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Twin Glens - Tompkins County

Postby spec » Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:26 pm

Does anyone know anything about Twin Glens in Lansing, Thomkins County? It may also be called "McKinney's Twin Glens" ot "The Twin Glens Unique Natural Area." It is on the Eastern shore of Cayuga, just north of Ithaca between Rte 34 and Cayuga Heights Rd. I happened to spot the waterfalls while scanning the area on Google Earth. I drove up Rte 34 through the area on Saturday kinda scouting things out on my way to Ludlowville Falls. There was no parking on Rte 34 that I could see, and there were plenty of homes along that stretch. I did catch quick glances up both glens from the road as I drove and they look impressive (not to mention fun). I checked on Thomkins County's GIS website, and found that the large waterfall in the southern glen and some of the upper part of that glen above the falls are on a parcel of land classified as "Wild Lands." The lower part of the glen (the Rte 34 end), including two other smaller waterfalls, is all residential, and I'm presuming off-limits w/o landowner permission. In addition, there is a slice of land that has no classification in the Thomkins GIS databsae. It follows the northern glen from Rte 34 to just below the large waterfalls, and across the ridge into the southern glen adjecent to the "Wild Lands" parcel I mentioned above. This parcel appears to belong to the Village/County, as it extends north along the eastern side of Rte 34 for a good distance. I may be way off base too, which is why I'm asking if anyone here has any other information! ;)

I'm hoping to get back in that area soon to check out the roads for signage, especially on Twin Glens Road, where that Wild Lands parcel meets the road.

http://www.theoretically.net/trails/Twin_Glens.kmz
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Re: Twin Glens - Thomkins County

Postby cbobcat49 » Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:51 pm

I've never heard of it. Let us know what you find out. I'd love to check this out over the summer if it's worth it. :cross:

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Re: Twin Glens - Thomkins County

Postby Matt » Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:01 pm

yes, I know of it. it is pubicaly accessible, but bordering a wealthy estate who have been known to call the police.
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Re: Twin Glens - Thomkins County

Postby spec » Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:27 am

Matt wrote:yes, I know of it. it is pubicaly accessible, but bordering a wealthy estate who have been known to call the police.


Thanks for the info! Cool that its accessible, uncool about the Five-Oh being called. If it's publicly accessible, what can the police do? Have you heard anything about how the police have reacted to or resolved the issue when they've been called? I'm hoping to hike/climb there this summer, and would like to make it as stress-free as possible. ;)
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Re: Twin Glens - Thomkins County

Postby spec » Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:33 am

cbobcat49 wrote:I've never heard of it. Let us know what you find out. I'd love to check this out over the summer if it's worth it. :cross:

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I will indeed let you know more as I find it out. I'm planning to check it out this summer as well. There's also some glens on the other side of 34 a little bit north of here that look intriguing as well.
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Re: Twin Glens - Thomkins County

Postby hobkyl » Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:08 pm

Yes please keep us updated. Those falls look awesome!
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Re: Twin Glens - Thomkins County

Postby Matt » Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:24 pm

the adjacent landowners do it just because they don't want people near their estate. Too bad. The word is out.
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Re: Twin Glens - Thomkins County

Postby spec » Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:45 pm

Matt wrote:the adjacent landowners do it just because they don't want people near their estate. Too bad. The word is out.


Welp, I plan on being there at least once this summer. :)

Do the falls have names, aside from Twin Glens?
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Re: Twin Glens - Thomkins County

Postby cbobcat49 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:01 pm

I just checked these creeks out on Google Earth. wooowwww!!! :shock: Those falls look impressive.
Even if there is an access point from Twin Glens Rd. it looks like you'd be only able to get to the crest of the falls. They don't look like the type of falls that you could climb down. The best method might be to park at the house on 34 right in between the glens and kindly ask them for permission to enter. :shrug:

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Re: Twin Glens - Tompkins County

Postby Matt » Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:49 pm

Here's the tax map.... not sure what parts are accessible, and I'm not 100% sure it is... I just have it on very good word from a couple of fellow waterfallers that live in the area.
http://asmsdg.tompkins-co.org/quickstre ... 048001.pdf
http://asmsdg.tompkins-co.org/quickstre ... 048000.pdf
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Re: Twin Glens - Tompkins County

Postby spec » Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:26 pm

Matt wrote:Here's the tax map.... not sure what parts are accessible, and I'm not 100% sure it is... I just have it on very good word from a couple of fellow waterfallers that live in the area.
http://asmsdg.tompkins-co.org/quickstre ... 048001.pdf
http://asmsdg.tompkins-co.org/quickstre ... 048000.pdf



Excellent! Thanks for these!

The parcel labeled 12.1 on the first map is the one classified as "Wild Lands" on the Thomkins GIS site. On the other map, the funky kinda upside down L shaped parcel is completely unclassified in that same database. Its eastern border butts up against the western border of "12.1"

http://gisweb.tompkins-co.org/tcimap/DE ... AME=PUBLIC
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Re: Twin Glens - Thomkins County

Postby spec » Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:46 pm

cbobcat49 wrote:I just checked these creeks out on Google Earth. wooowwww!!! :shock: Those falls look impressive.
Even if there is an access point from Twin Glens Rd. it looks like you'd be only able to get to the crest of the falls. They don't look like the type of falls that you could climb down. The best method might be to park at the house on 34 right in between the glens and kindly ask them for permission to enter. :shrug:

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There's a parcel of "unclassified" land that kinda surrounds the northern glen for a ways, then cuts across the ridge to the southern glen into the "Wild Lands." I'm hoping that this can be used to access the falls from below, and plan on investigating this aspect. From what I saw on my drive-by, it's going to be a fun hike/climb, which may be thwarted by terrain, but I'm game to find out.
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