Monday, August 20, 2018

Letchworth State Park - Hogsback to Mt Morris Dam

Genesee River Gorge,
Wyoming Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Highbanks Trail: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 1:00 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.3 Miles

Pros: Nice gorge scenery
Cons: Trail goes on grass and has many paved areas
Level of Difficulty: Very Easy

Continuing our camping trip in Letchworth State Park and the Genesee River Gorge, I went to explore the northern area of the park. I parked at the pullout for the Hogsback, a formation of rock jutting into the river where it forms a bend around it, resembles the back of a hog. At the parking area there is a nice view. I took the Highbanks Trail north, where it goes along western rim of the gorge.

The trail starts mostly as a standard hiking trail, but then goes into some grassy areas approaching the pool area, and then goes on a paved path for much of the way behind the pool. There are some excellent views at this part where the rock formation juts into the gorge as a high peninsula. I continued further north past the pool area towards the dam, but ran out of time at this point to get all the way to the dam lookout, so only got some poor views of it through the trees. I then turned around, cut across the grassy picnic areas by the pool for a straighter route, and then back to the trail and back to my car.

Map of the Route

Plaque Explaining the Hogsback Overlook

Hogsback from the Hogsback Overlook

View of the Marshy Area from the Highbanks Recreation Area

Genesee River in the Gorge from the Highbanks Area

Peninsula Extending from the Hogsback

Genesee River and Marsh

Hogsback from the Highbanks Area

View from Highbanks

View of Dam from Trees

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