Report by Jendy Murphy and Paul Wehren. Twenty intrepid hikers agreed to the “rain or shine” provision for our hike through Homer Folks State Forest in Oneonta on April 12th. Luckily, the rain was barely a sprinkle as we headed up toward the water towers, and the sun came out pretty quickly, with nice patches of blue sky. We headed first toward the stone circle, followed the ridgetop, and then circled down the far side toward the double track. Three people chose to return along that trail as the footing is so much easier. The rest of us crossed over the main track, following the winding and “rooty”, but lovely, bike trail that leads back along the far side of the water towers. The air smelled like spring, although nothing was blooming yet on the forest floor. We finished up with the woods trail that loops near the power line, before meeting up with the other three hikers just as they descended toward the parking area. The hike was about 3.5-4.0 miles, and lasted almost two hours.
Photos by Janice Downie and Irene Jervis.