Esker Brook Nature Trail provides a nice loop through woods, along a stream, around a pond, and up the glacially formed ridge and back through the woods (1.5 miles for one loop, but there are 4 miles of trails to extend the walk). The terrain is easy to moderate with some ups and downs. The trail surface is mostly natural. We can expect snow, ice, or mud at this season. I’ll check it out a few days prior to the event to see if we need snowshoes. Alternatively, we may cancel if it is too icy.
Bring your own snowshoes or wear appropriate boots, water, snack, no restrooms, optional: binoculars for birding.
Optionally we can visit the Montezuma Winery afterwards.
We'll meet at the trail entrance parking lot
Take thruway exit 41. Turn right (south) onto Route 414 and follow for approximately 200 yards (183 meters) to the traffic light. Turn left (east) at the light onto Route 318 and follow for approximately 5 miles (8 km) to the end of Route 318 where it meets Routes 5 & 20. Turn left (east) onto Routes 5 & 20 and then north on Rte. 89, turn left on Lay Road and right on E. Tyre. Sign for parking and trail access is on the right.
GPS coordinates 42°58'27.2"N 76°47'01.9"W or 42.974210, -76.783850.
More info with map at http://www.cnyhiking.com/EskerBrookNatureTrails.htm
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