May 7, 2022 – Run for the Bluebells!

Starting at the Parking Lot Behind the Fire Station in Fishers 6:30 am

The goal of this week’s route is to view the Bluebells in Mertensia, just east of Victor. To make this a reasonable distance for most of us, I suggest starting at the parking lot behind the Fire Station in Fishers at 6:30 am.  I will be starting from here.

Pick up the Auburn Trail and head towards Victor.  Stay on the Auburn trail all the way to Mertensia- after crossing Mud Creek, turn left and run down into the park back towards Mud Creek, and follow the trail (turn right) on the eastside of Mud Creek, enjoy the flowers and you should come out near the tennis courts. Head back up the hill and return via the Auburn Trail.  Distance is 13.2 miles.

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For those who would like to see the Bluebells but want a shorter run – park next to Finn’s Tap Room, on Maple St. in Victor. Follow the Auburn Trail to the east right from the parking area. The round trip distance is just a little over 5 miles.

If you park at the Lehigh Crossing Park just off 251, and pick up the Auburn Trail – you will reduce the round trip run to a little over 9 miles.         

Alternate – Starting from the Park-n-Ride

For those wanting to start from the usual parking lot, turn left out of the parking lot, then turn right on Fishers Rd.  Pick up the Auburn Trail on the left after crossing over Irondequoit Creek, and follow it all the way past Victor to Mertensia. Enjoy the flowers, then run back.  Distance is 20 miles.

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The rest of the options do not include a view of the bluebells.

For 8.3 miles – Fishers Rd to Auburn Trail to Main St Fishers.  Turn around and follow the Auburn Trail back to Fishers Rd and continue on Auburn Trail past the old swimming hole to Railroad Mills.  Stay on the Auburn Trail to Woolston. Right on Woolston, left on Corduroy, right on Park Rd, left on 96 and back to the parking lot.

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For 10.1 miles –stay on the Auburn Trail to Phillips then return as the 8.3 mile route. 

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For 12.2 miles – turn around on the Auburn Trail at 251.

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For 14.5 miles – turn around on the Auburn Trail at Rawson Rd.

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May 7, 2022 – White Brook Nature Trails

According to my notes – we have not run this route since November of 2020!

Trails and Roads –  head out the canal towards Fairport.  Exit onto Ayrault and head east.  Turn right on the Perinton Bike Hike Way.  Cross over Hogan, then turn left on Mason.  Turn right on Ranney Dr. When Ranney Dr. crosses over the creek – you can pick up the orange trail, on the left.  Follow the orange trail over to Broadmoor, cross over and continue on Orange.  Follow orange between the ponds, then bear to the right to follow orange over to Aldrich.  Turn right on Aldrich, then left into the White Brook Nature Center.  Turn left in the parking lot to continue on orange.  Follow the orange markers thru the park and you should come out (hitting white near the end) at the corner of Ayrault and Aldrich.  Follow Ayrault back to the canal and return to the basin.  Distance is 13.9 miles.

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Road Route – head out the canal towards Fairport.  Exit onto Ayrault and head east.  Turn right on the Perinton Bike Hike Way.  Follow this over to Egypt Victor Rd near Lollypop Farms.  Turn left on Egypt Victor Rd, right on 31, and the left on Aldrich.  Turn left onto Ayrault and follow this all the way back to the basin.  Distance is 12.8 miles.

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Road route short cuts – from the Perinton Bike Hike Way – turn left on Mason, then left on Ayrault and rejoin the main route.  Distance is 11 miles.

Or turn left on Hogan, then left on Ayrault, rejoin main route.  Distance is 9.3 miles.

TRAILS ONLY –for those who feel there are too many roads to get to the trails – meet at the Park and Ride – then car pool over with me to the parking lot on Ayrault next to the Perinton Bike Hike Way.  We will make it a loop by following the Hike way over to Mason, then pick up the Crescent Trail over to Broadmoor, the White Brook Nature Trails, then run along the south side of the canal all the way to the Perinton Bike Hike Way and back  to the cars.  8.3 miles or maybe more.

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April 30, 2022 – A Whole Lot of Turns! Or Trails of Powder Mills Park

Trail option – run the trails of Powder Mills Park until you are tired, then take the roads back to the parking lot

Road option: We ran this route once last summer, and I thought it was time to try it again!

Turn left out of the parking lot.

Turn right on Fishers Rd.

Turn right on Woolston. Turn right on Railroad Mills.

Turn left on Sturbridge, then left on Fall Meadow. This will take you out to East.

Turn right on East.

Turn left on Thornell.

Turn left at the traffic light onto Pittsford Mendon Rd.

Take the first left onto Bromsgrove Hill.

At the end of the cul-de-sac, you will find a pedestrian path – follow this over to Sunrise Park.

At the next intersection take the left to continue on Sunrise Park.

Turn left on Van Voorhis.

When Van Voorhis turns left – take the pedestrian path on the right over to Wren Field Lane.

Turn left on Wild Berry Lane.

Turn right on East St.

East turns into Mile Square.

Turn left onto Probst.

Continue straight on Railroad Mills.

Turn left on Fishers Rd.

Turn left on 96 and return to the parking lot.

There may be a few hills…. Distance is 12 miles

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For 14.4 miles – Follow the 12 mile route until you get to Van Voorhis.

Turn right on Van Voorhis.

Turn left on Pittsford Mendon Rd.

Turn left on Smith.

Turn left on Miles Square.

Turn right on Probst and rejoin the 12 miles route.

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For 10 miles – follow the 12 mile route. Stay on Van Voorhis to East. Turn left on East, then right on Park Rd. Turn left on 96 to return to the parking lot.

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April 23, 2022 – Up Thayer or Trails thru Indian Hill to Crescent Trail

April 23, 2022 – Up Thayer or Trails thru Indian Hill to Crescent Trail

Road Routes:

Turn left on 96, then left on Garnsey, turn left on Turk Hill, then right on 31.  Turn right on Thayer, right on Steele, cross over Turk into Beaumont, right on Neuchatel, right on Vineyard Hill, left on Garnsey and back to the basin.  Distance is 10 miles.

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For 11.3 – on Turk Hill continue heading north across Rt. 31. Turn right on Ayrault, then turn right on Hogan, then left on 31.  Turn right onto Thayer and rejoin the 10 mile route.

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For 13 – stay on Turk Hill until you get to Pebble Hill Rd.  Turn right on Pebble Hill Rd, then right on Bridgewood Dr..then a right on Falling Brook Rd. This will bring you to Ayrault – turn left on Ayrault, then rejoin the 11.3 mile route with a right on Hogan.

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Trails – turn right on 96, then right on Kreag. Turn right on 31. Turn right into the Indian Section of the Crescent Trail. Follow the trail over to Turk Hill. Turn left on Turk and pick up the Crescent Trail on the right. Follow the Crescent Trail all the way back to Garnsey. Left on Garnsey and then right on 96 to return to the parking lot. Distance is 9.9 miles. (Your actual distance will vary depending on which trail options you take)

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April 16, 2022 – Carterville Trail and Auburn Trail

Turn right out of the parking lot and run 96 towards the Basin. Pick up the Cartersville trail on the right, between Marsh Road and the Marathon gas station, Stay on the trail until you are almost across from Knickerbocker. Cross over 96 and get on the Auburn Trail from the parking area.  Cross over Mill Rd, and then cross over Thornell to stay on the Auburn Trail – this will bring you to a driveway that leads to East St. Cross over East St and stay on the Auburn Trail, picking up the trail behind the power substation. Cross over Railroad Mills to stay on Auburn Trail

For 7.8 miles – turn left Woolston, then left on Corduroy. Turn right on Park Rd, then left on 96 and return to the parking lot

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For 9.4 miles – Stay on the Auburn Trail to Probst/Railroad Mills intersection. Turn left and head up the big hill. Turn left on Fishers Rd, then left on Woolston, right on Corduroy,right on Park Rd, then left on 96.

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For 10.6 miles – stay on the Auburn Trail to Fishers Rd. Turn left on Fishers Rd, left on Woolston, right on Corduroy, right on Park Rd, then left on 96.

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For 11.9 miles – stay on Auburn Trail to Main St Fishers. Turn right, then right on Fishers Rd. Left on Woolston, right on Corduroy, right on Park Rd, then left on 96.

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For 14.4 miles – stay on the Auburn Trail to the Lehigh Trail. Turn right onto the Lehigh trail. At Wangum Rd, turn right , then left on Main St. Fishers, then right on Fishers Rd. Left on Woolston, right on Corduroy, right on Park Rd, then left on 96.

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April 9, 2022 – A Few Hills

Let’s run this hilly route this weekend!

Turn left out of the parking lot, and head towards the mall on Rt. 96.

Turn left to go up Woodcliff.

Turn left on Moseley.

Turn right on Garnsey.

Turn right to go up Vineyard Hill.

Turn left on Neuchatel, then left on Beauclaire.

Turn right on Turk Hill. This will bring you back towards the mall.

Turn left into the shopping plaza formerly occupied by Dick’s.

Turn left to go up High Point. This will take you out to Valentown.

Turn left on Valentown.

Turn left to go up Baker.

Turn left to go down Steele.

Turn right to go up Turk.

Turn left to go down Garnsey.

A right turn at 96 returns you to the parking lot.

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For 14.4 miles – follow the 12 mile route until you are at the top of Baker. Continue straight on Thayer. At the intersection with Bluhm, turn left to continue on Thayer. Turn left on 31, then left to go up Turk Hill. Turn right on Garnsey and rejoin the 12 mile route.

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For 10.6 miles – start with the 12 mile route.

When Woodcliff runs into Moseley, turn right.

Turn left onto Rt. 96.

Then a left to go up High Point (just before Starbucks on 96) and rejoin the 12 mile route.

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For 7.8 miles, follow the 10.6 mile route.

On 96 turn left onto Turk Hill.

Turn right on Garnsey, then left on 96 to return to the parking lot.

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April 2, 2022 – Linear Park Run

Head out the canal path towards Fairport.  Exit the canal onto O’Connor.  Turn left on Whitney.  Whitney will turn into Five Mile Line Rd.  Turn left on Rt. 441, then left into Linear Park.  Cross over Irondequoit Creek and head up the hill.  Turn left on Lincoln Mills, left on Linden then right on Bluff.  Turn left into Eyer Park.  Take the trail over to Midvale – turn left.  Turn right on Baird, left into BOCES, then take the trail around the back.  Turn right on O’Connor and then right on the canal and back to the basin.  Distance is 13.5 miles.

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For 11.8 miles, turn left on Linden from Whitney and then left on Bluff Dr., rejoining the main route

For 9.2 miles – on Whitney – turn left on Baird, then left into BOCES, rejoining the main trail

For 7.5 miles – run the canal until you get to O’Connor, then turn around and retrace your steps back to the parking lot.

For 16 miles – follow the main route – when you return to the canal turn left and run over to Turk Hill. Turn around and follow the canal back to the basin.

March 26, 2022 – Seneca Trail and Auburn Trail OR High St and the Auburn Trail

TRAIL OPTION – Head towards the mall on Rt. 96. Turn left on Moseley, then immediate right on Lasalle Parkway. At the end, pick up the Seneca Trail, which runs behind the Plaza. Cross over Turk Hill and continue on the Seneca Trail under the power line. Follow this into the woods on the right near the top of the hill. Cross over High Pointe and you will come out near Valentown Hall. Cross over High St and continue on the Seneca Trail to the left of the Restaurants. This trail will follow along 96 then go behind the Walmart Plaza, and come out on Willowbrook. Turn right, go under the bridges, then climb over the guard rail to continue on the Seneca Trail. Follow the trail into Ambush Valley, where General Denonville with around 3000 troops was attacked by Seneca Indians in 1687. Continue on the trail – you will come out on 96 across from Rt. 251. Take 251, then turn right on a blue trail, just before you get to the Auburn Trail. Follow the blue trail over to the Lehigh Trail – turn right on the Lehigh Trail, cross over the Auburn Trail, then take the ramp on the right down to the Auburn Trail. Turn left on the Auburn Trail – follow this to Fishers Rd. Turn right on Fishers Rd, then left on 96 and return to the parking lot. My best estimate is the trail route is 12.3 miles

ROAD OPTIONS

For 9.4 miles – Left out of the parking lot, run up 96 to the mall. Turn left onto High St. Right on Willowbrook, right on Rowley, right on 96, then left on Benson. Turn right on Fishers Rd then left on 96 and return to the parking lot.

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11.3 miles – Left out of the parking lot, run up 96 to the mall. Turn left onto High St. Right on Willowbrook, right on Rowley, cross over 96 and continue on Main St. Fishers. Right on Auburn Trail and follow this to Powder Mills Park. Turn right on Woolston, left on Corduroy, right on Park, then left on 96 to return to the parking lot.

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For 12.6 – on High St, continue past Willowbrook, then right on Lane. Turn right on 96 then left on 251. Right on Auburn Trail and follow this to Powder Mills Park. Turn right on Woolston, left on Corduroy, right on Park, then left on 96 to return to the parking lot.

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For 14.6 – on High St., continue past Lane. At Main St in Victor, turn left. Turn right on School, then right on Rawson. Right on Auburn Trail and follow this to Powder Mills Park. Turn right on Woolston, left on Corduroy, right on Park, then left on 96 to return to the parking lot.

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For 15.8 – from the 14.6 route – on School St., stay on School to Dryer. Turn right on Dryer, then right on Cork. Turn right on 251, then left on Auburn Trail, follow this to Powder Mills Park. Turn right on Woolston, left on Corduroy, right on Park, then left on 96 to return to the parking lot.

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March 19, 2022 – The Springhouse Run

Head out the canal towards Pittsford. In the village, go past the railroad trestle and turn right into the Town Highway Department drive. Pick up the trail on the left that will connect over to the Auburn Trail. Cross over French and follow the trail until you are across the street from the Springhouse Commons. Cross over 31 and pick up the old Erie Canal Trail that runs behind Wegmans. Follow this back across French Rd and connect back with the Barge Canal, and follow the canal all the way back to the Basin. Distance is 11.6 miles.

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For around 8 miles, on the Auburn Trail take the nature trail option on the left shortly after you get on the Auburn Trail. The nature trail will take you back to the canal

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For 14.8 miles, follow the standard route. When the Old Erie Canal reconnects with the Barge Canal, turn right and run over to the JCC. Turn around and run all the way back to the basin along the towpath.

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March 12, 2022 – Van Voorhis and West Bloomfield

The forecast for Saturday is for a lot of new snow. With poor footing, high winds and blinding snow, the official route is to roll over and go back to sleep. If however you decide to come out anyway, here is a suggestion….

Turn left out of the parking lot, then turn right on Park Rd. Turn left on East, then right on Van Voorhis. Turn left on Pittsford-Mendon Rd, then turn right on Canfield. Turn left on West Bloomfield. Take a left onto Smith, followed by a right on Mile Square. Turn right on Probst, then left on Railroad Mills. Turn right on Woolston followed by a left on Corduroy and a right on Park Rd. A left on 96 will bring you back to the parking lot. Distance is 12.3 miles

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For 10.3 – when on Pittsford-Mendon, go past Canfield, then turn right on Cole. Turn left on Mile Square and rejoin the main route

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For 8 miles – when on East – go past Van Voorhis. East changes to Mile Square. Turn left on Probst, rejoining the longer routes

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For a longer run – 14.8 miles – stay on West Bloomfield past Smith.Turn left on 251, then left on Mile Square, rejoining the shorter routes.

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