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    Member Since March 2019

    Michael Szczepanik

    Buffalo, New York 

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    Michael Szczepanik reviewed Garden of the Gods Loop Trail

    12 days ago

    Reasonably easy hike. You are out in the open for most of the time so it can be extremely hot. Not many shaded areas. We saw an elk, nothing else in the way of wildlife. Foot traffic was slightly more than moderate. This isn't exactly what I would call hiking by definition so there were plenty of people in flip flops and very young children on the trail. The red rock formations are beautiful. Worth the trip, but wouldn't make it a must see!

    Michael Szczepanik reviewed Ute Trail from Poudre Lake to Alpine Ridge

    12 days ago

    The star of this trail is the wildlife. The trail is basic and easy to follow. Elevation gain is not very extreme, but noticeable at times. The temperature extremes are also noticeable being cooler at the Alpine Visitor center where you are above 12,000 feet. We saw a number of Marmont, a few Elk and dozens of mule deer. Foot traffic was moderate. There were always other hikers within view, but no over crowding like many hikes in the park

    Michael Szczepanik reviewed Ouzel Falls via Wild Basin Trail

    12 days ago

    My favorite hike in the park. You first travel to Calypso Cascades and can chose to stop there if you wish. Should you continue on the hike to Ouzel Falls is just over 5.5 miles with an elevation gain of just over 1000 feet so there is a substantial amount of climbing on an easily traveled path. The crowds were very heavy. The fast moving stream follows you along side of the trail pretty much the entire distance. There are incredible photo opportunities and the entire hike is very surreal culminating at the beautiful water falls.

    Michael Szczepanik reviewed Lake Haiyaha

    12 days ago

    Enjoyable hike. Combined it with the hike to Emerald Lake. The the trail forks at the 1.1 mile marker so on the way back from Emerald we took the other trail to Haiyaha.. It is about 5.5 miles altogether. Elevation gain is close to 800 feet so there is a great deal of climbing on a paved path. Well worth the extra time. Emerald Lake was the more crowded of the two, but Haiyaha still had a great deal of foot traffic. The lakes are pretty, but it is the surrounding scenery that is the star of the show.

    Michael Szczepanik completed Lake Haiyaha

    12 days ago

    Michael Szczepanik reviewed Emerald Lake Trail

    12 days ago

    Enjoyable hike. Combined it with the hike to Lake Haiyaha. The the trail forks at the 1.1 mile marker so on the way back from Emerald we took the other trail to Haiyaha.. It is about 5.5 miles altogether. Elevation gain is close to 800 feet so there is a great deal of climbing on a paved path. Well worth the extra time. Emerald Lake was the more crowded of the two, but Haiyaha still had a great deal of foot traffic. The lakes are pretty, but it is the surrounding scenery that is the star of the show.

    Michael Szczepanik reviewed Stiglmeier Park Trails

    6 months ago

    I love this place, but one thing never fails when I walk here.....I always manage somehow to get lost. Several interconnecting trails. Many paved by a boardwalk, Scenic, plenty of wildlife, ponds, woods. Never really crowded

    Michael Szczepanik reviewed Ellicott Creek Trailway

    6 months ago

    A very nice trail that follows Ellicott Creek from North Forest and Maple to Ellicott Creek Park. Very scenic, several bridges take you back and forth across the creek. I enjoy running and walking here as well as kayaking in the creek. The section that takes you through the University of Buffalo campus is particularly nice. My girlfriend and I often park one car at one end and start at the other in order to walk the entire path. Plenty of wildlife (deer, fox, wild turkey's) Large parking lot with restrooms. It does indeed get crowded, but you can avoid that by going out early. You beat the heat this way as well.

    Michael Szczepanik reviewed Walton Woods

    6 months ago

    Frequent this beautiful place often, even in the winter months as long as there is no snow on the ground. The path winds so you can not see very far ahead which adds to its allure. It is not as short as some have indicated. There are two sections of the path that connect with another path that circles Walton Pond, So you have the woods, pond and Audobon Lake to enjoy. Total distance for the loop is about 1.6 miles. (I circle it twice in just about an hour) The lake is also a good fishing whole. Took my great nephew there and he caught six fish in under and hour. There are also nature trails that take you directly into the woods. There are several entrances, the easiest being off Sylvan via Millersport. Lots of wildlife as well.

    Michael Szczepanik completed Walton Woods

    6 months ago