The Wesley Hill Nature Preserve has its roots in a land purchase made by three artists in 1926, with the preserve being established in 1999 thanks to the efforts of the Finger Lakes Land Trust and the artists' heirs. The preserve has about 8 miles of trail but we'll do a loop of about 3 miles, vising the old artist's cabin and the overlook along the way. The loop will take us through old and new forests, an old red pine plantation, and old field land succumbing to scrubland. Hunting is prohibited the weekend that we'll be hiking, and it's likely we'll only see a few other people out in this hidden gem.
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Much of the trail is wide and flat. Patches of mud, depending on the recent weather. Wooded trail along the gully rim is narrower and leaf covered - a walking still makes the going more secure. There are some ups and downs, though not too intense. I would classify this as easy to medium difficulty.
What to Bring
Dress for the weather and a hiking stick is recommended. Bring water and a snack if desired.
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