Hojack Trail

New York

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Hojack Trail Facts

States: New York
Counties: Monroe
Length: 4.8 miles
Trail end points: Lake Road and Phillips Road
Trail surfaces: Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016784
Trail activities: Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Hojack Trail Description

This pleasant community trail connects suburban residences close to the shore of Lake Ontario with a school, a church and a commercial area in Webster, New York. Near the trail's northwest end, it connects with old-growth forests and unique coastal lands preserved by the town.

The trail takes its name from the Lake Ontario Shore Railroad's "Hojack Line" that served the area's apple orchards and other agriculturally based businesses. The tread varies from small sections of crushed stone to packed cinder ballast and mowed grass.

Starting at the trailhead at Vosburg Hollow Nature Preserve gives you instant access to a wooded hilltop hiking path, the Vosburg Hollow Nature Trail, which leads you about an eighth of a mile through a red pine forest to the longer Vosburg Hiking Trail and the Gosnell Big Woods Preserve beyond. The branch trail offers a bike rack so you can lock up your bike and continue on foot to the top of the hill.

Staying on the Hojack rail-trail, you can head less than 0.5 mile north and west of the trailhead to Lake Road. You cannot, however, reach the shore or get a good vista point until you travel west on Lake Road for 0.25 mile.

Heading east the rail-trail passes through sections of grasslands and deciduous wood. The route looks and feels remote but is never far from busy roads and homes. It is only when you come to the half-dozen road crossings that you realize you are not, in fact, traveling through the wilderness. The trail ends at Phillips Road.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the trailhead at the Vosburg Hollow Nature Preserve from Route 104, turn north onto Bay Road and continue for 1.5 miles. Make a right on Lake Road. Then in 0.2 mile bear right onto Vosburg Road. Follow Vosburg Road for 0.5 mile. Park at the Vosburg Hollow Nature Preserve, which is on the right and behind the water treatment facility.

Hojack Trail Reviews

The western half from Lake Rd. to Hard Rd. is a beautiful trail! It is a generally grassy path that goes through woods, and follows a creek, so it's shady most of the time and easy riding. The eastern half from Hard Rd. to Phillips Rd. is not as nice - it's hot and harder to traverse the cinder rock. However, the Bird Sanctuary Trail (which connects to the Chiyoda Trail), located near the eastern parking area behind North Ponds Park, is a great ride through the woods!

The Hojack Trail now extends from Lake Road on the western end, to Phillips road on the eastern end.

The 'new' eastern section from Phillips road to a point about a quarter mile west of Holt Road is crushed stone laid down over the abandoned railroad ties.

This trail best enjoyed on a mountain bike, not suited for a road bike. Your call on a hybrid.

Lots of parking right next to the trail on Orchard Street near Holt Road.

First attempted this on a hybrid on the eastern end and it felt like dredging through inches of gravel. Came back a month later with my mountain bike and the trail was wonderful. A workout to be sure, but going west, the trail became a mixture of stone dust and dirt. Trail near the western end goes through a wooded nature preserve (i.e. the black forest). No big hills. Wish the trail was longer. Would've given it a five if it weren't for the gravelly eastern end.

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