Sunday, September 9, 2018

‘Fest to Fest’ Hike Showcases Viall’s Crossing

Katherine Preston leads the way on the Vialls Crossing TrailChamplain Area Trails (CATS) is set to host a ‘Fest to Fest’ hike to coincide with the Third Annual Adirondack Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 15. Hikers will begin and end at the Festival on the Essex County Fairgrounds in Westport, New York. The hike starts at 10 am; hikers should come early to check in at the registration desk near the main entrance.

The hike showcases the new Viall’s Crossing Trail where, to ensure permanent legal access to a critical railroad crossing for the trail connecting Westport and Essex, CATS “spent some serious money,” according to a CATS announcement.  All proceeds from this year’s hike will help pay for the Viall’s Crossing Conservation and Trail Project.

The 5-mile hike starts at the Fairgrounds, goes under the railroad crossing, through Westport Storage and immediately enters the new Viall’s Crossing Trail. Hikers will track along rock ledges through a forest and emerge onto a field with beautiful views. After crossing the railroad tracks, hikers come to the Hemlock Hill Trail, cross Sherman Road and enter the Woods & Swale Trail, and then come out on Lakeshore Road to back to Westport and the Fairgrounds. Hikers who have worked up an appetite on the trail then have vendors at the Harvest Festival to choose from for lunch.

As a fundraiser for the Viall’s Crossing Project, the requested registration fee is $20 if registered by September 8, and $25 after that date. Hikers under 18 are free. If money’s an issue, call the CATS office at (518) 962-2287 or email and adjustments can be made.

To register for the Fest to Fest Hike and for more details on the Viall’s Crossing Project, at the CATS website.

For more information on Champlain Area Trails, visit their website, or call (518) 962-2287.

Photo of Katherine Preston leads the way on the Viall’s Crossing Trail at last May’s CATS Grand Hike, provided.

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