Powder Mills Park- Cross Country Ski Heaven!!
Mills Park, located in Monroe County, (Perinton / Pittsford) near
Rochester NY is a great park for cross-country
skiing, hiking , trout fishing, and generally communing with nature.
Powder Mills Park has many miles of trails. Most were laid out with xc
skiing in mind. The park has a generally hilly terrain, but many trails
follow flat or gentle contours for easy hiking or skiing.
The map shows currently maintained trails. The
with trail markers (generally on the right side of the trail) that are
2x2" colored plastic squares.
Click for Map of Powder Mills
The trails were mapped with a Garmin Map60CSX GPS unit, set to
data every 50 feet (and sometimes every 2-5 secconds, for finer
detail). The unit usually reports an accuracy of 25-35 feet.
Some trail markers (those in the Northwest section) are a mix of
painted blazes and nailed 2x2 squares. This is because these trails
were originally created by the Pittsford Trails Coalition (sadly they
are no longer around) (thanks guys!) and their system of trail blazes
follows the AT method of painted white blazes for the main trail
and painted blue blazes for side trails. The map shows blue lines
for the blued blazed trail, but green lines for the white blazed trail
(because the map is on white paper).
The Northern section of the park (Dafodil Meadow and Willow Bend are
actually in Pittsford, but also within the county park. Outside
the park on the North side of Thornell Road is a section of Pittsford
The Crescent trail (a Perinton trail) crosses the park in the NorthEast
section. The main trail is marked in yellow, with blue used for side
Purple trails on the map are maintained trails, but have not yet been
designated by blazing.
Many trail intersections are marked on the map with a number. The
actual intersection also has a number (usually a small blue and white
label, bolted to a tree). Note; signs and trail markers are most often
mounted with spacers between the tree and the sign, so that the tree
can grow without interference.
XC Skiing at Powder Mills Park
The trails are laid out (mostly) with cross country skiing in mind, are
groomed only by skiers, deer, snowshoers, and hikers. Most of it is
rolling hills that are well wooded (so the snow does not melt as fast
on sunny days!)
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