The Erie County Forest on Genesee Road in the town of Sardinia has several well-known official trails, including portions of the Finger Lakes/Conservation Trail (FLT/CT). Those trails are generally in the eastern and northern half of the forest. This link has information about the official trails in the Erie County Forest in Sardinia: Erie County Bureau of Forestry Trails
The western portion of the forest also is well worth exploring. It has one unofficial trail marked with orange flagging that connects with the FLT/CT and the Scarbuck Extension Trail.
For this hike we will meet at the main parking lot on Genesee Road, then cross the road to start the hike on the FLT/CT and the western portion of the Scarbuck Trail to the Scarbuck Extension Trail.
We will then take the Scarbuck Extension trail to its halfway point where we begin a bushwhack following the unofficial orange flagged trail to a probable crossing of Hyler Creek.
If Hyler Creek is running too deep to cross, then we’ll head to the Boy Scout Camp, then follow a logging road to the snowmobile trail to the Cabin.
If we can cross Hyler Creek (expect ankle deep water) then we’ll continue the bushwhack following the orange flagged trail to the Cabin.
After a rest stop at the Cabin fore an early lunch, we will follow the FLT/CT back to the Scarbuck Trail, then we return to the parking lot on the eastern portion of the Scarbuck Trail.
The maps show our planned hike in Purple. The snow mobile trail is in White. The red trail is to the Boy Scout Camp. The Blue trail is the southern portion of the FLT/CT that we will not hike.
Every participant is responsible for being fully prepared.
Total time of hike should be 3 to 5 hours for about 5 miles, maybe 6 with detours. We don’t run through the woods, and we go as slow as necessary to make sure everyone participating can enjoy themselves at a comfortable pace. Everyone should carry water, food, and emergency equipment. If you need some guidance about what to bring you can check these short articles:
1. Google Terrain Map – also viewable on MapG4 here: https://mappingsupport.com/p/gmap4.php?q=http://www.wnytrails.com/ErieCountyForest/2014-plannedTracksOnly.kml
2. Picture of the elevation profile for the planned hike (track shown in Purple on the maps.)
3. Picture of aerial photo of the planned hike map.
4. Picture of standard topo map of the planned hike.