First Tuesday Evening Hike 2017: Waterfront Trail West

Tuesday, February 28, 2017  •  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, park at the southern parking lot on the waterfront trail (click for map).
  • Contact: Gary Mallow   garymallow2004@yahoo.com   607-339-5131

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 2017. We'll be out for two or three hours every Tuesday evening 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. Hikers are expected to keep up with the group and to be prepared for some ravines and steep inclines, but don't expect the Adirondacks. The group shares an interest in features of the landscape, interesting avian life and flora, 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 a few nights you are invited to share a cup of tea or other beverage after the hike at a local bistro with the group. Tonight we'll visit Panera.

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 southernmost parking area along the Flood Control Channel on Floral Avenue. Could be cold and blustery, but the view up the lake around sunset is usually pretty good.

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 has contributed several thousand dollars towards its completion, including a brick and a bench.

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 and the other Ten Essentials.

If you need help with navigation, email Gary. As a last resort, Gary will stop at the Eastern Mountain Sports parking lot on Meadow St. promptly at 3:50 P.M. to guide you.

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