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Cascade Lake Falls

Postby L_G_D » Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:21 pm

Looks like this one is listed in the main list, but has no dedicated post yet, so here it is, just needs to be linked. There is a picture posted in the discussion for Roaring Brook (another I'm going to have to do a major set of pics for) but nothing close up.

Got there last week, again, taking advantage of the rainy weather, though it was starting to improve by later in the week, and there actually hadn't been significant rain for a couple days. Of course, it had rained some, but only passing showers. We didn't go the whole week where it didn't rain at least some each day.

You park in the area between the lakes, there are boat launches (no motor boats, of course) and places to picnic, and the trail to the falls leads up from a swampy area on the other side of the bridge. The trail is fairly easy to follow, though at one time, there were many herd paths leading in many directions that could get you turned around. Just head uphill and parallel the stream and you should be OK. Though the lower part of the stream dries up and disappears underground, you can still tell where the channel for it is.

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I've been past the main falls, and there are many more on this stream up the enitre side of the mountain. I did take some pictures one tme, but that camera got dropped in the river above Split Rock a few days later and most of the film was ruined. The climb is so treacherous that I really doubt I'll ever try it again.
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Re: Cascade Lake Falls

Postby Matt » Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:32 pm

Great photo with an excellent composition. I linked this up to the index.
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Re: Cascade Lake Falls

Postby HaloGirl » Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:00 pm

Gorgeous photo!
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Re: Cascade Lake Falls

Postby L_G_D » Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:26 am

Matt wrote:Great photo with an excellent composition. I linked this up to the index.


Great, thanks. I still have a bunch more to add that will need linking along with some of the others I've already posted.
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Re: Cascade Lake Falls

Postby Matt » Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:38 pm

I'm running so behind on the index... it takes a while to verify and update that and the map. I think I'll do one strong push at the end of the summer.
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Re: Cascade Lake Falls

Postby L_G_D » Mon Jul 27, 2009 1:25 pm

I know, it's hard to get motivated when it's nice and sunny and summer out.... wait a minute, it's raining again, what was I saying? I hear there were some tornados out in western NY, anyone have a run in with them? Hope everyone is OK.....

As for Cascade Falls, I dug up my shots of the stream above the falls and I really don't think they are worth posting. Cheap film in a cheap camera that then got dunked makes for shots that didn't turn out too well. Aside from the fact there was very little water, though I'd hate to think of climbing that stream while there's any more water than there was back then, it's a brutal climb. And to think that was the only trail up Cascade Mountain at one time....
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Re: Cascade Lake Falls

Postby GovMule » Sat Aug 22, 2009 4:03 pm

That is a fantastic shot LGD. Absolutely beautiful. Ran across this shot scouting out some places to stop this fall.
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Re: Cascade Lake Falls

Postby L_G_D » Sun Aug 23, 2009 10:03 pm

Thanks, I got lucky with the light, and some other people had just left to give me a clear shot.

It's a great place to visit in the fall, I'll be in the area around the first of October or so. Though the water in some of the smaller streams tends to dry up in the fall, I doubt this year that will be a problem, and the colors usually make up for any absence of water. Matter of fact, I'm in the Adirondacks right now for a week and it's rained the first two days so far.
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Re: Cascade Lake Falls

Postby GovMule » Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:36 pm

LGD,
I'm hoping to get up in the mountains in September. I've passed by these falls numerous times over the years,and always wanted to check them out. They look so inviting as you whiz by on the road. I'm going to make it a point to stop here. Could you be more specific in how to access the falls from the lot ? Not sure from your previous statement. I know where the lot is. Which direction to the trail ? Towards Keene Valley or Placid on the bridge?
(the trail to the falls leads up from a swampy area on the other side of the bridge.)

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Re: Cascade Lake Falls

Postby L_G_D » Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:42 am

The parking lot is a sharp turn off the road, if you're coming from Keene, then you practically have to do a left U-turn to get to the lot. If you're coming from Lake Placid, it's an easy right turn off the road. The road down the hill can be bumpy with rocks and potholes, so you have to slow down immediately once you get off the high-speed main road. Once at the picnic area, there are several places to park, but no designated parking area. Most people just pull up to an obvious spot that still allows traffic to get by. There is a small wooden bridge that spans the creek that connects the two lakes, you can drive over that if you want, there is a small amount of parking on the other side, and a nice gravelly area on the lower lake to put in a canoe or kayak. The swampy area is pretty obvious once you cross the bridge. In dryer years, it's not so swampy, just a muddy spot, but this year it's pretty wet. The trail leads between the bushes at the back of this muddy area, it's pretty easy to find. During the summer when the undergrowth is high, there's pretty much only one way to walk, there may be smaller paths to the various climbing routes to the side, but the main trail is pretty obvious now, and generally heads straight uphill.

Once you get across the small bridge, you should have no problem finding the end of the trail. The small creek runs directly between the lakes, and if you stand on the bridge with your back to the main road, and look up the mountain, you might glimpse the falls through the trees. Just follow your nose and head up hill.
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