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Adirondack Mountain Reserve Waterfalls

Postby George » Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:19 pm

If someone were to ask me where to go in the Adirondacks for a one-day waterfall hike, I would not hesitate to recommend the trails of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve in St. Huberts. The East River and West River trails that run along the Ausable River provide at least a half dozen beautiful falls, and you are near the Ausable River gorge the entire way. Many hikers miss these gems entirely by hiking the dirt road like an expressway to the high peaks, but if the peaks are socked in, the beauty is along the valley.

Here are some shots from my trek last week, about 10 miles that included the cliffs of Indian Head and return via Gill Brook.

First up is Pyramid Falls, off a side trail from the West River trail:

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then on to Wedge Brook Falls:

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and then to Beaver Meadow Falls for lunch:

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About 4 1/2 hours in is Rainbow Falls. this is the one most folks see on their way up to Sawteeth, Gothics or Saddleback and Basin. If you plan to take photos of this one, be sure to bring a lens cloth, because it generates a lot of spray that will coat your lens. On a sunny day, it's what makes the perpetual rainbow. My best shot will need some work to touch up water droplets on the lens. It may actually be easier to hike back up and re-shoot it.

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Re: Adirondack Mountain Reserve Waterfalls

Postby cbobcat49 » Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:21 pm

Nice! Rainbow Falls is my favorite of that hike.
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Re: Adirondack Mountain Reserve Waterfalls

Postby hobkyl » Sat Oct 10, 2009 1:39 pm

Very nice....wish I could have found time to get to those while I was doing Colvin.
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Re: Adirondack Mountain Reserve Waterfalls

Postby Matt » Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:36 am

That rainbow falls shot is fantastic! Love the angle.
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Re: Adirondack Mountain Reserve Waterfalls

Postby L_G_D » Mon Oct 12, 2009 2:19 pm

One of my favorite hikes as well. The last couple times we did it, we went up to lost lookout on the way to Rainbow Falls, nice view of the lake from there.
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Re: Adirondack Mountain Reserve Waterfalls

Postby L_G_D » Sun Mar 28, 2010 10:42 am

Finally got around to scanning some of the pics I have from this area.

Here's a waterfall on Wedge Brook that's a bit downstream from the main, "wedge" falls:

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Just up from that, there's the bridge, a small fall practically underneath it, and Wedge Falls itself. Apparently, I never got a good shot of the Wedge Falls, maybe sometime...

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Then there's Beaver Meadow, with a sign just so you know you're in the right place:

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Then up to Lost Lookout, where the small amount of effort is worth the view (click to enlarge):



... and at the end of the trip, Rainbow Falls, which I still haven't gotten a good picture of yet, another time, I guess

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The main problem on that trip was that there was so much water, all the falls were running so fast we had a problem getting misted on whenever we stopped to take pictures. Beaver Meadow and especially Rainbow Falls were really wet.
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Re: Adirondack Mountain Reserve Waterfalls

Postby HaloGirl » Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:23 am

Some nice pics - especially like the 1st & 3rd.
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Re: Adirondack Mountain Reserve Waterfalls

Postby hobkyl » Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:00 pm

Great pictures! Do you recall what season it was when you were there?
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Re: Adirondack Mountain Reserve Waterfalls

Postby cbobcat49 » Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:58 pm

Great panorama on the Lost Lookout shot! That Rainbow Falls shot is pretty good. It may need some brightness correction in Photoshop and it'll be great. :)
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Re: Adirondack Mountain Reserve Waterfalls

Postby L_G_D » Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:27 am

That was in the fall, probably late September or early October.... or mid September, I forget, but around that time frame. I think there had been a day or two of heavy rain right before we went and it cleared off for a bright blue sky day, lucky timing on our part.

I already did a bunch of corrections on the Rainbow Falls shot, boosted the contrast heavily, adjusted highlights/shadows, etc. It was pretty washed out to begin with. Problem was, that was as close as you could get without getting drenched, it was running so fast. The most I've ever seen. The whole upper canyon was under a perpetual misty rain, you would need raingear to stay there very long. The other problem with that fall is there's no place to stand to see it well, and if you do get the whole thing in, you have a ton of contrast even on cloudy days, as you have to include the sky at least somewhat.
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