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Bastion Falls

Postby backpacker » Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:57 am

Bastion Falls is right along the road, a cute fall that really doesn’t get full recognition due to the more famous Kaaterskill falls. Bastion is a 60 to 80 foot fall with a larger upper fall and multiple lower falls. It sits on a hairpin cure on route 23A in the Catskill Mountains. The parking lot is about .2 miles up the road from the falls.

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Re: Bastion Falls

Postby Matt » Thu Apr 30, 2009 12:05 pm

great photos, especially that last one... really shows the texture of that rock outcropping.
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Re: Bastion Falls

Postby backpacker » Fri May 01, 2009 7:03 am

Thanks Matt
I had to waite for the people to leave to get the shots, being right on the road this fall gets a lot of people.
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Re: Bastion Falls

Postby ApproachingLight » Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:09 pm

Agree with everything said. I was not impressed. Not much personality. I kind of found three falls in this Bastion Falls group. Maybe more water would have offered a sweeter experience.

Odd parking. Lot .2 of a mile past the falls. You walk on the side of the road with very little room while 18 wheelers cruise by.

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Re: Bastion Falls

Postby L_G_D » Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:35 pm

Looks like you hit it at very low water, agreed, there isn't much there then. Higher water is nicer, and there's a lot of details to look around at, a general shot of the whole thing isn't much, but the individual sections have a lot more going on.

The walk there is fun, but since the road is so narrow there isn't much room. I try to stay on the other side of the guard rail on the uphill side as long as possible, then scoot quickly along the retaining wall to get past it as fast as possible, to avoid the aformentioned 18 wheelers, lol.
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Re: Bastion Falls

Postby hobkyl » Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:30 pm

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Re: Bastion Falls

Postby spec » Sat Oct 22, 2011 12:15 am

I was looking at swinging by Bastion Falls on my recent trip out that direction. I wanted to do Kaaterskill, but I knew that hike would be too much to fit into my already kinda tight travel plans, so I figued Bastion would be a good "quick stop." Unfortunately, I got delayed starting out that morning and was delayed further by some detours around the flood damage, so I was already running late as it was when I got down that way. Taking the extra 15 mile trip out of my way wouldn't have worked out at all. If I hadn't been as hungry as I was, I would have skipped the lunch stop in Windham and gone to Bastion instead. :)
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Re: Bastion Falls

Postby Des219 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:09 pm

A great place to see. The walk down the road to get there is kind of dangerous and on my run back to the car to swing back and pickup my wife and daughter, it was raining quite hard, and cars come down that hill too fast! This falls has many great photo opportunities and is a great lead in to Kaaterskill Falls.
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Re: Bastion Falls

Postby ApproachingLight » Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:51 am

Nice Fall colors
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Re: Bastion Falls

Postby Des219 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:50 pm

Thank you David. I think you would have enjoyed it more, if like you said you would have had more water when you were there. The last picture of the log in the still water is great.
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Re: Bastion Falls

Postby L_G_D » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:56 pm

We did Kaaterskill, Bastion and Diamond Notch last Saturday. Nice amount of water all around. Here's a quick and dirty panorama of the bottom portion of Bastion Falls. My shots of the upper section are no good due to too much water spray on the front filter, so nothing to post of that part.

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Re: Bastion Falls

Postby Matt » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:54 am

That's a great shot! Would make an excellent desktop wallpaper.
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