Thursday, August 23, 2018

Letchworth State Park - Kisil Point

Genesee River Gorge,
Wyoming Co.,
New York

Hiking Trails:
Kisil Point Trail: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 1:10 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.9 Miles

Pros: Scenic Peninsula scenery, very quiet area
Cons: Rough end of trail
Level of Difficulty: Easy, until last part which is very difficult

I had spent the week camping in Letchworth State Park and the Genesee River Gorge, and there is a trailhead to a scenic point in the Gorge which starts directly from the campground. I decided to hike this trail, which is somewhat of a loop. The main part of the trail starts along Park Road, but it has a point of entry from the camping area. I walked from the rec hall and playground into the woods, where there is a very short path connecting to the trail which goes parallel to loop 100 and 200 of the campground. I took the trail past the abandoned picnic area and shelter, where the trail splits into a left and right spur. I took the right spur, which is above the rim of the Genesee River Gorge, with ocassional good views of the gorge and river below. I continued to the point where the left and right spur join, and at this point the trail descends and goes along a narrow ridge along the peninsula jutting between the Genesee River Gorge to the right and the Silver Lake Outlet gorge to the left.

The trail sort of ends at a nice view above the drop, but there is a very steep and eroded trail that descends to the bottom. I took this trail, which is extremely challenging, and when I realized that I may kill myself if I go all the way to the bottom, I turned around and went back up, catching my breath. I made it about 2/3rds down and noticed how unsafe, unstable, and steep this trail is to the bottom. I safely and carefully climbed up holding roots and small trails along the steep path, avoiding the poison ivy which seemed to be growing everywhere.

Once I got back up and caught my breath, I continued back up the peninsula, this time taking the spur along Silver Lake Outlet. Back where the spurs meet, I took the path that goes directly back to the campground, and walked back through campground loops 100 and 200 where I had originally started.

Map of the Route

Abandoned Picnic Shelter 

View of the Genesee River from the Kisil Point Trail

Roots Holding up the Steep Descent

Silver Lake Outlet Joining the Genesee River

Genesee River Gorge

Marshy Area at the end of Silver Lake Outlet

Confluence of Silver Lake Outlet and the Genesee River

Genesee River

Me at the Kisil Point Trail

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