Tonight's destination is Buttermilk Falls State Park and the beautiful gorge that is home to Buttermilk Creek.
We will hike from the lower park up about .75 mile on the very steep and challenging park gorge trail that runs parallel to Buttermilk Creek. When we reach the top, at West King Rd., we will continue upstream on the Bear Trail, around Treman Lake, and eventually head downstream and downhill on the rim trail and back to the cars. If we have some luck and have timed our hike correctly, we will see wildflowers, a torrent of water cascading down the gorge, its many waterfalls and cataracts, and the wonderful stone masonry of the Civilian Conservation Corps, which constructed this trail in the 1930's.
This is one of the most beautiful and dramatic hikes in Tompkins County, but it is also steep and difficult hiking upstream. If you are a novice hiker or struggle with uphill pitches, you might consider joining us another time. This one is not for newbies.
Meet in the Buttermilk Falls Park lower parking area off Route 13, just south of Home Depot and the Goodyear auto repair shop.
If you are unfamiliar with this parking area, call or email Gary. As a last resort, Gary will stop briefly at EMS promptly at 4:45 to guide you.
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