People will be outdoors in all 50 states Saturday, June 3 as many organizations join with the National Hiking Association to celebrate National Trails Day. For the Foothills Trail Club in Western New York, National Trails Day 2017 celebrates the 55th Anniversary of the founding of the Conservation Trail. The trail starts at the Rainbow Bridge and runs 177 miles, across Grand Island, east to Corfu in Genesee County and then south, through Wyoming County, back through southern Erie County and on to Cattaraugus County, through Allegany State Park to the Pennsylvania border.
The original section of the trail, in Holland, will be celebrated on June 3 by a day of hikes, dedication of a sign honoring the founding member volunteers, and a reception at the Holland Community Center on Canada Road, at 2:45 PM. All the hikes will start at 177 Savage Road at the Holland Willows parking lot. Starting 8:00 AM, the longest hike will traverse the Holland Ravines section for about 9 miles of strenuous ups and downs through 40 ravines. The second, leaving 10:15 AM, will cover about 10 ravines. Both these hikes will stop over at Becker Pond where the sign will be dedicated. A shorter hike of about 3 miles will end at the Holland Community Center for the reception. All are welcome. Hikes should bring water, lunch, and hiking poles, and be prepared for mud. Details on the hikes are at www.foothillstrailclub.org.
National Trails Day Hikes Finger Lakes Trail Club June 3, 2017
Hike 1: 9+ miles through the Holland Ravines (CTY-6 Access 7 Carpenter Rd to Access 4-Savage Rd.) Meet at Holland Willows at 8:00 AM. Strenuous, up and down more than 40 steep ravines and gullies. You must be an experienced/ advanced hiker for this hike. Pace medium-fast. Lunch on the trail, reaching Becker Pond around 12:30 for sign dedication.
Hike 2: Shorter version of Hike 1. Meet at Holland Willows at 10:15 AM. Access 4 Savage Rd. to Becker Pond and back. Hike 6+ miles up and down 10 steep gullies and ravines. Medium pace. Lunch on trail, reaching Becker Pond around 12:15 for sign dedication.
Hike 3: Meet at Holland Willows at 11:00 AM. Access 4, 3.2 miles miles over and back through wooded area and fields. This hike will not go to Becker Pond. Participants will go to the Holland Community Center to help set up the 2:30 reception.
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The Foothills Trail Club was founded in 1962 by a few hikers and outdoors enthusiasts who wanted to build a trail from Allegany State Park to Lake Ontario.
Our trail is called the Conservation Trail. It extends 180 miles from Pennsylvania through Western New York to Niagara Falls where it connects with Canada's Bruce Trail.
The southernmost 68 miles of the Conservation Trail are also part of the Finger Lakes Trail which extends across the Southern Tier from Allegany State Park to the Catskills. The Foothills Trail Club is affiliated with the Finger Lakes Trail Conference which oversees the Finger Lakes Trail. This section of the trail is also within the corridor for the North Country Scenic National Trail which is to stretch from New York to North Dakota. The club also belongs to the American Hiking Society's alliance of hiking organizations. CNY Hiking is an affiliated web site that lists many trails and hiking clubs. If you are going to be near San Diego, CA, check out Hiking San Diego's website.
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