Rochester: Clark Gully Loop

Enjoy 4-star views on this challenging 4.2-mile loop near Canandaigua Lake--an advanced route down a steep gorge with several waterfalls.
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Enjoy 4-star views on this challenging 4.2-mile loop near Canandaigua Lake--an advanced route down a steep gorge with several waterfalls.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.8

Waypoints

CGT001

Location: 42.660961151123, -77.33154296875

Take faded logging road NE (wear pants; path is overgrown in spots)

CGT002

Location: 42.6651992797852, -77.3290710449219

Trail quickly gains elevation (1,000+ ft.) under shady deciduous trees

CGT003

Location: 42.6692581176758, -77.32373046875

Rest and admire the river valley below, punctuated by the curvy West River; trail keeps climbing

CGT004

Location: 42.6730117797852, -77.3215179443359

Look up-way up-to identify the long-tailed Cooper's hawk, a woodland raptor known for its daredevil dives when hunting in crowded trees

CGT005

Location: 42.678108215332, -77.3217315673828

Trail gradually climbs to the N

CGT006

Location: 42.683708190918, -77.3215408325195

L @ 4-way @ South Hill Rd.; trail parallels N side of road

CGT007

Location: 42.6816596984863, -77.3320693969726

Trail crosses South Hill Rd. again, then tracks S

CGT008

Location: 42.6751098632812, -77.3342666625976

Path strings along ridgeline; to W, views to the S tip of Canandaigua Lake, 4th largest of NY's Finger Lakes

CGT009

Location: 42.6701507568359, -77.3336029052734

Carefully descend into Clark Gully

CGT010

Location: 42.6679992675781, -77.3351211547852

Triple-decker waterfall and more cascades below (slippery!). Beginners: Backtrack to trail­head. Advanced hikers: Safest descent starts on W side near upper fall; narrow, exposed, maybe muddy route along gorge's rim. Continue S back to parking