(**If you want to do this hike but the time or day doesn't work for you, let me know. We can either reschedule or schedule another one.**)
The week of Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times in the woods for deer hunters, so hunting free zones like Steege Hill Nature Preserve are perfect for a hike on #OptOutside day!
In the 1970s the town of Big Flats passed New York State’s first local ordinance to regulate logging in response to the heavy logging done on Steege Hill. Thankfully the trails take us to unlogged sections, and the logged areas are recovering.
There are over 6 miles of trails in the preserve, we'll select segments for a 2-3 hour hike (based on attendee interest).
RSVP and Cancellations
Please respect the trip leader (who will travel an hour to get to the hike) and update your RSVP if you sign-up but then are unable to attend. If you attend without RSVP-ing it is possible that the hike may have changed without notification.
The hike starts with a steady 300 ft climb to the top of Steege Hill on an old (logging) road. After that there will be more down and up. Many of the trails are on old logging roads, a few are single-track forest trails. There may be mud, and a possibility of needed to step over or walk around downed trees.
What to Bring
Dress for the weather. Sturdy soled shoes, a walking stick, hat, gloves, layers. Bring water and a snack or lunch.
There are no facilities onsite, and no nearby businesses. If you use TP in the outdoor facilities make sure to bring a zip lock baggie so you can carry it out (TP is so gross to find in the woods).
Location and Directions and Additional Information
Visit the Finger Lakes Land Trust page for the Steege Hill Nature Preserve for customized directions and more information: http://gofingerlakes.org/locations/steege-hill-nature-preserve/
GPS: 42.10669, -76.954421
Approx Address: 528-544 Steege Hill Rd, Corning, NY 14830
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This free event is open to members and non-members of Women Outdoors. Non-members are invited to join us on two events to see what you think. The third time's a charm - we'll ask you to join Women Outdoors at that point. You can join now by clicking on Join Us
You can also join our Meetup Group: http://www.meetup.com/Women-Outdoors-Finger-Lakes/ and you'll be able to share in the conversation with other attendees, ask about car-pooling, borrow equipment, etc. RSVP here or on Meetup.