The Best Hike in Webster Park – Moderate Loop

Sunlight steams through the pinewoods of Webster Park, New York
In the pinewoods of Webster Park

Webster Park, in the northeastern corner of Monroe County, is one of the area’s premier hiking areas.  Trails wind through 550 acres of swamps, hardwood forests, peaceful pinewoods, and meadows, offering solitude (though you will see people, especially on a nice weekend) and a quiet place to recharge your wilderness batteries.  I’ve hiked the trails (and deer trails) of the park for my entire life, so here I’ll share my favorite moderate-difficulty loop in Webster Park – mostly in the depths of a pinewood with a peaceful stream near the trail (in other words, peaceful and shaded).

An old pump along the Orange Trail in Webster Park, New York
An old pump along the Orange Trail

This is the Moderate Loop Hike – it is a peaceful hike through a pine forest along a creek.  For the Easy loop hike showcasing the fishing pier, Mill Creek, and nearby grassy meadows, click here.  For the “Webster Park Grand Tour”, click here.

Buttercups along the Orange Trail, Webster Park, New York
Buttercups along the Orange Trail

The Best Moderate Loop Hike in Webster Park

Quick Stats

Round Trip Length: 1.6 miles Trail Type: Lollipop loop Elevation Change: 161ft. Pets: Leashed Fees: None

Start at the parking area near the road to the campground.  It’s a peaceful parking area with space for about 20 cars.  You do not need to drive down the campground road to get to it – which is a good thing since the road to the campground is gated when the campground and Boy Scout cabins aren’t in use.

Trailhead in Webster Park, New York
The trailhead is in the center of the photo

The trailhead is located just to the left of the field (and the sign saying pets must be on a leash) and just to the right of the sign asking you not to leave valuables in your car (I’ve never heard of anyone having an issue, but I’m going to guess someone did sometime).  The path travels just inside the trees for a couple of minutes, then it comes to a four-way junction.  Right leads out into the field.  You want turn left to descend down to the bridge over East Creek.

The first trail junction: You wan to turn left, Webster Park, New York
The first trail junction: You wan to turn left

The trail climbs up the other side of the creek bottom and passes through the forest to a side trail well-marked as “Private Campsite Trail” with a right-pointing arrow.  This means you want to turn left.  My description makes it sound like there’s a campsite to the right (which is true), but in real life it looks like there’s a private campsite so you’d better turn right.  Wrong!  You want to turn left!

The Private Campsite Trail Junction: You want to turn left, Webster Park, New York
The Private Campsite Trail Junction: You want to turn left

Stay on the trail as it gently descends to wind south along East Creek.  The path has roots across it, so watch your footing.  In very wet weather, the path is sometimes a little bit muddy, and on holiday weekends you can sometimes hear noise from the campground overhead – don’t worry, you’ll be past this soon.  When you come to the trail up to Wolf Cabin (on the right), you want to turn left to cross over East Creek via the bridge. (Note: A slightly bedraggled sign on the tree says (among other things) Ridge Trail 0.15 mi..)

The trail junction below Wolf Cabin - turn left to cross East Creek, Webster Park, New York
The trail junction below Wolf Cabin – turn left to cross East Creek

As soon as you cross the bridge, turn right.  Orange blazes seem to go in all three directions.

Just after the bridge, this is the trail junction.  You want to turn right. Webster, new york
Just after the bridge, this is the trail junction. You want to turn right.

The path goes south along East Creek.  This is one of my favorite places in Webster Park; the trail winds its way through cool glens of moss and ferns among the pine trees.

Little pine trees along the trail, Webster Park, New York
Little pine trees along the trail

At 0.7 miles from the parking area, the trail splits right and left.  The right trail crosses over East Creek; the left trail goes uphill.  Turn left.

The next trail junction - turn left away from East Creek, Webster Park, New York
The next trail junction – turn left away from East Creek

At the top of the hill, you’ll walk past a very, umm, old privy and then come in sight of a cabin (it’s called Cattaraugus).  Before you get to the cabin (really about as soon as you walk out of the woods into the clearing) turn left down a trail through the forest.

Turning in the clearing, Webster Park, New York
Turning in the clearing

Fairly quickly, you’ll come to a much more major trail going right and left (the sign is to the right).  You want to turn left.  This is the “Orange Trail”.

The Orange Trail - Turn left, Webster Park, New York
The Orange Trail – Turn left

The Orange Trail goes north past a bench (which looks straight into the trees – very interesting I must say) and an old pump.  You’ll also pass a four way trail junction that is signed for all kinds of things – including Wolf Cabin (left) and Holt Road (right).  Continue straight on the Orange Trail.

Trail sign.  You want to stay on the Orange Trail, Webster Park, New York
Trail sign. You want to stay on the Orange Trail.

At 1.1 miles from the trailhead, you’ll come to a place where the Orange Trail (which somewhere along the way lost a lot of its blazes) turns slightly toward the right.  At the same time, a social trail descends to the left.  You want to turn left down this trail.

The social trail going downhill - Turn left, Webster ark, New York
The social trail going downhill – Turn left

At the bottom of the hill, turn right on the path that travels north (downstream) down East Creek.  The path will eventually turn left to cross the creek via logs (or you can jump).  Immediately after crossing the creek, turn right.  You’re now back on the main path that you were on before – and before too long you’ll find the Private Campsite Trail again.  Turn right to hike down to the bridge, up the other side, turn right on the trail beside the field, and so back to your vehicle.

Logs on the trail over a swampy section, Webster Park, New York
Logs on the trail over a swampy section

Round Trip Trail Length: 1.6 miles

Elevation gain: 161ft. (279ft. to 389ft.)

Facilities: None.  The nearest restrooms are in the campground (if they’re open).

Fees: None

Trail Notes: One of the things that makes this a great summer hike is that it’s mostly shaded by the pine trees.  It’s also beautiful in the winter (watch for ice on the trail) because the pines don’t lose their needles like most trees lose their leaves.  The hike itself is only a little over a mile and a half, but it’s moderate due to the ups, downs, and roots along the trail.  If you get lost, head generally west – you’ll run into a gravel road (or paved road) before too long.  Take the gravel (or paved) road north and you’ll come to a paved road that will take you to Lake Road at the entrance to the campground road.  Turn right and you’ll be back at the parking area before you know it.

Sunlight through the pines on the trail up to the cabin, Webster Park, New York
Sunlight through the pines on the trail up to the cabin

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Would I go 100 miles out of my way for this? ★

Overall Rating: ★

Reflections in East Creek, Webster Park, New York
Reflections in East Creek

GPS Coordinates for the Best Moderate Loop in Webster Park

Trailhead: 43.2579000°, -077.4586167° (N43° 15.474′ W77° 27.517′ / 43°15’28.4400″, -077°27’31.0200″) 242ft. (0.0)

Private Campsite Trail Junction: 43.2554833°, -077.4567500° (N43° 15.329′ W77° 27.405′ / 43°15’19.7400″, -077°27’24.3000″) 324ft. (0.23)

Trail Junction: 43.2529167°, -077.4555333° (N43° 15.175′ W77° 27.332′ / 43°15’10.5000″, -077°27’19.9200″) 341ft. (0.47)

Trail Junction: 43.2526333°, -077.4553667° (N43° 15.158′ W77° 27.322′ / 43°15’09.4800″, -077°27’19.3200″) 340ft. (0.52)

Trail Junction: 43.2515833°, -077.4572167° (N43° 15.095′ W77° 27.433′ / 43°15’05.7000″, -077°27’25.9800″) 363ft. (0.69)

Trail Junction: 43.2507000°, -077.4563667° (N43° 15.042′ W77° 27.382′ / 43°15’02.5200″, -077°27’22.9200″) 341ft. (0.81)

Trail Junction: 43.2508333°, -077.4550500° (N43° 15.050′ W77° 27.303′ / 43°15’03.0000″, -077°27’18.1800″) 361ft. (0.89)

Trail Junction: 43.2535167°, -077.4546833° (N43° 15.211′ W77° 27.281′ / 43°15’12.6600″, -077°27’16.8600″) 364ft. (1.12)

Return to main trail: 43.2549667°, -077.4557500° (N43° 15.298′ W77° 27.345′ / 43°15’17.8800″, -077°27’20.7000″) 348ft. (1.30)

End: 43.2576833°, -077.4586667° (N43° 15.461′ W77° 27.520′ / 43°15’27.6600″, -077°27’31.2000″) 367ft. (1.59)

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The woods near the campground, Webster Park, New York
The woods near the campground

Getting to Webster Park

If you’re familiar with Webster Park, you want to park in the small gravel parking area near the entrance to the Campground Road, across from the Kanatota Lodge.

A little garter snake we found along the way, Webster Park, New York
A little garter snake we found along the way – it’s harmless

From Rochester, take I-490 to NY-590N.  Use the middle lane to get onto NY-590N.  After 4.5 miles, take Exit 10B onto NY-104E toward Webster.  You’ll fairly quickly cross the Irondequoit Bay Bridge.  After 5 miles, immediately after crossing under the bridge for 5 Mile Line Road, take the exit for Holt Road onto the exit ramp.  At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Holt Road.  Continue about 3 miles to the (nearly) end of the road; turn left onto Lake Road.  After 0.6 miles, turn left into the parking area – the parking area is across the road from the Kanatota Lodge.

Ferns and little pine trees, Webster Park, New York
Ferns and little pine trees

From Wayne County, either take NY-104W to Holt Road or you can drive west on Lake Road to the parking area.

Visual trail map and elevation profile for one of the best moderate hikes in Webster Park, New York
Visual trail map and elevation profile for one of the best moderate hikes in Webster Park

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