PITTSFORD LOOP TRAIL:
PITTSFORD, NEW YORK
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Last Updated: August 3, 2015
Length: Pittsford Loop Trail; 5.1 miles
Difficulty: Rail Trail; Easy. Flat crushed gravel and stone-dust rail trail.
Old Erie Canal; Moderate. Hard packed dirt & grass and crushed gravel tow path.
Canalway Trail; Easy. Paved trail.
To Start from Grove Street; From the intersection of Routes 31 & 96 in Pittsford head north on Route 96 across the canal. Just past the turnoff for Route 153 turn left on Elm St, then left on Grove St. You'll come to a parking lot on your right for a Professional Park. Just past the first parking row to your left is the trailhead next to a brick building.
The Pittsford Loop Trail utilizes the Rail bed of the former Auburn & Rochester Railroad, the first railroad east of Rochester. [Active from 1840 to 1960, it was built to connect Auburn and Rochester by way of Seneca Falls, Geneva, and Canandaigua. It became part of the New York Central Railroad in 1853. From 1906-1931, the Rochester, Syracuse & Eastern Rapid Railroad ran a high-speed electric trolley from Rochester to Auburn parallel to the New York Central Railroad line]. It also follows a portion of the Canalway Trail, as well as, a portion of the Old Erie Canal [This section of the canal opened as "Clinton's Ditch" in 1822, was enlarged in the 1850s, and closed in 1919 when the Old Erie Canal was expanded into the Barge Canal and was diverted south of Rochester. For more information visit; PITTSFORD TRAILS and Canalway Trail; Syracuse-Rochester .
Starting from Grove Street; The narrow crushed gravel and grass Rail Trail travels to the left of the brick storage building heading north following the power line corridor. Isolated. Cross French Rd at 0.9 miles and you'll soon be traveling behind a commercial area on your left and a golf course on your right. The trail changes to stone-dust at 1.6 miles, then turns to dirt at 1.8 miles behind the PARK AVE BIKE SHOP . This is the end of the rail trail. To access the next section you'll utilize a Bike Lane. Head left past the bike shop out to Monroe Ave, then right to a cross-light. Cross Monroe Ave and follow the Bike Lane south down Monroe Ave. Just past the Springfield Commons Plaza, turn right up a drive past The Bird House (Keep in mind this business my change. Street #3035) and you'll come to a dirt and grass trail at 2.2 miles. Green Pittsford Trail sign here. This isolated trail follows the path of the Old Erie Canal through the woods. Come to Lock 62 of the Old Erie Canal. Head left up a crushed gravel path, then right to the top of the Lock. Continue straight along the old crushed gravel, dirt & grass tow path. Pittsford Plaza to your left. Come to the Canal Park parking lot and continue straight across French Rd at 2.9 miles.
Note; When I was here in August 2015 it looked like they were possibly creating a trail along the old canal up to Lock 62, but I'm not sure.
The trail continues south following a power line and the old canal. After 3.6 miles you come to the paved Canalway Trail. The trail now loops back east (left) utilizing the paved Canalway Trail. The trail pulls away from the canal at 4 miles to bypass private property. You come to Brook Rd where you turn right to rejoin the trail alongside the canal.
Note; This section is closed M-F (6am-5pm) as it bisects private property. To bypass continue straight along Brook Rd, then right at the end of the road and you'll return to the canal.
Travel underneath Monroe Ave and then a RR trestle where you come to a spur trail on your left at 4.9 miles. Follow this through a parking lot, then turn left underneath a RR bridge past another parking lot and out to Grove St. Continue straight through the Professional Park parking lot to the trailhead on your left completing a loop of 5.1 miles.
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