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Judd's Falls

Postby L_G_D » Sun Jun 21, 2009 8:46 pm

Judd's Falls is located in Otsego County, just north of the town of Cherry Valley. If you look at the 1943 USGS quad for Sprout Brook, you'll see that it has the old route 20 layout, not where the road is now. Route 20 currently runs almost on top of the falls. I don't know if there's a newer version of that quad or not.

Anyway, the last time I was there, which was ten years ago, the posted signs only mentioned no hunting, fishing or camping, that I recall, nothing about just going in for a visit. The place has obviously been used for a long time by the locals as a party spot. There was a large concrete slab just off the road at the top of the falls where you could park several cars. This may have all changed since then.

So, now for the pics, a couple of summer shots from the bottom:

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Winter:

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Looking out from behind the large ice wall:

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From the view point above the falls:
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Re: Judd's Falls

Postby Matt » Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:47 pm

Looks great!
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Re: Judd's Falls

Postby Matt » Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:48 pm

Interesting article about Cherry Valley and the falls... and the Cherry Valley Massacre
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Postby hobkyl » Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:05 am

Wow nice falls!
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Re: Judd's Falls

Postby L_G_D » Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:24 pm

Matt wrote:Interesting article about Cherry Valley and the falls... and the Cherry Valley Massacre


Interesting article, he doesn't mention whether the land is posted or not, and didn't seem to care. One other thing that just came to mind is that it's a great place to study fossils, if that sort of thing interests you. I've seen trilobites, various brachipods, corals, etc in the rocks there.
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Re: Judd's Falls

Postby ApproachingLight » Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:06 am

Got to this falls this week. The parking lot is right above the falls. Save yourself a TON of time and take the path turn off, on the left, about 300 yards in, that heads directly down to falls. It's confusing cause it looks like a stream, but it is the way to go. I lost a good 45 minutes following the path down, but from/away the falls. These falls are huge. The 16-35M lense does not give you that sense. Wish there had been more water. One of the most unstable glens i have climbed. Maybe there has been a recent shifting.

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Re: Judd's Falls

Postby Jeduthan » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:28 pm

Last year I rode out to Judd's Falls. I didn't see any posted signs near the 'parking area' just off of Route 20, nor any on the trail to the base of the falls. I picked Judd's Falls pretty much as the turn around point, so it didn't leave me time to walk to the base on my first visit. I ask you to forgive the quality of the pictures, as I carry a Kodak C1450 point-and-shoot while riding. My bike at mile 50 with the falls in the far background...
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Re: Judd's Falls

Postby Jeduthan » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:33 pm

Taken from the precipice near the parking lot. It gives a little sense of how big the gorge and the falls are. I find it amazing such a small water flow could carve so large a chasm. I wonder it some other factors were at work here.
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Re: Judd's Falls

Postby Jeduthan » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:42 pm

My second visit I had more time so I walked to the base of the falls. It seemed to me there were recent rockfalls or slides because the rocks in the stream bed still had dirt lodged between them. I thought if the slides were older the stream would have washed away the dirt and left only the stones.
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Re: Judd's Falls

Postby Jeduthan » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:55 pm

After leaving Judd's Falls, I rode to Salt Springville Road. As far as I know these falls are simply called Salt Springville Road Falls. The property is posted, but the falls are right next to the road so you can stand on the shoulder and shoot. I haven't been back during the summer, so I don't know if trees or undergrowth would obscure the view. The falls are about 1.5 miles from Judd's Falls. GPS 42.837784, -74.749657.
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