First Tuesday Evening Hike 2018: Waterfront Trail West

Tuesday, February 27, 2018  •  4:00 pm
  • Hike rating: Length - 4.6 miles; Pace - Moderate; Terrain - Easy
  • Event/Trailhead location: From Rt 13 in downtown Ithaca, go west on NYS 79 across the flood control channel bridge and turn left onto Floral Avenue. In 0.3 mile, parkĀ at the southern parking lot on the waterfront trailĀ (click for map).
  • Contact: Gundy Lee   607-279-3719

Tonight's hike will go because Gundy Lee generously offered to lead. Thank you, Gundy.

Many of us love to be out in the woods but have trouble making time for long rigorous hikes. A nice hike for a few hours in the evening is called for.

Tonight is the inaugural Tuesday hike for 2018. We'll be out for two or three hours most Tuesday evenings from now until deer season. The hikes are at moderate pace; the topography varies from the dead flat of the Waterfront Trail to a 700 foot change in elevation on the FLT in Texas Hollow. These are not necessarily easy hikes, meaning that hikers are expected to realistically assess their fitness level and keep up with the group. Be prepared for some ravines, steep inclines and descents, slippery footing and creek crossings. 
We explore interesting landscapes, flora and fauna, so we may stop briefly to admire what the trail has to offer. But the focus is a pace that provides moderate exercise, fresh air, conversation, and an opportunity to get the heart pumping at the end of the day. On some nights you are invited to share a cup of tea or an ice cream after the hike with the group. 

Tonight's destination is the western half of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail, along with about a half mile through the old dog park near Treman Marina. We start and end at the last parking area at the south end of the Flood Control Channel on Floral Avenue. Could be cold and blustery, but the view up the lake around sunset is usually pretty good and worth the hike.

The Waterfront Trail is a joint effort of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail Initiative, the City of Ithaca, and the Chamber of Commerce. Cayuga Trails Club contributed several thousand dollars towards its completion in 2014, including a brick and a bench. Dozens of other groups, couples and individuals joined us in providing financial support for the trail; they are identified by inscribed bricks at the Cass Park kiosk and on trailside benches.

Dress in layers according to the weather, wear sturdy boots and be prepared for icy or slippery trails. The trail is usually plowed this time of year, but since part of our hike is on unmaintained trail, traction devices like micro spikes are a good idea, depending on conditions. Bring water.

If you need help with navigation, email Gundy.

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