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Relocating to Rochester, NY - trails/hills/training ground?

Postby Greeneggs » Sat Dec 26, 2009 12:11 pm

Hoping someone can point us to some areas in/around the greater Rochester area that has some fairly steep hills/stairs sufficient for training for a climb? Also looking for some area trails good for after work and and weekend hiking? Thank you in advance! Graham
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Postby Bark Eater » Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:13 pm

No hill advice but the towpath along the canal is excellent for running and biking...it goes on forever!
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Postby davebobk47 » Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:52 pm

What part of Rochester? Mendon Ponds Park has some excellent trails and hills. Another great area for some steep hills is the Woodcliff Trails in Fairport.
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Postby MoapaPk » Tue Dec 29, 2009 4:16 pm

Before we repeat everything, remember this thread:
http://www.summitpost.org/phpBB2/viewto ... =rochester
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Postby Salukisooner » Mon Jan 04, 2010 2:27 pm

Agreed with most previous writers. ADKs is about it. Letchworth, Mendon Ponds, and Ellison Park aren't half bad for getting away and getting some training in. Hojack Trail in Webster is flat as a pool table but goes on for about 6 miles if you're looking for that kind of thing.
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Postby WalksWithBlackflies » Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:25 am

Hi-Tor near Naples (south of Canandiagua) has some excellent terrain.
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Postby Sierra Ledge Rat » Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:09 am

Rochester, New York is a really cool place to live. There is so much to do there that you’ll love it.

For starters, if you want to stay in shape I suggest that you contact the Rochester Hash House Harriers. They’re a cool bunch of beer drinkers who have a running problem. They meet once a week and go on some long and crazy runs, with frequent stops in local pubs. They are great people, tell them that Doctor Harry sent you.

http://www.rochesterhhh.com/

Next comes the Adirondacks. You’ve got a whole mountain range anywhere from 2 to 6 hours from Rochester, including the highest Mount Marcy.

Rochester is ice climbing heaven. The many waterfalls in the canyons south of Rochester freeze all winter. If you don’t ice climb, get some gear and get ready.

The Rochester area is also kayaking central, both whitewater and touring. There is a large and fun kayaking club in Rochester called FLOW. Tell them Harry sent you. In additional to ocean kayaking on Lake Ontario, some of the BEST whitewater kayaking in the country can be found within a 3-hour drive of Rochester. In fact, the best play river in the country, Fish Creek (class 3-4) is only 2 hours from Rochester. If you don’t kayak, get ready to take some lessons and get wet.

http://www.flowpaddlers.org/

There are a few small ski areas around Rochester, nothing spectacular, but enough to keep you busy. Out at Mendon Ponds you can do a whole lot of cross-country skiing.

Rochester also has a vibrant night life, including a smoke-free bar and great restaurants like James Brown’s Diner and Dinosaur BBQ. You’ve not lived until you’ve had a late-night “Garbage Plate” at Nick Tahou’s.

Oh, yeah, you’re gonna love Rochester. Just stay out of East Rochester, murder capitol of the USA.
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Postby Alpinisto » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:33 pm

And don't forget Rochester is the home of Wegman's -- one of the kickassingest supermarket chains in the country!
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Postby Sierra Ledge Rat » Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:31 pm

Alpinisto wrote:And don't forget Rochester is the home of Wegman's -- one of the kickassingest supermarket chains in the country!


Don't tell that to my buddy, who is the manager of the "other" supermarket chain in town!

(Sh-h-h-h-h-h....... I shopped at Wegman's)
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Postby Catskillhiker » Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:54 am

Try Watkins glen state park, the stair case at the end is needless to say steep for about 300-400 ft, The many parks around Ithaca ny have decent climbs in them about an hour and a half away
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Postby Alpinisto » Tue Jan 26, 2010 1:08 pm

Catskillhiker wrote:Try Watkins glen state park, the stair case at the end is needless to say steep for about 300-400 ft, The many parks around Ithaca ny have decent climbs in them about an hour and a half away


Um...I'm not 100% sure, but I believe climbing is verboten in the state parks around Ithaca -- Taughannock, Treman, Buttermilk, et. al.

Doesn't mean people don't do it, but you may be looking at an up-close-and-personal visit with the po-po if they catch you. (Or a park ranger at the least.)

There's an EMS store in Ithaca now, down on Rt. 13 near Wegman's. I'd give 'em a call for the local beta.
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Postby Sierra Ledge Rat » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:03 pm

We snuck into Watkins Glen one winter, it was absolutely amazing. I'd recommend crampons and an ice ice next time just to hike around. I'll see if I can dig up old photos and post them here.
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