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Re: mystery falls along route 73

Postby backpacker » Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:51 am

That is the top part of Roaring Brook falls. One of these times I'll stop and climb up there, the trail starts on the bottom right of Roaring Brook.
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Re: mystery falls along route 73

Postby cbobcat49 » Thu Aug 07, 2008 1:04 pm

About how tall would you say it is total? In the nyfalls list it says 100 feet but what I saw seemed much higher than that.
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Re: mystery falls along route 73

Postby Matt » Thu Aug 07, 2008 7:07 pm

the book says "over 100ft in two segments."
Not much help, it's obviously more than 100 ft

I'm re-naming the topic and linking it in.
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Re: Roaring Brook Falls

Postby L_G_D » Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:13 am

Roaring Brook is another favorite of mine, right up there with Split Rock. It's a completely different waterfall though, where Split Rock is huge and chunky and powerful, Roaring Brook is wispy and gossamer and tends to disappear in dry weather. From what I understand, there's a dam somewhere upstream that diverts the water from another channel into the one over the falls. I've never been up there to see it that I recall, so I can only say that much about it. Seem to remember reading that in a hiking guide.

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There is a popular pulloff on Rte 73 halfway down the hill from Chapel Pond that gives a good long-distance view of the falls. If you stop in the right place, you don't even need to get out of the car. Here's a shot from June when the water was about as high as I've seen it.

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That's the picture most people see, since it's the easiest to get. If you park at the hiker's parking at the bottom of the hill, you can walk the half mile for so to the bottom of the falls:

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Scramble up a bit and you get the next view

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A lot more scrambling gets you this view, this section is not visible from the road or from the bottom:

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Once you start getting towards the top, you'll be able to see the section that's visible from the road:

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Even more effort and a really bad hand-held panorama later, and you'll see the top section.

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I need to get back there and do this again with decent equipment. The lens I used for these older shots had a lot of chromatic aberration and weird distortions.

Total height? Easily well over 200 feet, maybe closer to 300 or more. About the only way to measure it would be to get a really accurate GPS with altitude reading at the top & bottom.
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Re: Roaring Brook Falls

Postby Matt » Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:58 am

some of those photos remind me of an Escher drawing. :crazy: :D
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Re: Roaring Brook Falls

Postby L_G_D » Mon Jul 27, 2009 1:11 pm

Yeah, I know what you mean. There isn't a lot of room to stand while climbing the falls, and getting to a good place to take a picture is tough. So, ultra-wide angle lenses and stitched panoramas are the only way to go.

I might see if I can convince a friend to climb them again this year and see what I can get with more modern equipment.
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Re: Roaring Brook Falls

Postby L_G_D » Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:21 pm

Another shot from the end of August of the bottom of the falls. I mostly took it from this vantage point because I didn't feel like rock scrambling any further. I have tentative plans with a friend to climb the falls this October if the weather & our ambition cooperate. Hopefully, we'll get some decent shots of the little-seen middle sections and not kill ourselves in the process.

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Re: Roaring Brook Falls

Postby Des219 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:57 pm

LGD, your information was great for our trip. Thank you.

We did not have near as much water as you did, even though it was raining when we were there. Also, after a 7 hr drive we were not too anxious to climb to the second part so we skipped.
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Re: Roaring Brook Falls

Postby L_G_D » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:18 am

Nice shots. We drove by over the weekend and after looking from the road (it's nice to be able to preview the falls without getting out of the car) we saw there was hardly any water going over, and it had rained quite a bit the night before, so that's no measure I guess.
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Re: Roaring Brook Falls

Postby Des219 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:02 pm

Thanks. Even though the flow was low, it was still fun. I was surprised at how warm the water was too.
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