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    Joe Cuzz saved Pulpit Rock Loop Trail

    10 months ago

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    Joe Cuzz updated Lakeview Pond to Lake Ontario

    over 1 year ago

    Joe Cuzz updated Lakeview Pond to Lake Ontario

    over 1 year ago

    Joe Cuzz reviewed Lakeview Pond to Lake Ontario

    over 1 year ago

    This is nice for anyone who wants a short hike/nature walk. The trail is near a swampy area so there are bugs, especially at dusk. The end of the trail is across a wooden walkway that takes you over the sand dunes in the area and ultimately finishes at the shore of Lake Ontario.

    I've completed this hike with my daughter for years and she loves it, especially because it takes her to the beach. There's lots of birds through the wooded area and if the conditions are right, you could even come across a snapping turtle making it's way to the swamp.

    Joe Cuzz completed Lakeview Pond to Lake Ontario

    over 1 year ago

    Joe Cuzz updated Lakeview Pond to Lake Ontario

    over 1 year ago

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    over 1 year ago

    Joe Cuzz reviewed Taughannock Falls

    over 1 year ago

    This is one of my favorite short distance, easy hikes in the Finger Lakes region. The gorge trail is beautiful and the cliffs extend really high. The creek bed was pretty dry on my last visit (due to drought conditions), but there's usually ankle deep water flowing that you can take off your shoes and walk in. The rock is flat & smooth there also.

    The falls are higher than Niagara Falls, but very narrow. They were just a trickle during our last visit, but they are still majestic. There is also a great lookout from the upper rim that is a really good place for photos.

    The gorge trail is short, less than a mile and is very easy. We did this as a 2nd hike for the day and we were in & out in less than 2 hours. The gorge trail is good for dogs and children. I definitely would recommend this one for the views alone.

    Joe Cuzz completed Taughannock Falls

    over 1 year ago

    Joe Cuzz reviewed Gorge Trail and Indian Trail Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Pretty heavy traffic at this one, but the views are well worth it. You'll pass multiple waterfalls throughout the gorge trail. We went in late June during a drought season so the falls were probably not flowing as heavy as normal. I went with my son & my younger daughter (6 at the time) and she was fine for the full loop.

    The gorge is incredibly beautiful and the gorge trail is a very easy walk. Near the opposite end from the parking area, you'll run into quite a few steps at once.

    Overall, it's a pretty easy hike and the views are great from virtually everywhere. It's well worth dealing with the crowds to see this one.

    Joe Cuzz completed Gorge Trail and Indian Trail Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Joe Cuzz reviewed Bald Mountain (Rondaxe Fire Tower)

    over 1 year ago

    I did this trail with my 5yo daughter about a year and a half ago in the late summer. It was one of her first moderate hikes (she loves hiking). Needless to say, we both managed this trail pretty easily. There is one spot where the smooth rock trail is at a fairly steep angle. There are alot of trees & roots to get you through there, though.

    The top is mostly all rock and has a couple of steep dropoffs. As long as you pay attention, it's an easy walk at the summit. The view is phenomenal. And what makes it even better is the fire tower at the top. You can get some great shots of the Adirondacks and surrounding lakes from here. It IS pretty heavily used, so you may run into alot of other folks along the way.

    I'd rate this as a short easy-moderate trail, depending on your experience. The trail is easy to follow and not a very long distance at all.

    Joe Cuzz reviewed Black Bear Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Great medium length hike featuring 2 trails. You can take the shorter, steeper trail to the top or follow the longer, more level trail. My 6yo daughter and I opted for the longer trail and were able to complete the full hike, as well as spending 20-30 minutes at the top, in about 3 hours.

    It's a decent hike with no major obstacles on the longer trail. The summit is gorgeous with a great view of the high peaks in the distance. It's also mostly rock at the top so there's very little foliage to obstruct the views.

    I enjoyed the hike as well as the views at the top. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a partial-day hike with nice views at the destination.

    Joe Cuzz completed Black Bear Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Joe Cuzz reviewed Whetstone Gulf Trail

    over 1 year ago

    I did this trail with my daughter and wife a couple of years ago. It's a very wooded trail. The beginning of the trail is a decent elevation in a short time. Once you get past there, it levels out pretty well.

    The higher you get on the rim and away from the creek, the more peaceful it becomes. About a mile and a half or so into the trail, it's completely peaceful with the exception of the wind and birds. My daughter and I saw a deer run across the path from only about 20 yards away. It's a very nice wooded trail in my opinion.

    The gorge isn't very clear from the path. There's quite a few trees obstructing the view of the gorge, although there's a few spots where there are partial clearings and you can get a glimpse of it. Parts of the trail consist of many roots, so be cautions of tripping hazards.

    I rated it a 4 mainly because of the lack of gorge views. As a nature hike, it's very peaceful and enjoyable, though.

    Joe Cuzz completed Whetstone Gulf Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Joe Cuzz reviewed Salmon River Falls -Lower Dam Trail

    over 1 year ago

    I've been coming out here for about 5 years now. It's a great quick stop with incredible views. If you're short on time, but want great views to take countless pictures of, then this is it. There's a rim trail and a gorge trail (which is usually closed during the winter months). The rim trail is accessible throughout the year... we've been in all seasons.

    The falls are beautiful and tall. They look phenomenal in any season. The gorge trail takes you right to the bottom of the falls. There's no swimming signs posted, but people regularly swim there. We were able to swim out and jump into the water from directly behind the falls. It was really fun.

    The rim trail leads to a stairway that takes you right down to the Salmon River at the top of the falls. There's plenty of flat rock that you can walk on. Be very careful at the top because there are no railings or barriers. You can walk right to the edge of the falls.

    The trail itself is easily accessible for kids and dogs. There's virtually no incline (unless you follow the gorge trail) except for the stairway to the river. There's also a couple of lookouts along the rim trail. I gave this 5 stars because of the sheer beauty and freedom to roam. It never gets old.

    Joe Cuzz reviewed Black River Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Although not a hiking trail, this is fantastic for almost anyone. The whole path is completely paved, making it easy to access for almost anyone, from kids and dogs, to elderly and those in wheelchairs. The path follows the Black River for the full length. We were there in late fall, so it was covered with leaves. I expect that this is a fantastic walk during early fall while all the leaves are changing color.

    If you're looking for off road hiking, then this isn't it. If you're looking for a nice easy path to enjoy the outside, then this is a gem.

    Joe Cuzz completed Black River Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Joe Cuzz reviewed John Young Nature Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Basically the whole trail is wooded, preventing much of a view near the waterfall. You really have to look to see the falls because they are pretty far away. The trail itself is not bad. I saw people mountain biking on it when I was there. Depending on the time you go, be prepared for mud in sections. Overall, it's a decent short trail, but not alot to offer in the way of scenic views aside from the forest. It would probably be a nice fall hike.

    Joe Cuzz completed John Young Nature Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Joe Cuzz reviewed Tug Hill Trail

    over 1 year ago

    This is a pretty basic trail. It's not very long and it's almost completely through the forest. If you're looking for a scenic trail, this is NOT the one. This is a good trail for a short nature walk if you're short on time. Depending on the time of year, it can also be very muddy so be prepared.

    Joe Cuzz completed Tug Hill Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Joe Cuzz reviewed Whittaker Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Me, my son and my 6 year old daughter were here last year. It's a bit out of the way, but definitely worth the search.

    We were here during a drought so the water was quite low, but still flowing decently. There's no railings and to get to the lower falls, you have to scramble over the rocks. It's really not that bad... my 6 year old did it with me, but I wouldn't recommend for kids much younger.

    The main falls are not very big, but they are shaped nicely. You can stand on either side of the falls since there's no designated path. You can also get right next to the water from the bottom as well. There is also a lower falls that is maybe 20 feet tall and the only way beyond that point is to climb down rocks and brush. Not too much to hold on to at that point anyway. This was our stopping point.

    Overall, this is a very nice and fairly secluded spot that's not overwhelmingly busy. We were there in June and only saw a handful of other people. I'm not sure how high the water gets, but we had plenty of flat rock to walk along. Also, once yo get to the stream from the parking area, the falls are to the left. We went the wrong way when we were there and had to backtrack because there are no signs.

    Joe Cuzz completed Whittaker Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Joe Cuzz reviewed Stony Point Trail

    over 1 year ago

    I've been here on and off for a few years. Snakefoot Trail along the water has some very nice views of Lake Ontario and nearby islands. The cliffs drop into the water and is very scenic, especially on a sunny day. The trail is very good for families as it is well kept with very little incline. There's also a protrusion from the cliff which offers a great place for a picnic with awesome views of the lake.

    I've never actually followed the trail back into the woods, so I can't comment on that side of the trail, but snakefoot along the lake is well worth it. Also, there is no entry fee whatsoever.

    Joe Cuzz completed Stony Point Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Joe Cuzz reviewed Mount Marcy from Adirondak Lodge

    over 1 year ago

    I did this mountain as my introduction to Adirondack hiking about a year and a half ago. Though not an easy trail at almost 14 miles, it's also not as hard as some other, shorter trails in the region.

    I went on a very cloudy day so I didn't get the views that some of the others here were treated to. My summit consisted of fog and 30 degree windy weather. But no rain at least. Just below the peak, under the clouds, the views are incredible. No words can describe the views.

    My favorite part of this trail (probably because the summit was so foggy) was Indian Falls.. a small waterfall about 2/3 or so of the way up. Very peaceful and VERY VERY beautiful. The view from the Marcy dam is also incredible, but from a much lower vantage point.

    My advice to anyone who's never been on this trail... be prepared. It was about 65 degrees at the Adirondack Loj when I started and the summit was extremely windy and in the mid 30's about 4 hours later. Also, be prepared for several miles of broken rock hiking. It's not too bad, but if you're not used to it, your feet will be sore on the way back down.

    Ultimately, the views are worth the time you put in. I was able to summit from the Loj in about 4 hours or so. However, it was late summer and there was very little mud also. There are camping spots along the way as well if you have a tent. Very enjoyable and peaceful hike.

    Joe Cuzz reviewed Marcy Dam Trail

    over 1 year ago

    I was on this trail about a year and a half ago... in late August. It was the beginning of my hike to Mt Marcy. But the views of the high peaks from the Marcy Dam were breathtaking, especially for such a short and rather level hike.

    At the time I was here, the dam was damaged and you had to cross via a footbridge nearby. I'm not sure if that has been repaired yet, but it really makes no difference because the footbridge only adds about 10 minutes to your hike.