Tuesday Evening Hike: Waterfront Trail East

Tuesday, March 21, 2017  •  4:30 pm

 Note Change in Hike Destination 

  • Hike rating: Distance - 4 miles; Terrain - Easy; Pace - Moderate; Overall rating - Easy
  • Event/Trailhead location: Chemung Canal Trust Company parking log, corner of Taughannock Blvd. and Buffalo Street, Ithaca.   (click for map) .
  • Contact: Gary Mallow   garymallow2004@yahoo.com

Please note we have changed our hike tonight due to dlifficult trail conditions following last week's snow. We will attempt Hinchcliff Family Preserve later this season.

Tonight's destination is the eastern half of the Waterfront Trail. This is long loop route. We will hike up the trail from the Cayuga Inlet, past the Farmer's Market, over Cascadilla Creek and along the perimeter of the golf course, then over Fall Creek and through Stewart Park to the south end of the lake. It's likely to be cold and blustery there, but if the weather is clear, we'll be able to see at least ten miles north. We'll stop at the Visitors Center and retrace our steps back to the cars.

The Waterfront Trail is a joint effort of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail Initiative, the City of Ithaca, and the Chamber of Commerce. Major funding came from our tax dollors, but the Cayuga Trails Club, among many other other groups and individuals, also contributed. The club's name is inscribed on a brick and a bench. The trail was completed in 2015 after 14 long years of negotiation and planning.

Dress in layers according to the weather, wear sturdy boots and bring water.

The hike begins and ends at the Chemung Canal Trust Company parking lot, corner of Taughannock Blvd. and Buffalo Street. Please use public parking along Taughannock Blvd. or the public lot just off Taughannoock Blvd. If you are unsure of finding the start point, you may meet Gary at Eastern Mountain Sports parking lot at 4:15 p.m. and he will guide you from there.

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