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Hike Eldridge Wilderness, Ithaca NY

  • 17 May 2015
  • 10:00 AM
  • Ithaca, NY

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Due to trail maintenance scheduled for Sat, this hike has been moved to Sunday May 17. Attendance is limited to 11.

 

Come explore the Eldridge Wilderness Preserve with me - I haven't been to this preserve yet, but the local Nature Conservancy representative told me that the trails have recently been re-marked and maintained. The trail is approximately 1.3 miles long, and will take about an hour to hike, depending on what opportunities there are for exploration. Dogs are not allowed in the preserve.

Donated in 1971 by Frank L. Eldridge, The Eldridge Wilderness Preserve includes a variety of early and late plant succession areas and a small gorge along the southeast boundary where the stream drains into Six Mile Creek. The trail enters a second-growth hardwood forest with medium sized chestnut oak, shagbark hickory and White ash, then enters an upland area that was farmed until the 1950s. A wagon road, built in the middle of this area, served as an access road for lumbering and farming operations. The trail then follows the side of a gorge through a mature mixed forest with red oak and chestnut oak, Beech, Sugar maple and a grove of large Hemlocks.

Approximate Travel Times 
Ithaca - 10 min 
Auburn - 1 hr 
Victor - 1.75 hrs

Start Time: Please plan your travels so that you arrive with enough time to prepare to start to hike at 10 am.

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