We'll hike out to Council Rock, traditional site of the Seneca Indian council fires. This is where the modern day Labor Day ceremonial bonfire is lit to start the "Ring of Fire" around Canandaigua Lake. See links in the Other Information section for additional history and legend.
RSVP and Cancellations
Please respect the trip leader 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.
If it warms up there will be mud. If it stays cold there will be ice patches. The trails are wide and it is possible to skirt the ice, or bring micro-spikes. The trails consist of a dirt road and mowed stubbly areas. There is about 200 ft of elevation gain, most of it gradual.
What to Bring
Dress for the weather. It's a hill overlooking Canandaigua Lake, so the breeze might be cold. Plan on layers and wind breaker, scarf for your face, and something to cover your ears. Bring water and a snack if desired.
Location and Directions
5921 Van Epps Road, Rushville, NY 14544, off of Bare Hill Rd. The road is plowed in the winter, and the parking area is at the end of Van Epps Rd. Please use your favorite mapping program to find the best route from your location. If you decide to drive in on County Rt 10, note that the road name changes at each intersection.
There are no facilities onsite, and no nearby businesses. There is a gas station and convenience store in Rushville. Canandaigua to the north and Naples to the south are the nearest larger size areas where you might find facilities. 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).
Bare Hill Unique Area - DEC Site
CNY Hiker - Bare Hill
Bare Hill Legend and History
Ancient History of Bare Hill and Region
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