Category Archives: Path

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April 14, 2018 – Run the Canal

April 14, 2018 – Run the Canal

An article in the paper indicated that the canal towpath is closed for 2 to 4 weeks between Ayrault and Perinton Town Park due to emergency canal repairs needed prior to the start of the summer boating season, which starts mid-May.  So runs in that direction are out. Never fear, I have come up with a route that puts us on the canal, with only a very small part that retraces last week’s route.

Turn left out of the parking lot. Turn left on Garnsey, then left on Sully’s Trail. Turn right on Kreag. Turn left on Rt. 31, then pickup the canal and run back towards Bushnell’s Basin. Follow the canal path until you get to the Cartersville Guard Gate, and turn right to connect with Marsh Rd. Turn left on Marsh, cross over Rt. 31, then turn left onto the old Trolley Trail. Follow this thru the Senior Citizen Complex, cross over 31, then turn left to follow the Auburn trail, cross over Mitchell, then turn left onto the canal. Retrace your route back to the parking lot – (right onto 31, right on Kreag, left on Sully’s Trail, right on Garnsey, right on 96)

Distance is 12.4 miles.

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For 7 miles, turn around on the canal where the path goes under Marsh Rd.

For 9 miles, turn around at the Great Embankment Park.

For 10 miles, turn around at the Cartersville Guard Gate.

For 14.6 miles, when the main route turn back on the canal from the Auburn Trail, turn right and run over to Schoen Place. Then turn around and return to the main route.

April 7, 2018 – Carterville Trail and the Springhouse

April 7, 2018 – Cartersville Trail and the Springhouse Run

Cartersville – An active shipping port on the Erie Canal.  Horses were changed here in the Towpath era. It was located near where East St intersects Rt. 96. The flood control gate is officially known as the Cartersville Guard Gate.

Let’s check out the trail that runs along the south side of the canal heading towards Pittsford. Most of the surface is short grass and relatively flat. I will be making use of this trail a lot over the next several months while Marsh Rd bridge is closed.

Turn right out of the parking lot. The trail starts on the right just past Marsh Rd. Pick up the sidewalk that runs behind the Hess Station. This section of the trail is actually part of the Crescent Trail – orange blazes. Follow the trail along the south side of the canal. You will see a parking area – the footpath will continue past the parking area. When you cross the Perinton/Pittsford boundary, the trail becomes the Cartersville Trail. The trail will take you over to Mitchell Rd, though around East St you will be running across open grassy areas. Trail weaves in and out of the woods between 96 and the canal. The last 100 yards or so before Mitchell you will need to run on the shoulder of 96. Turn right on Mitchell, cross over the canal and turn left onto the Auburn Trail. Just before Rt 31, turn left under the power line, then turn right on the canal.

Follow the canal path until you pass under the railroad trestle. Bear right onto the Town Highway Department road, then turn left onto a trail that will connect you with the Auburn Trail. Follow the Auburn Trail across French Rd, and stay on the Auburn Trail until you are across the street from the Springhouse. Cross 31 and pick up the old Erie Canal trail that runs behind Wegmans. Follow this across French Rd, to the Barge Canal. Turn left on the Barge Canal trail. When you get to the power line, retrace your steps back to the basin and the parking lot (Power line to Auburn Trail to Mitchell to the Cartersville Trail.

Distance is 12.5 miles.

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For 6 miles, follow the main route until you reach the power lines. Turn around and retrace your steps to the parking lot.

For 8 miles, follow the main route until you get to where the canal path reaches Main St in Pittsford. Turn around and retrace your steps back to the parking lot.

For 10 miles, follow the main route until you get to where the Auburn Trail crosses French Rd. Turn around and retrace your steps back to the parking lot.

For 15 miles – follow the main route. When you go from the Old Erie Canal to the Barge Canal, turn right on the Barge Canal. Run over to the JCC, turn around and head back to the basin.

February 24, 2018 – Canal, canal, canal

February 24, 2018 – Perinton Bike Hike Way and Ayrault Rd

SAVE THE DATE: March 10, 2018 – Around the Bay

In honor of this being the last weekend that the bridge over the canal at Marsh Rd is open for the next 6 months, I thought we should run a route that starts and ends on the canal.

Head out the canal towards Fairport. Take the pedestrian bridge across the canal after you pass by Turk Hill, which puts you on the Perinton Bike Hike Way.

For 10.3 miles, turn right on Ayrault Rd, then return to the basin on the canal.

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For 12 miles stay on the Perinton Bike Hike Way to Hogan. Turn left, then take a left on Ayrault, and pick up the canal to return to the basin.

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For 13.7 miles, stay on the Perinton Bike Hike Way to Mason. Turn left, then take a left on Ayrault, and pick up the canal to return to the basin.

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For 15.5 miles, take the Perinton Bike Hike Way across Rt 31 and continue to Lollypop. Turn left on Egypt-Victor Rd. Turn right on Rt 31, then left on Aldrich. Take a left on Ayrault, and pick up the canal to return to the basin.

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For 7 miles – I recommend out and back on the canal to Perinton Town Park.

January 20, 2018 – Linear Park Run

January 20, 2018 – 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.

October 7, 2017 – Springhouse Run

October 7, 2017 – 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, stay on the canal to the 2nd time Rt 31 crosses the canal, turn around and retrace your steps.

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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September 16, 2017 – Auburn Trail – Center Section

September 16, 2017 – Auburn Trail – Center Section

Turn left out of the parking lot, then turn right onto Park Rd. Turn left on Corduroy, then take a right on Woolston. Just before Woolston runs into Railroad Mills, turn left onto the Auburn Trail.

For 8 miles, stay on the Auburn Trail until you come to Fishers Rd. Turn around and re-trace your path back to the parking lot.

For 9 miles, turn around at Main St. Fishers.

For 11 miles, turn around at Phillips Rd.

For 13.5 miles – stay on the Auburn Trail until you get to Rt. 251. Turn left on Rt. 251, and take the first left into Lehigh Crossing Park. Take the first trail on the right – this will connect you to the Lehigh Trail. You will cross over the Auburn Trail – then take the ramp on the right that will connect you with the Auburn Trail. Re-trace your path to the parking lot.

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If you need something longer, stay on the Auburn Trail until you are half-tired, then return the way you came.

There is a nice little trail loop that you might want to consider – shortly after you cross over Main St. Fishers, there is a wooden Indian statue next to a bridge on the right. Cross over the bridge and follow the trail. Take right options – then loop back to the bridge. Distance is estimated to be 10.5 miles if you return back to the parking lot after running the trail.

September 2, 2017 – Linear Park Run

September 2, 2017 – 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.

For a longer option with trails – on Whitney at Linden – go under the bridge along the creek to pick up the Linear Park Trail.  Run this all the way down to Panorama Plaza.  Return back up to Linear Park and then follow the usual route back.  Distance is 15.3 miles.

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August 26, 2017 – Auburn Trail North

August 26, 2017 – Auburn Trail North

All Routes – begin by turning right out of the parking lot. Turn right on Marsh Rd and stay on Marsh after crossing over the canal. Cross over Rt. 31, then take a left onto the old trolley trail. Follow the trail thru the senior citizen complex out to 31. Cross over 31 and pick up the old Auburn Trail on the left (avoid going straight under the powerlines). At Mitchell, turn right, cross over the canal, then turn left on 96. Turn right on Knickerbocker, but look for the trail connection on the left before you go very far. This trail is a continuation of the old Auburn Trail. It will come out on Mill Rd. Take Mill over to Thornell and cross over Thornell to continue on the Auburn Trail. This will take you to East St.

For 8.5 miles – cross over East and pick up Park Rd. Take Park to 96 where a left turn returns you to the parking lot.

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For 9.7 miles – go to Park Rd, – turn right to pick up the trail near the power substation. Follow the old Auburn Trail across Railroad Mills over to Woolston. Turn left on Woolston, then left on Fishers Rd and left on 96 to return to the parking lot.

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For 10.8 miles – stay on Auburn Trail to the Railroad Mills/Probst intersection. Turn left to continue on Railroad Mills – head up the big hill. Turn left on Fishers Rd, then left on 96 to return to the parking lot

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For 12 miles – stay on Auburn Trail to Fisher Rd. Turn left on Fishers, then left on 96 to return to the parking lot

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For 13.4 miles – stay on Auburn Trail to Main St. Fishers. Turn left, then left on Log Cabin. Left on Benson, followed by a right on Fishers Rd, then take a left on 96 to return to the parking lot.

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For 14.9 miles – on Log Cabin – take Lower Fishers on the right, then left on Benson, right on Fishers Rd.  Come back thru Powder Mills Park (Woolston, Corduroy, Park Rd, 96) and then back to the parking lot

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July 22, 2017 – Perinton Bike Hike Way

July 22, 2017 – Perinton Bike Hike Way and Ayrault Rd

Head out the canal towards Fairport. Take the pedestrian bridge across the canal after you pass by Turk Hill, which puts you on the Perinton Bike Hike Way.

For 10.3 miles, turn right on Ayrault Rd, then return to the basin on the canal.

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For 12 miles stay on the Perinton Bike Hike Way to Hogan. Turn left, then take a left on Ayrault, and pick up the canal to return to the basin.

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For 13.7 miles, stay on the Perinton Bike Hike Way to Mason. Turn left, then take a left on Ayrault, and pick up the canal to return to the basin.

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For 15.5 miles, take the Perinton Bike Hike Way across Rt 31 and continue to Lollypop. Turn left on Egypt-Victor Rd. Turn right on Rt 31, then left on Aldrich. Take a left on Ayrault, and pick up the canal to return to the basin.

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For 7 miles – I recommend out and back on the canal to Perinton Town Park.

June 3, 2017 – Into Pittsford

June 3, 2017 – Into Pittsford

All routes head out the canal towards Pittsford

For 6.4 miles – Turn right on the old Auburn Trail, cross over Mitchell and continue to Rt. 31. Cross over 31 and head onto the trail into the Senior Citizen Complex. Follow this trail back to Marsh Rd. Turn right on Marsh Rd, then take the connector trail to the canal and return to the basin

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For 9 miles – take the trail on the right that connects to Marsh Road. Take Marsh Road, then turn left on Golf just before Powers Farm Market. Turn left on Washington, left on 96, then left onto the canal at Schoen Place and return to the parking lot.

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All other routes continue on the canal. Turn right on the old Auburn Trail, cross over Mitchell and continue to Rt. 31. Cross over 31 and head onto the trail into the Senior Citizen Complex. Follow this trail back to Marsh Rd. Turn left on Marsh, then left on Golf.

For 10.1 miles – turn left on Washington, left on 96 then a left onto the canal at Schoen Place.

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For 12.3 miles, turn RIGHT on Washington, then left on Cranswick. Stay left the first time you pass Landsdowne Lane. Then pick up the Wynd Woods Trail, almost straight across from Cranswick on Landsdowne Lane (a little to the right) Take the trail over to St. John Fisher taking right options. Turn around and continue to take right options to get back out on a slightly different path – return to Landsdowne Lane – and take a right. Turn left on 96, then turn left onto the canal at Schoen Place and return to the parking lot.

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