This is the final part of my series on Rochester’s plethora of trails! However, there are still many which I haven’t covered. For a more complete list and description of trails in the region, check out Rochester Trails . If you haven’t, check out the past segments we have covered: Downtown to Fairport , Lake Ontario , Brockport , and the Genesee Valley Greenway and Lehigh Valley Trail loop .
This final part serves to tie up some loose ends, and to showcase additional trail options and connections in the region. Here, we will go on an alternative route North to the lake, this time on the east side of the river gorge, and check out the parkway and Route 390 trails, which provide us with additional connections. [View this route in Google Earth using this .KMZ file]
The route almost resembles a mirror image of the state of New Jersey. It is 28.8 miles: Downtown to the El Camino Trail, Seneca Park, Lake Ontario State Parkway (L.O.S.P.) and 390 trails, and finally back on the Canal Trail and Riverway Trail to the city. Relatively calm road connections will link us to these trails.
After a couple blocks we see the sign
for El Camino Trail .
Some images from El Camino and a few Wall\Therapy murals, a wonderful and unique addition to Rochester’s trails:
We pass by the Pure Waters Pedestrian Bridge, which links to the Genesee Riverway Trail on the west of the river gorge.
One of the main reasons I chose this route, was to see what the paths were like on this side of the river. Google maps (but not the city’s official bicycle plan) shows the east side Riverway Trail coinciding with the trails in the park. However, the trails, which are typically near mountain bike conditions, are closed to bikes according to signs I’ve read. The park is operated by Monroe County, and I haven’t received an official explanation of bicycle permitted trails in the park.
Here are some images along the path, which provides incredible glimpses of the river gorge through the trees:
Eventually, we leave the trails at Seneca Park Ave, which is a little tricky to find. The trails do continue north, though I didn’t explore them on foot.
At the exit to the park onto the street, we cross an old railroad right of way, which looks friendly to bicycles. Perhaps, this is a the proper, albeit much less scenic, bicycle route to take through the park. It looks like you can catch it by the entrance to the zoo at Saint Paul Blvd.
From the City’s 2010 bike plan, it looks like this is part of the proposed Irondequoit Trail. More info about the trail plan here . According to the city official I spoke to, this trail has little support at present time (neighbors have opposed the plan for some reason). Riding on St. Paul Blvd is another viable option.
According to this D&C article , “The Flats formed as a basin of the Genesee River and lies in a bowl about 65 feet below St. Paul Boulevard. Current zoning restrictions and nearby wetlands make it unlikely that more development will occur here.”
Be sure to watch for deer. And in the Fall look out for bow hunters!
Turning left now onto St. Joseph St, then Van Voorhis Ave, and finally Thomas Ave. All of which are very calm roads.
We then reach Pattonwood Drive. We can take a right onto the Irondequoit Lakeside Multi-Use Trail (East), or a left into Charlotte, Rochester’s harbor, which provides connections to the Genesee Riverway Trail (South) and the Lake Ontario State Parkway (L.O.S.P.) Trail (West).
After a left onto Latta Road, we see the entrance to the L.O.S.P. trail. You know how they say “the journey is the destination?” well, that doesn’t really apply here. This trail is right alongside the parkway and mainly serves as an easy connection to points West. That being said, it is as nice as a trail next to a parkway can be.
The path turns right, passes by a nice pond, then ends up on Island Cottage Road, with a crosswalk seemingly leading nowhere and not much hint to how to proceed. It’s a good thing we researched this route beforehand!
Some images of the Route 390 Trail, which is very similar to the previous one:
From here, it is less than 3 miles east of riding on the road to connect with the Riverway Trail. The Canal Trail is also close by. I decide to head west on Ridge Road for a short time to eventually connect with the canal.
We are deep in suburbia- let’s get out of here as soon as we can! I take a left on Latona Rd. This does lead directly to the trail, but the road didn’t look as bicycle friendly to me, so I take a right on Holmes Rd, then left on Long Pond Road.
And now, one final look at all five routes we have showcased in this series. The vast majority of these have been on dedicated paths. There is still time to enjoy some of these, but come springtime you’ll have plenty to plan for the warmer months!
We can visit so many places on a bicycle. We need not be bound by four wheeled boxes and highways. Pedal on, Rochester!
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