Thursday Morning Ski or Snow Shoe tour on the Black Diamond Trail South

Thursday, March 16, 2017  •  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

 Cancelled due to extended winter weather advisory 

  • Hike rating: Distance - 5-6 miles; Terrain - Easy; Pace - Moderate; Overall rating - Easy
  • Event/Trailhead location: Cass Park Children's Garden parking lot, Route 89 (Taughannock Blvd.), Ithaca (click for map).
  • Contact: Barbara Nussbaum   607-257-6906

The recent snow fall gives us the unique chance  to ski or snow shoe on the Black Diamond Trail, which runs from Cass Park to Taughannock Falls State Park.  It was originally a railroad bed, built primarily to bring the all-important commodity-coal-from Pennsylvania to the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes. It has been repurposed into a gentle trail.  We will begin at the trailhead in Cass Park, we will ski or snow shoe for up to 90 minutes, stop and retrace our tracks, about five to six miles total. Primary natural feature of this hike is gentle grade as we rise above Cass Park on the trail bed through the woods.

The Black Diamond, envisioned as a connector trail between Taughannock Falls and parks to the south, required many years to become a reality, and it is still under development. Under the leadership of the New York Parks (OPRHP), two very substantial bridges finally made the rail bed accessible to hikers. You can now hike from Cass Park to Taughannock Park on a wide, straight, flat trail. Many think the landscapes and vantage points that give you a view of Cayuga Lake and local fields and stands of forest make it worth the effort.

As the trail is very gentle it is suitable for beginner skiers and newbies on snow shoes as well.

Please, let Barbara know if you plan to come.

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