East Esker Trail

MODERATE 82 reviews

East Esker Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Honeoye Falls, New York that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
574 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

old growth

rocky

snow

Trailhead is on the north side of Pond Rd, between the intersections of Douglas Rd & Pittsford-Mendon Rd. The parking area is small with a Posted Brown Wooden sign "Horse Trailer Parking" or something similar. This is a nice run with a lot of elevation changes, some of the hills are steep and in wet conditions deep lugged trail shoes are recommended. Pay close attention to the green markers as many have gotten lost on this run/hike.

13 days ago

I did come across some horses, as well as horse shit. However, the trail offered a slightly(matter of opinion) challenging, steady incline, then periodic incline, combined with easy down hill or straight up walking.

Notable, green trail offered multiple bathroom stops.

Also a place to to refill your water.

hiking
1 month ago

nice afternoon walk. several other people with dogs, everyone very nice along the trail. Even a couple cross country skiers left. all trails marked clearly. nice rolling hills and great view at the bench. Enjoyable day!!

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail! Some nice hills, very pretty. Took under 2 hours to do the 5 miles. I went when there was some snow on the ground, which was very icy underneath on most of the trail, maybe from the xc skis? So just be careful or bring your microspikes!

3 months ago

Nice trail, good hike.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Well marked, saw plenty of white tail deer. Will definitely go again.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike on well marked trail (green markers). Weather was cold but sunny.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike with the pup! Just make sure you follow the green markings if you want to stay on East Esker Trail. Lots of chipmunks and saw three whitetails!

Moderately strenuous. Hiking boots is a must as it was muddy in some areas.

hiking
7 months ago

The hike is actually closer to 5 miles if you follow the green markers but it was a GREAT hike! My 4 and 7 year olds came along and did amazing! So proud! Will do this one again for sure!

hiking
9 months ago

A bit of a challenge in some spots but a nice hike. Many deer sightings along the way today.

hiking
9 months ago

Good trail, well marked with some nice meadow views. Occasionally you walk near the road but that's only for a few hundred yards. The trails had some washout down the center but after all the rain we had in the spring it's to be expected. Bugs weren't bad and saw a bunch of people throughout.

trail running
10 months ago

+Good variation in elevation
+Varied and pleasant scenery
+Mostly wide trail

-Horse droppings everywhere
-Vicious black flies
-Can get muddy

hiking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The best time to hike in this place is during Fall(October/November). Also, you can spot couple of deer. It takes roughly 2 hours to complete the trail.

hiking
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Great trail with lots of varying terrain. We ran out of daylight or we would have finished it I would like to go back to complete the trail.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

So great! A little of everything on this trail.

hiking
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Nice trail -one of my favorites in Mendon. It's got some good ups and downs and is well marked. I did this last week and it definitely had some slick and icy parts in the snow. Some of the trail is ny the road which isn't the nicest but overall it's an enjoyable hike. I saw two deer as well by the water tower. In years past I have cross country skied this trail as well.

hiking
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Great fairly easy hike if you stick to the main trail. Good combination of wooded and open areas with a good amount of ridge hiking. Only negative is there are a lot of loose stones on the sharper inclines.

hiking
Monday, May 09, 2016

I absolutely love this trail. It takes me about two hours to complete when walking at a leisurely pace (total trail length is approximately 4.7 miles). As others have stated, it is very easy to wander off the trail so always keep a look out for green paint markers on the trees. There are also numerous hills and valleys on this trail which makes it interesting. The trail also goes near the road sometimes, which I don't find to be particularly enjoyable when out hiking, but overall a great hike!

hiking
Sunday, July 19, 2015

Parts in woods parts out open. Good hike has ups and downs.

walking
Sunday, May 24, 2015

Excellent trail for cross country running or a brisk walk. The relative lack of stones and roots on the trail makes it easy for going fast. The trail meanders over and around short hills. Runs along a well travelled road and in sight of houses in a few places but mostly surrounded by pleasant mixed forest dominated by maples which provide cool shade for most of the trail. There are many side trails which make following the route confusing. Look for rectangular green paint blazes on the trees.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Great spot to relax

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3 months ago

recorded snow shoe

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3 months ago

recorded icy walk

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