Before the leaves began to fall, we took a good long afternoon hike in Powder Mills Park, near Victor NY. Trails there range from easy to more than moderate, passing through beautiful stands of northern hardwoods and evergreens.
The park includes nearly 400 acres of forested hills and green meadows. There's room for picnics, ballgames, and group gatherings in widely scattered shelters. Don't miss the Fish Hatchery or the amazing Mushroom House near the northeast entrance off Route 96.
|The Trillium Trail is perfect for a weekend walk in the woods|
|The Ridge Trail is a good climb through stands of oak, sassafras and maple|
|The Ridge follows atop a steep slope that leads down to the Trillium trail|
|Nick conquers a fallen tree above the big Ridge drop-off|
|Wetlands border the lower Trillium section, with branch trails leading in|
The Ridge/Trillium loop made a fine one-mile hike that left us warmed-up for more. So we backtracked to the Fish Hatchery and trekked into the hilly woods north of Park Road there.
|The Hatchery's blue loop wanders among a mixture of young and old trees|
|Sometimes it's tough to locate the trail among the twisted trees there|
|Looking up, from the trail, at the grandeur above|
After struggling to find our way among the confusing blue blazes of the Hatchery loop, we'd had enough of the Powder Mills' woods for one weekend. It's a gorgeous park with several more miles of trails for us to discover ... on another day.
Up next, we tackle a lovely trail that begins just over a mile from our front door.
All photos copyright 2010 - Jim Bessey. Reprints provided with attribution.
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NOTE: I've been remiss in announcing our Motorola Give-Away winner. I'll make that announcement later on this weekend. Thanks to everyone who entered, for your patience!