Hiking Schedule


Hiker's Corner:

INSURANCE NOTE: Attention members: Foothills Trail Club carries liability insurance to financially protect all of us in case a participant in a Foothills activity is injured. As a condition of our insurance coverage, every participant in an activity needs to sign the liability waiver before the activity begins. So please make sure you sign the form!

HIKE LEADERS AND HIKERS: Before you commit to lead a club hike or plan a personal hike, check the trail conditions to ensure that the trail is open. This information can be found on the FLT website: www.fingerlakestrail.org. Click on "TRAIL CONDITIONS" and select the map # for your intended hike. Map numbers that appear in ORANGE have trails closures for hunting. Trail conditions are outlined for all the other maps #'s.

HIKER RESPONSIBILITY: We remind you that you, and only you, are responsible for your own actions. Come to our events prepared. Do not participate if the event may present a hazard for which you or your party members are not prepared. If weather is questionable or if you have questions, please call the named hike coordinator; the hike may be canceled. When participating, please respect the coordinator and do not break away from the group without telling them. We suggest you always keep your eye on someone in front of you, and behind you if you are in the lead. Please remember that hike leaders are not guides; they are volunteers, willing to share their knowledge and experience with you. Please give them your cooperation and respect. The leader has the right to refuse anyone who is not prepared for the outing. In addition, if the hike leader does arrange carpooling, passengers are expected to contribute toward the cost of transportation. Finally, since there are RISKS INVOLVED in hiking everyone participating does so at his or her own risk.

REMEMBER TO RESPECT LANDOWNER RIGHTS: Stay on the trail, don't take shortcuts, don't walk on crops, don't build fires or camp on private land and NEVER, EVER enter landowner buildings.

There are hikes scheduled for many days.  Be sure to thank those members who have volunteered to lead these activities.

Saturday, Oct 7 10am 4-5 mi 2B
Deer Lick Conservation Area, Gowanda, NY
MEET: at the trailhead on Point Peter Road. Take Route 62 to Gowanda. Turn left on South Water Street (1st street south of the bridge over Cattaraugus Creek) which becomes Commercial Street and then Palmer Street. Turn right onto Broadway Road and continue for a about a mile. Turn left onto Point Peter Road and drive about two miles to find the parking lot on the left past Forty Road. We will hike this beautiful national natural landmark complete with old-growth forests, peak fall colors and gorge views of Cattaraugus Creek. Wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather and bring a snack. Call 839-3114

Sunday, Oct 8 9:30am 6 mi 3B
Chestnut Ridge Park
MEET: at the Eternal Flame parking lot on Route 277 (one mile past the entrance to the park on
the right). It has white fencing like a horse corral. We will NOT go to the Eternal Flame. In and out, no car spotting. Please bring hiking poles. We will be crossing the creek a few times.
This will be a brisk paced hike. Call 572-8497

Tuesday, Oct 10 10am 4 mi 1A
Como Lake Park Saunter
MEET: at the first shelter upon entrance from Bowen Road. Call 651-9877

Saturday, Oct 14 - Fall Potluck

First Hike - 10am - fast pace 3B, moderate terrain, 5-6 miles
Meet at Sprague Brook Park casino. We will be hiking along the top of the ravines of Sprague Brook Park brook. This hike will take us along one side of the ravine and may involve crossing the brook. This will depend on the weather and water levels. In the interest of time, once we hike along the side of one ravine, we will be taking a shorter path back to the casino which may involve road walk and/or wet/muddy sections of the trail. The trail is relatively flat with no more than 30 feet of elevation change at any one point. Call 716-572-8497

Second Hike - 10:30am - moderate pace 2B, moderate terrain, 4 miles
Meet at Sprague Brook Park casino. We will hike to the cross-country ski trail and back.
Call 716-652-6190

Third Hike - 10:40am - leisurely to moderate pace 2A, flat terrain, about 2 miles
Meet at Sprague Brook Park casino. This will be an hour road walk to the camping area and then to the creek. Hike coordinator: TBA

Sunday, Oct 15 10am 6 mi 2B
Franklin Gulf County Park
MEET: at the parking lot on Larkin Road at the border of Eden and North Collins. Directions: Take the Thruway to Exit 57. Turn left onto Camp Road. Turn right onto Route 62. In about 6 miles turn left onto Sandrock Road. In about 1.7 miles turn left onto Larkin Road. The parking lot will be on the right. Call 646-5034

Tuesday, Oct 17 10am 2-3 mi 1A
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve Saunter
MEET: in the parking lot off Honorine Drive off Como Park Boulevard.
Call 651-9877

Saturday, Oct 21 10am 4 mi 2B
Beaver Meadow Audubon Center
MEET: in the parking lot at the road at 1610 Welch Road, North Java.
Call 1-585-457-9892

Sunday, Oct 22 10am 8 mi 2B
Allegany State Park - Tuscarora to Willow Bay
MEET: at the McDonald's in Salamanca. Call 585-365-5807 if you plan on attending. No calls, no hike!

Sunday, Oct 22 1:30pm 6 mi 2A
Tonawanda Parks
MEET: in River Road parking lot across from the end of Sheridan Drive. We will hike along the Riverwalk to Isle View Park to Two Mile Creek Greenway Trail to Sheridan Park and back to our cars. Call 823-8156
Tuesday, Oct 24 10am 2-3 mi 2B
Emery Park Saunter
MEET: in the south side parking lot. Call 652-6190

Saturday, Oct 28 10am 4 mi 2A
Ellicott Creek Park
MEET: in large parking area in park off of Niagara Falls Blvd. (across from Paul's Jewelers).
Call 691-6750

Sunday, Oct 29 10am 8 mi 2B

Allegany State Park - Bay State Road to Administration Building via Conservation Trail
MEET: at the McDonald's in Salamanca. Call 585-365-5807 if you plan on attending. No calls, no hike!

Tuesday, Oct 31 10am 3-4 mi 1A

Tillman Wildlife Management Park Saunter
MEET: in the parking lot on Shisler Road, near Wehrle Drive.
Call 651-9877

Saturday, Nov 4 9am 8.5 mi 3B
Niagara Falls Gorge Trail - Top to Bottom
MEET: in Niagara Gorge Discovery Center parking lot. We will carpool to Artpark's south lot to start our hike south. Hike will go up to the Power Vista, down Devil's Hole staircase, along the river edge, then up the Whirlpool stairs. We'll take the rim trail to 2nd Whirlpool stairs down to water's edge, then back up to the Discovery Center. Call 689-4177

Sunday, Nov 5 - Hike or Snowshoe 10am 4 mi 2A
Chestnut Ridge Park
MEET: at the Newton Road parking lot. Hike will be on the blue trail where you can see the effects of the summer 2017 tornado. We will be crossing small streams; trail could be muddy.
Call 716-512-0124 for directions or information.

Sunday, Nov 5 10am 8-10 mi 2B
Allegany State Park
MEET: at the McDonald's in Salamanca. Call 585-365-5807 if you plan on attending. No calls, no hike!

Saturday, Nov 11 9:30am 5 mi 2B
Eighteen Mile Creek
MEET: take I90 to the Camp Road exit, turn left. Turn right onto Sunset Drive and park in the plaza. Call 646-5034

Sunday, Nov 12 10am 4-6 mi 2B
MEET: at the 4th Street entrance of Artpark. Some rough terrain.
Call 405-7121

Saturday, Nov 18 10:30am 4.5 mi 2B
Hunters Creek Park
MEET: in the Centerline Road parking lot. Call 1-585-457-9892 or 652-6190

Sunday, Nov 19 10am 4 mi 2B
Emery Park
MEET: at top of ski hill on north side of park off Emery Road. Call 604-4095

Friday, Nov 24 10am 4 mi 2A
Como Lake Park
MEET: at the first shelter on the right off of Bowen Road entrance. Walk off some of your Thanksgiving feast! We will take a moderately paced walk on the roads of the park. Rain will cancel the walk. Call 860-5809

Saturday, Nov 25 1:30pm 3 mi 2A
Delaware Park Area
MEET: at 199 Lincoln Parkway (Delaware Park Rose Garden area).
Call 882-3488

Sunday, Nov 26 10am 8-10 mi 2B
Allegany State Park
MEET: at the McDonald's in Salamanca. Call 585-365-5807 if you plan on attending. No calls, no hike!

Monday, Nov 27 6:30pm
Foothills Trail Club Board Meeting
The meeting is held at the Julia Reinstein Library on Losson Road (between Borden and Union Roads). Please consider joining us. We always enjoy having members in attendance. If you do attend, please don't hesitate to ask questions and "speak up" about the topics being discussed. We are very interested in your input. Call 759-6442

Friday, Dec 1 6pm 2-4 mi 1A
Williamsville Holiday Lights Walk
MEET: by Wegmans bottle return, Essjay Road near Sheridan Drive. Icy conditions will cancel hike. Call 691-6750

Saturday, Dec 2 10:30am 4 mi 2A
Rails to Trails in Cheektowaga - Hike, Snowshoe or Cross Country Ski
MEET: in parking lot (east side of Union Rd) directly across from the Erie County Water Authority building. Enter at Niagara Metals, 3035 Union Road, and look for trail sign.
Call 675-3989

Sunday, Dec 3 - Hike or Snowshoe 10am 4 mi 2A
Chestnut Ridge Park
MEET: at the Newton Road parking lot. Hike will be on the blue trail where you can see the effects of the summer 2017 tornado. We will be crossing small streams; trail could be muddy.
Call 716-512-0124 for directions or information.

Friday, Dec 8 6:30pm 2B
16th Annual Friday Night Christmas Hike from Niagara Falls, NY, to Niagara Falls, Canada
MEET: in Prospect Point parking lot (next to the Rainbow Bridge). Join us for a winter evening hike around Goat Island and walk across the Rainbow Bridge to Canada to see the Holiday lights. This is a great way to enjoy the decorations with good company. We'll stop for a warm drink and snack when we finish. Bring 3 quarters and either a passport or enhanced license for the bridge. Bad weather cancels hike. Call 694-4346 or 405-7121 by noon, Thursday, December 7th, with any questions.

Saturday, Dec 9 10:30am 4 mi 2B
Stiglmeier Park - Hike or Snowshoe
MEET: after entering the park at the entrance on Losson Road, turn right and go to the last parking lot (past the playground). Call 675-3989

Sunday, Dec 10 9:30am 7-8 mi 2B
Sprague Brook Park - Hike or Snowshoe
MEET: enter park, turn right, follow road to cross country ski area. There is a nice warming hut there. Distance could be shortened if it's a snowshoe. Rain will cancel hike.
Call 823-8156

Saturday, Dec 16 10am 5-6 mi 2A
Niagara Falls
MEET: at water intake towers in Niagara Falls, NY. We will hike the Niagara River Bike Trail to the falls and back. Rain will cancel the hike. Call 823-8156

Sunday, Dec 17 11am 4-5 mi 2B
Chestnut Ridge Park - Hike or Snowshoe
MEET: at the casino. Call 651-9877

Saturday, Dec 23

Sunday, Dec 24 - Christmas Eve

Saturday, Dec 30

Sunday, Dec 31 9am sharp! approx. 8-9 mi 2C
16th Annual Holland Ravine Snowshoe/Hike
Map CT6 - Access 7 (Carpenter Road) to Access 4 (Savage Road)
MEET: at the Holland Willows, 177 Savage Road, Holland, NY 14080. Bring your snowshoes, hiking poles, lunch and water. Dress according to the weather. No snow; this will be a hike. Stopping for coffee afterwards. This is NOT a hike for beginners.
Call 716-587-2675


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