Winter meets spring on the Highland Park hike in Rochester


Rosie, cover your ears. Before bragging about how great Highland Park is for walking (with or without a dog), we take care of business.

Rosie is ready to leave for a new adventure.

Question: Why is it that when our dogs hit the trail, they insist on throwing a load of you-know-what? It seems like it can’t be avoided, no matter how many times Fido (sorry, cliche) has already happened.

Why am I going down the “off-colour” remarks route? A number of Rosie fans have requested that we remind everyone that you-know-what doesn’t melt with snow. Please pick up after your pooch. Good hike depends on it.

A footpath winds through Highland Park in Rochester.

Our good hike this week was in Highland Park during the pop-up spring weather on Sunday. (Along the way, we stopped for a photo of a masterful snow sculpture, which was just beginning to melt, in front of a house on Highland Avenue.)

Not in Highland Park, but not far down Highland Avenue, this snow sculpture begins to melt on March 6.

At Highland Park, which hosts the annual Rochester Lilac Festival in May, the gardens are masterful. We couldn’t wait for the thousands of shrubs, trees and flowers to bloom and neither could many more on March 6th.

The Highland Reservoir and people walking the trails in Highland Park are seen on March 6.

According to his websitethe 150-acre park “has a collection of Japanese maples, 35 varieties of fragrant magnolias, a collection of barberry, a rock garden with dwarf conifers, 700 varieties of rhododendrons, azaleas, mountain laurels and andromedas, chestnut trees of ‘India, spring bulbs and wild flowers and a large number of exotic trees…”

Yes, we will be back in a few months. Meanwhile, the trails through Highland Park are worth the trek in any season.

Happy hiking and trails without you-know-what!

Rosie loves colors.

About this feature

This chronicle presents the hikes of Rosie the redbone dog and her companion, journalist Julie Sherwood. What’s your favorite dog-friendly trail in the Rochester and Finger Lakes areas? Send your photos and ideas to

Julie and Rosie

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