Category Archives: Trail

Routes that feature primarily trails as the running surface

July 20, 2018 – Trails of Powder Mills Park

Post-run coffee – If the weather is good – picnic tables next to the Marathon Station by the canal.  If the weather is bad –  Panera Bread past the mall on 96.

It is supposed to be very hot and humid this Saturday – therefore I propose running/walking around Powder Mills Park and only going until you get hot.

As there are many trails that you can take – I will leave it up to each runner to explore the many different options.

For those who prefer to stay on roads, here are some options

For 9.3 miles – Left out of the parking lot, right on Park Rd. Turn left on Corduroy, then right on Woolston. Turn right on Railroad Mills, then left on Park Rd. Turn left on East, then left on Probst. Continue straight and head up Railroad Mills. Turn left on Fishers Rd, then left on Woolston, right on Corduroy, right on Park Rd, left on 96 and back to the parking lot.

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For 10.5 miles – follow the 9.3 mile route until you are on Probst. At the intersection with the Auburn Trail, turn right. Then take a left on Fishers Rd, and rejoin the 9.3 mile route.

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For 11.9 miles – follow the 10.5 mile route- and when the Auburn Trail reaches Fishers Rd, continue on the Auburn Trail into Fishers. Turn left on Main St Fishers, then left on Log Cabin. Turn left on Benson, then right on Fishers Rd. Return thru Powder Mills Park.

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For 14.6 miles – follow the 11.9 mile route – at Main St Fishers, turn right and then left on Wangum. Turn right on the Lehigh Trail, then take the ramp down to the Auburn Trail. Turn left on the Auburn Trail and follow this back to Main St Fishers. Turn right on Main St Fishers, then left on Log Cabin, rejoining the 11.9 mile route.

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July 13, 2019 – Indian Hill Section of the Crescent Trail

Post-run coffee – If the weather is good – picnic table next to the Marathon Station by the canal.  If the weather is bad –  Panera Bread past the mall on 96.

Turn left on 96, then left on Garnsey, turn left on Turk Hill, then right on 31.  Turn right onto the parking area for Indian Hill.  Take whatever trail up the hill you want to up to the top.  Head over to the far side of the big open field and pick up the orange trail over to the pine tree farm.  Stay on orange out to Turk Hill. Turn right on Turk Hill, then left on Garnsey and return to the parking lot. Distance is about 9 miles.

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You can increase the distance by turning left on Turk Hill and then picking up the Crescent Trail off Turk Hill on the right after you pass by Beaumont.  Follow the Crescent Trail back to Garnsey then out to the Park and Ride

For mostly roads,

Stay on Rt. 31 beyond the parking area of Indian Hill– 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.  Or turn right on Turk Hill and then right to go into the Lilac Nursery. Distance is 10 miles.

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For 11.2 – on Turk Hill continue heading north across Rt. 31. Turn right on Ayrault, then pick up the Perinton Bike Hike Way and turn right.  Turn right on Hogan, then left on 31.  Turn right onto Thayer and rejoin the 10 mile route.

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For 12.4 – stay on Turk Hill until you get to Pebble Hill Rd.  Turn right on Pebble Hill Rd, then right on Perinton Bike Hike Way and rejoin the 11.2 mile route.

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For 14.2 – take Turk Hill to the canal – get on the canal and head east, then cross over the canal to continue on the Perinton Bike Hike Way.  Take the Bike Hike Way all the way to Rt. 31.  Turn right on 31, then left on Thayer, rejoining the 10 mile route.

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June 29, 2019 – Crescent Trail or Garnsey-Turk-Steele

Post-run coffee –

If the weather is good – picnic table next to the Marathon Station by the canal.

If the weather is bad –  Panera Bread past the mall on 96.

Crescent Trail – Turn right out of the parking lot, then right on Kreag Rd. Pick up the Crescent Trail behind the church on the right. Take the Crescent Trail over to Garnsey, cross over and continue on the trail. When you are half tired, turn around and return to the start.

Road Routes – Garnsey Turk Steele

Turn left out of the parking lot, then turn left onto Garnsey.  Right on Turk, then left on Steele.  Turn right at the top of Steele and head down Baker.  Turn right on Valentown, then at High St, turn left (yes – turn left).  Turn right on Willowbrook, right on Rowley, then right on 96 followed by a left on Benson.  Turn right on Fishers, then left on 96 and back to the parking lot.  Distance is 12.2 miles.

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For 6.6 miles – when on Turk Hill – Stay on Turk Hill past Steele. Turn right on 96 and back to the parking lot.

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For 9 miles – at Valentown and High St – turn right on High St, then right on 96 and back to the parking lot.

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For 10.7 miles – right on High St, left on 96, then right on Benson and rejoin the 12.2 mile route above.

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For 15 miles – From Baker, turn left on Valentown, then right on Egypt-Victor Rd.  Turn right on Aldridge, right on High St, then left on Willowbrook, rejoining the main route.  Then on Fishers Rd, come back thru Powder Mills Park (left on Woolston, right on Corduroy, right on Park Rd.)

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June 8, 2019 – White Brook Nature Trails

Post-Run Coffee –

If the weather is good – grab your refreshments from your favorite place and meet at the canal between the Marathon Station and Abbotts.

If the weather is bad – meet at Panera Breads near Eastview.

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. 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 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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May 11, 2019 – Doc Lilac’s Lilac Nursery Run

Postrun Coffee Meeting Place – Brueggers

Time to check out the Lilacs!

From the Park and Ride – turn left on 96, then left on Garnsey, turn left on Turk Hill, then right on 31.  Turn right onto the parking area for Indian Hill.  Take whatever trail up the hill you want to up to the top.  Head over to the far side of the big open field and pick up the orange trail over to the pine tree farm.  Stay on orange out towards Turk Hill along the left side of the tree farm – and take the white trail on the right over to Doc Lilac’s Lilac Farm. The trail comes up to a farm lane – turn right, then after you pass a set of beehives, the white trail goes into the woods and up to the Lilacs. Enjoy the Lilacs and then head out  to Turk Hill to Garnsey and back to the basin.  Distance is about 9 miles.

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You can increase the distance by turning left on Turk Hill and then picking up the Crescent Trail off Turk Hill on the right after you pass by Beaumont.  Follow the Crescent Trail back to Garnsey then out to the Park and Ride

For mostly roads,

Stay on Rt. 31 beyond the parking area of Indian Hill– 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.  Or turn right on Turk Hill and then right to go into the Lilac Nursery. Distance is 10 miles.

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For 11.2 – on Turk Hill continue heading north across Rt. 31. Turn right on Ayrault, then pick up the Perinton Bike Hike Way and turn right.  Turn right on Hogan, then left on 31.  Turn right onto Thayer and rejoin the 10 mile route.

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For 12.4 – stay on Turk Hill until you get to Pebble Hill Rd.  Turn right on Pebble Hill Rd, then right on Perinton Bike Hike Way and rejoin the 11.2 mile route.

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For 14.2 – take Turk Hill to the canal – get on the canal and head east, then cross over the canal to continue on the Perinton Bike Hike Way.  Take the Bike Hike Way all the way to Rt. 31.  Turn right on 31, then left on Thayer, rejoining the 10 mile route.

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May 4, 2019 – Run for the Bluebells!


Post-run Coffee – Village Bakery at Eastview Mall

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. To make this a reasonable distance for most of us, I suggest starting at the parking lot behind the Fire Station in Fishers.  Pick up the Auburn Trail and head towards Victor.  Stay on the Auburn trail all the way to Mertensia- run into the park, follow the trail on the eastside of Mud Creek, enjoy the flowers and re-trace your steps.  Distance is 13.2 miles.

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There are two sections of the trail that are a bit rough – there are alternatives to bypass the rough spots.  The first detour is at Rawson.  Turn left on Rawson, left on School and then turn right onto on old train bed to Maple.  Turn right on Maple, then left into the parking area for Mickey Finn’s and continue on the Auburn Trail.  The second rough area there are signs to direct you out to Break of Day Rd, then E. Victor Rd, then back on the train bed.

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For those who would like to see the Bluebells but want a shorter run – park next to Mickey Finn’s 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   

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 and follow it all the way past Victor to Mertensia. Enjoy the flowers, then run back.  Distance is 20 miles.

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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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April 27, 2019 – Seneca Trail in Victor – Fairport Reservoir


Post-Run Coffee – Panera Bread on the right on 96 past Eastview Mall (near the City Tavern)

This week the main route will start in Victor! 

Meet at 6:30 am in the parking lot behind Mickey Finn’s in Victor.  From the basin – take 96 into Victor and turn right on Maple (Rt. 444).  Just before going up the hill as you are leaving the village, turn left onto Railroad St and park the car.

The route goes back out to Maple and onto Dryer.  The trail begins on the left – it is marked with Red markers.  This trail will take you thru the grounds of Ganondagon, and will take you out to School Rd.  Turn left on School then a right on Boughton Hill Rd followed by a quick left into a driveway – look for trail markers.  Then continue to follow the red markers all the way to the Fairport Reservoir and to Boughton Rd.  Turn around and re-trace your steps back to the car – distance is around 12-13 miles.

There are other trail options – at School St, you can just cross over and continue over to Fort Hill and then continue to follow the trail over to the Dryer Rd Bike Trail park.

Check out the Victor Hiking Trails website for options – http://victorhikingtrails.org/index.php        

For those wishing to stick to roads and starting from the basin – I suggest

Neuchatel , Steele and Bluhm.

Turn left out of the parking lot and head up 96 towards the mall. Turn left onto Moseley, then turn right on Neuchatel. Turn left on Beauclaire, cross over Turk and head up Steele. Turn left on Thayer, then go straight to continue on Bluhm. Turn right on Egypt-Victor Rd, then right on Valentown. Turn right on High St, then right on 96 and return to the parking lot. Distance is 12.5 miles.

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For 10.9 miles – at the top of Steele, turn right, head down Baker. Turn right on Valentown, then turn left on 96. Turn right on Benson, then right on Fishers Rd, and then left on 96

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For 9.1 miles – at the top of Steele, turn right, head down Baker, then rejoin the main route when you turn right on Valentown.

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For 6.8 miles – at Turk Hill, turn right, then right on 96 and back to the parking lot.

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April 6, 2019 – The Springhouse Run


Post-run coffee meeting place – Root 31 in the Pittsford Plaza, near Trader Joe’s. Root 31 opens at 9:00 am on Saturday, so plan accordingly.

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 22, 2018 – High St and Fisher Rd (Or Seneca Trail)

September 22, 2018 – High St and Fishers Rd

Turn left out of the parking lot and head up 96 to the mall.

TRAIL OPTION – Turn left on Moseley, then immediate right on Lasalle Parkway. At the end, pick up the Seneca Trail, that 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. Or just follow me. My best estimate is the trail route is 12.3 miles

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All road routes – from 96 turn left onto High St.

For 9.4 miles – turn right on Willowbrook, then right on Rowley. Turn 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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For 10.3 miles – turn right on Willowbrook, then right on Rowley. Cross over 96 and continue on Main St. Fishers. Turn right on Fishers Rd, then left on 96 and return to the parking lot.

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For 12.1 miles – turn right on Lane, then right on 96 followed by a left on 251. Turn right on Wangum, then a left on Main St Fishers, then right on Fishers Rd. Turn left on 96 and return to the parking lot.

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For 13.1 miles – turn right on Lane, then right on 96 followed by a left on 251. Turn left on Cork, then right on Modock. Turn right on Willis Hill, left on 251. Turn right on Wangum, then a left on Main St Fishers, then right on Fishers Rd. Turn left on 96 and return to the parking lot.

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For 15 miles – stay on High St into the Village of Victor. Turn left onto Main St, then right onto School St. Turn right on Dryer, then right on Cork. Turn left onto Modock. Turn right on Willis Hill, left on 251. Turn right on Wangum, then a left on Main St Fishers, then right on Fishers Rd. Turn left on 96 and return to the parking lot.

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July 7, 2018 – Crescent Trail (or Canal to Fairport)

July 7, 2018 – Crescent Trail

For trails – turn right out of the parking lot, then turn right onto Kreag. Pick up the Crescent Trail in the back corner of the church parking lot. Follow the orange trail over to Garnsey, then continue on orange upto Woodcliff. From here you have many options – retrace your steps back to the Garnsey, or continue on orange. There are lots of options – you can continue on past Woodcliff and Moseley over to Turk Hill, or take alternate trails that lead over to Garnsey and return to the parking lot.

Road Option – Canal to Fairport, Perinton Bike Hike Way, Turk and Garnsey.

Turn right out of the parking lot, then turn right on Kreag. Turn left on 31 and then take the canal towards Fairport. Go past Turk Hill and crossover the canal on the pedestrian bridge and continue on the Perinton Bike Hike Way. Take the path over to Hogan, turn right on Hogan, then right on Rt. 31. Turn left on Turk Hill, then right on Garnsey. A right turn on 96 returns you to the parking lot. Distance is 11.6 miles.

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For 8 miles roads- follow the above route until you reach the turn off on the canal for O’Connor. Turn around and retrace your route – don’t forget to exit the canal at Rt. 31