First Day Hike in Allegany State Park 2018

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Event Date(s): Mon, 01/01/2018 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
First Day Hike

First Day Hikes originated over 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation, a  state park in Milton, Massachusetts. The program was launched to promote both  healthy lifestyles throughout the year and year round recreation at state  parks. America’s State Parks boast a variety of beautiful settings for year-round  outdoor recreation, and each First Day Hike will offer an opportunity to  explore the unique natural and cultural treasures close to home. From  California to Maine, hikers can climb hills and mountain tops, walk along  ponds and beaches, and traverse trails through forests, fields and prairies.  Visitors can listen to birds, breathe in the fresh air, discover wildlife  tracks, feel the wind and the warmth of the sun or the coldness of the snow.

This self-guided hike will take place in the Summit Area in the Red House side of the park. The off-trail hike, approximately 2 miles in length and easy to moderate in intensity, begins at the Summit Warming Hut, follows scenic ridge line to Stone Tower, then loops back to the Warming Hut. Interpretive points of interest can be found along the way. Come listen to birds, feel the warmth of the sun or the coldness of the snow. This 1st Day Hike will run from 10am to 2pm. Participants should begin the hike by stopping in the Summit Warming Hut to sign in and pick up a trail map. Be sure to dress in appropriate winter hiking apparel. Weather permitting, snowshoes and trekking poles are encouraged. After the hike, be sure to swing back in the warming hut for a New Year's Social with chili and warm beverages provided by the Friends of Allegany State Park.

Phone: (716) 354-9101 ext 236

Weather permitting, it is encouraged to bring snowshoes, trekking poles, or anything else needed for an enjoyable hike. Appropriate dress and footwear are strongly recommended.

Participants are reminded this is an off trail hike. The trail is easy-moderate with some minor inclines and declines and weather depending may be snow covered.

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This event will be held at:

Allegany State Park
ASP 1 Summit Warming Hut
Salamanca, NY 14779
United States
Phone: 716-354-9101- ext 236
42° 0' 40.1436" N, 78° 49' 38.4888" W
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