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, Aug 5 9am 5-6 mi 2B
Clarence
MEET: in parking lot of Clarence Town Park on Main Street (Route 5) in front of the clubhouse. Hike will be mostly wooded trails and some paved path. Call 716-759-2628

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Saturday, Aug 5 10am 4-5 mi 2B
Franklin Gulf Creek Hike
MEET: in parking lot on Larkin Road. Take Route 62 through Eden. Turn left on Sandrock Road. In about 1.7 miles, turn left onto Larkin Road. A small parking lot is on the right. This will be a walk IN the creek. Wear shorts and water shoes. You may want to have a set of dry clothes in case you slip in the creek. We will eat lunch in the creek. We will be walking up a waterfalls in the creek. Be sure to wear proper footwear. Hike will be canceled if rain the day of or heavy rain the week prior to the IN the creek walk. Call 585-457-9892 or 652-6190

Sunday, Aug 6 8:30am 7 mi 2B
Finger Lakes Trail - Bear Creek Road to Phillips Road (M4)
MEET: at Phillips Road off of Route 242. Call 585-365-5807 if you plan on attending. No calls, no hike!

Monday, Aug 7 6pm 3 mi 2A
Evening City Walk in Buffalo
MEET: St. John's-Grace Episcopal Church located at the corner of Lafayette Avenue at Colonial Circle. Gather at the RED DOOR on Lafayette Avenue. Walk will be around Richmond Avenue, Buffalo Psych Center and Delaware Park Rose Garden. Bring water. No hike if raining. Call 852-3090. Please, no phone calls the day of the hike. They will not be returned!

Tuesday, Aug 8 10am 3 mi 1A
Bird Island Pier Saunter
MEET: at the foot of Renaissance Parkway (opposite Ferry Street) and park in the lot to the right upon entrance. Call 759-6442

Tuesday, Aug 8 6:30pm 4 mi 2B
Stiglmeier Park
MEET: after entering the park at the entrance on Losson Road, turn right and go to the last parking lot (past the playground). Call 873-0913 or 439-0062

Wednesday Night Mini-Hike, Aug 9 6:30pm 3-4 mi 2A
Lehigh Memory Trail and Village of Williamsville
MEET: in the park and ride lot on Union Road near Main Street. Optional: ice cream stop during the hike. Call 691-6750

Thursday, Aug 10 6pm 3 mi 2B
Knox Farm State Park - Evening Hike in the Woods
MEET: in the parking area by the red barns. Rain will cancel the hike.
Call 716-548-1401

Saturday, Aug 12 8am 9.6 mi 2B
North Country Trail - Willow Bay to Sugar Bay
MEET: at the McDonald's in Salamanca. Call 585-365-5807 if you plan on attending. No calls, no hike!

Sunday, Aug 13 1:30pm 4 mi 2B
Stiglmeier Park
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

Monday, Aug 14 6pm 3 mi 2A
Evening City Walk in Buffalo
MEET: St. John's-Grace Episcopal Church located at the corner of Lafayette Avenue at Colonial Circle. Gather at the RED DOOR on Lafayette Avenue. Walk will be around Richmond Avenue, Buffalo Psych Center and Delaware Park Rose Garden. Bring water. No hike if raining. Call 852-3090. Please, no phone calls the day of the hike. They will not be returned!

Tuesday, Aug 15 10am 3-4 mi 2B
Hunters Creek Saunter
MEET: in the Centerline Road parking lot. Call 652-6190

Tuesday, Aug 15 6:30pm 4 mi 2B
Stiglmeier Park
MEET: after entering the park at the entrance on Losson Road, turn right and go to the last parking lot (past the playground). Call 873-0913 or 439-0062

Wednesday Night Mini-Hike, Aug 16 6:30pm 3-4 mi 2B
Chestnut Ridge Park
MEET: in parking lot by the casino. Call 652-6190

Thursday, Aug 17 6pm 3 mi 2B
Knox Farm State Park - Evening Hike in the Woods
MEET: in the parking area by the red barns. Rain will cancel the hike.
Call 716-548-1401

Saturday, Aug 19
Work Party
Watch for a Yahoo email for the details on where trail work is going to take place.

Sunday, Aug 20 8:30am 10 mi 2B
Conservation Trail - Route 353 to 242 (CT3, Access 1 to 6)
MEET: at the Tim Horton's on Route 219 near Route 242. Call 585-365-5807 if you plan on attending. No calls, no hike!

Monday, Aug 21 6pm 3 mi 2A
Evening City Walk in Buffalo
MEET: St. John's-Grace Episcopal Church located at the corner of Lafayette Avenue at Colonial Circle. Gather at the RED DOOR on Lafayette Avenue. Walk will be around Richmond Avenue, Buffalo Psych Center and Delaware Park Rose Garden. Bring water. No hike if raining. Call 852-3090. Please, no phone calls the day of the hike. They will not be returned!

Tuesday, Aug 22 10am 3-4 mi 1A
Bird Island Pier/Breakwall Saunter
MEET: at the foot of Renaissance Parkway (opposite Ferry Street) and park in the lot to the right upon entrance. Call 873-7941

Tuesday, Aug 22 6:30pm 4 mi 2B
Stiglmeier Park
MEET: after entering the park at the entrance on Losson Road, turn right and go to the last parking lot (past the playground). Call 873-0913 or 439-0062

Wednesday Night Mini-Hike, Aug 23 6:30pm 4 mi 2A
Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area
MEET: in parking area on Wehrle Drive and Shisler Road in Clarence.
Call 759-6442

Thursday, Aug 24 6pm 3 mi 2B
Knox Farm State Park - Evening Hike in the Woods
MEET: in the parking area by the red barns. Rain will cancel the hike.
Call 716-548-1401

Saturday, Aug 26 9:30am 9.9 mi 2B
Conservation Trail - Getman Road to Summer Road (Darien Lake State Park)
MEET: in Summer Road parking lot. Bring plenty of water and a lunch.
Call 716-735-7302 or 946-5840 (cell)

Sunday, Aug 27 1:30pm 4 mi 2A
Beaver Island State Park
MEET: in the parking lot at the end of Ferry Road, off of South Parkway, Grand Island.
Call 823-8156

Monday, Aug 28 6pm 3 mi 2A
Evening City Walk in Buffalo
MEET: St. John's-Grace Episcopal Church located at the corner of Lafayette Avenue at Colonial Circle. Gather at the RED DOOR on Lafayette Avenue. Walk will be around Richmond Avenue, Buffalo Psych Center and Delaware Park Rose Garden. Bring water. No hike if raining. Call 852-3090. Please, no phone calls the day of the hike. They will not be returned!

Tuesday, Aug 29 10am 3-4 mi 1A
Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area Saunter
MEET: in the parking lot on Shisler Rd, near Wehrle Drive. Call 651-9877

Tuesday, Aug 29 6:30pm 4 mi 2B
Stiglmeier Park
MEET: after entering the park at the entrance on Losson Road, turn right and go to the last parking lot (past the playground). Call 873-0913 or 439-0062

Wednesday Night Mini-Hike, Aug 30 6:30pm 3-4 mi 1A
Buffalo Medical Campus
MEET: in front of "Innovations Centers", 640 Ellicott Street (on street parking free after 5pm and also at Buffalo General Hospital parking lot. Rain will cancel the hike.
Call 445-5017

Thursday, Aug 31 6pm 3 mi 2B
Knox Farm State Park - Evening Hike in the Woods
MEET: in the parking area by the red barns. Rain will cancel the hike.
Call 716-548-1401

Saturday, Sep 2 10am 6 mi 2B
Boyce Hill State Forest
MEET: at Phillips Road and Route 242. We'll hike to the end of the forest trail at Jackson Road where there is a pond and bivouac area and then back to our cars. We'll stop by the lean-to for lunch. Please bring hiking poles and water. Call 759-6442

Sunday, Sep 3 1:30pm 3 mi 2B
Akron Falls County Park
MEET: at Cummings Lodge. Call 439-0062

Tuesday, Sep 5 10am 4 mi 1A
Goat Island Saunter
MEET: at Main and Fourth Streets, Niagara Falls, NY. Possible lunch at Culinary Institute after.
Call 759-6442

Tuesday, Sep 5 ***NEW TIME*** 6pm 4 mi 2B
Stiglmeier Park
MEET: after entering the park at the entrance on Losson Road, turn right and go to the last parking lot (past the playground). Call 873-0913 or 439-0062

Wednesday, Sep 6 9:30am 3 mi 2A
Buffalo Neighborhood Walk
MEET: in Delaware Park at the intersection of Route 198. We will walk through a small "hidden" neighborhood and then the Hamlin Park Historic District. Call 837-8545 by 5pm Sunday, September 3rd, if you are coming. No calls, no walk!

Wednesday Night Mini-Hike, Sep 6 6:30pm 3-4 mi 2A
Erie Basin Marina
MEET: by the Hatch Restaurant. Optional: ice cream after the hike.
Call 875-9475

Saturday, Sep 9
Work Party
Watch for a Yahoo email with the details on where trail work is going to take place.

Sunday, Sep 10 9am 8 mi 2B
Conservation Trail
MEET: at Allen Road trailhead. Loop hike to Middle Road and back. Call 585-365-5807 if you plan on attending. No calls, no hike!

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Sunday, Sep 10 10am 6 mi 1A
Eighteen Mile Creek / Village of Hamburg
MEET: in Union Pleasant Elementary School parking lot off Union Street, Village of Hamburg. Union Street is off of Buffalo Street (Route 62). We will walk on sidewalks, roadway and nature trail that will follow Eighteen Mile Creek through the Village of Hamburg with views and/or crossings of the creek at five points along the way. Call 716-512-0124

Tuesday, Sep 12 10am 2-3 mi 2B
Emery Park Saunter
MEET: at south side parking lot. Call 652-6190

Tuesday, Sep 12 ***NEW TIME*** 6pm 4 mi 2B
Stiglmeier Park
MEET: after entering the park at the entrance on Losson Road, turn right and go to the last parking lot (past the playground). Call 873-0913 or 439-0062

Wednesday Night Mini-Hike, Sep 13 6:30pm 4 mi 2A
Ellicott Creek Trailway
MEET: in parking lot off North Forest Rd, just north of Maple Rd. Call 835-9728

Thursday, Sep 14 6pm 5 mi 2B
Chestnut Ridge Park Evening Hike
MEET: in the parking lot by the casino. Rain will cancel hike.
Call 716-548-1401

Saturday, Sep 16 9:30am 7 mi 2A
Rails to Trails - FLTC Weekend Pre-Hike
MEET: at Tim Horton's, Camp Road and Southwestern Boulevard in Hamburg near West Herr Ford. Drive time to hike is 60 minutes. This hike starts on the right-of-way of the Niagara Mohawk Corp. passing through woodlands with a shady canopy of trees while gently climbing the Lake Erie Escarpment offering views of Lake Erie. Call 435-9674
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Saturday, Sep 16 10am 3 mi 2B
Akron Falls County Park
MEET: at Cummings Lodge. Call 439-0062

Sunday, Sep 17 10am 5-6 mi 2A
Niagara River
MEET: at the foot of Porter Avenue near the Buffalo Yacht Club. Bring water. No hike if raining. Call 852-3090. Please, no phone calls the day of the hike. They will not be returned!
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Sunday, Sep 17
Work Party
Watch for a Yahoo email with the details on where trail work is going to take place.

Tuesday, Sep 19 10am 4 mi 2B
Knox Farm State Park Saunter
MEET: in the parking lot off Route 16 (Seneca Street) near Bowen Road.
Call 759-6442

Tuesday, Sep 19 ***NEW TIME*** 6pm 4 mi 2B
Stiglmeier Park
MEET: after entering the park at the entrance on Losson Road, turn right and go to the last parking lot (past the playground). Call 873-0913 or 439-0062

Wednesday Night Mini-Hike, Sep 20 6:30pm 3-4 mi 2B
Williamsville Escarpment to Glen Park
MEET: near bottle return area of Wegmans, Sheridan Drive and Essjay Road.
Call 691-6750

Thursday, Sep 21 6pm 3 mi 2B
Knox Farm State Park - Evening Hike in the Woods
MEET: in the parking area by the red barns. Rain will cancel the hike.
Call 716-548-1401

Saturday, Sep 23 9am 8.5 mi 2B
North Country National Scenic Trail Day - W. Branch Bucktooth Rd to Chimney Stone Rd
MEET: at the end of Chimney Stone Road off of Route 353 near Salamanca, NY. From here we will carpool to W. Branch Bucktooth Run Road to start our trek. There are two major climbs on our hike starting right at the beginning (530') and again on 4th Street (510'). Come see the new reroute through Elkdale State Forest, all the new puncheons put in place last year and the interpretative signs along the Pat McGee Trail. Bring plenty of water, extra snacks and your camera for some great photo opportunities. Call 716-316-4388

Sunday, Sep 24 1:30pm 3 mi 2B
Akron Falls County Park
MEET: at Cummings Lodge. Call 439-0062

Monday, Sep 25 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

Tuesday, Sep 26 10am 3-4 mi 1A
Erie Basin Marina Saunter
MEET: in front of the Hatch Restaurant. Call 691-6750

Tuesday, Sep 26 ***NEW TIME*** 6pm 4 mi 2B
Stiglmeier Park
MEET: after entering the park at the entrance on Losson Road, turn right and go to the last parking lot (past the playground). Call 873-0913 or 439-0062

Wednesday Night Mini-Hike, Sep 27 6:30pm 2.5 mi 2A
Amherst Mystery Walk
MEET: in Tim Horton's parking lot on Sweet Home Road and Skinnersville Road.
Call 691-6750

Thursday, Sep 28 6pm 5 mi 2B
Chestnut Ridge Park Evening Hike
MEET: in the parking lot by the casino. Rain will cancel hike.
Call 716-548-1401

Friday, Sep 29th, thru Sunday, Oct 1st - Finger Lakes Trail Conference Fall Weekend
at Chautauqua Institution hosted by Foothills Trail Club. See the TALES for details.

Tuesday, Oct 3 10am 4 mi 2B
Stiglmeier Park Saunter
MEET: after entering the park from Losson Road, turn right and go to the last parking lot (past the playground). Call 651-9877

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!
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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

 

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