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Re: Cascade Lake Falls

Postby L_G_D » Sun Oct 25, 2009 10:38 am

OK, I'm well into my film scanning project and I found some not too bad shots of some of the falls above the main set. This is from a different trip than the ones that I took on a P&S camera that later got dropped in the river near Split Rock. These were taken in the summer of 1990, on crappy film, but at least at that time I had a decent "real" 35mm camera, probably a Minolta X7-A, but with a pretty poor 24mm lens that added a lot of distortion. But considering that there probably aren't too many shots of these falls by anyone, here they are.

This may be the extreme upper part of the main falls in the shot in the first post, or it may be the next section.

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Even further up, definitely these can't be seen any other way than to climb up there. From the composition, I don't think there was any other place to stand to get a shot, so the perspective is really messed up. Most likely I was teetering on the edge of a very slippery and high drop off.

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Once you get above these, you can look off to see Pitchoff Mtn and the roadway:

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You can see by the height that it's quite a climb, and not an easy one. Almost straight up the whole time, with unsure footing on slippery rocks. But, it is pretty cool up there, with giant boulders made almost completely of blue & green calcite, and a bunch of other mineral oddities. I've also heard that there is a cave up there somewhere, but I'm not going to go looking for it.
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Re: Cascade Lake Falls

Postby L_G_D » Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:29 pm

As I mentioned in another thread, hurricane Irene caused quite a change to Cascade Falls. Compare this shot to the one at the top of the thread.

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Taken from a spot a little to the right and below from the one at the top, because the place I was standing in that shot is no longer there, it's been washed away. The upshot of this is, the falls are now a good 8-10 feet taller. I should have taken some shots of the stream leading up to the falls, as the damage is more apparent there. I did take video as my friend was taking shots below, here's a couple screengrabs of the lower stream.

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Sorry for the quality on those, my video camera is only SD resolution, but you get the idea.

Here's a shot my friend took while I was taking video of the lower section of the stream.

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For anyone who's been there, the change is dramatic.
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Cascade Lake Falls

Postby ApproachingLight » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:04 pm

Can not find a thread on this falls even though Kyle makes mention of one. Good flow last weekend on the 4th. Still on a 1 to 5 I would give this a 1-2. Yes it is big, but there is no challenge to get there. It does not have a pool and as mentioned below, the base looks like a war or bulldozer went through.

If you want to kayak up in Lake placid and want this as a back drop, then maybe. Even still the highway runs along upper and lower cascade lake where the falls is.

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Re: This weekend
by L_G_D » Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:18 am

I was in the Adirondacks for the weekend, and it was cold and rainy there too. Did manage to get to Split Rock, Wilmington Flume and Cascade Lakes. But mostly we drove around looking at the damage from Irene. Keene Valley & Keene are getting back in shape, the roads are passable, but you can see where some people are going to have a hard time of it for a while. The greatest change that struck me was Cascade Lakes Falls. I will be posting some pictures later as soon as I process them, but let's just say for anyone who has been there and is familiar with what the falls used to look like, well, it doesn't look like that anymore. The falls themselves are pretty much the same, that was solid rock, so no big change there, but they are about 8-10 feet taller now that the flood has removed that much fill from the pool at the bottom. The stream leading down from the falls to the lake looks like a large buldozer drove down it scraping all the gravel and boulders away down to bedrock in some places. There are no trees or underbrush for 50 to 100 feet on each side of the stream and there are large piles of broken timber on both sides of the stream. The old trail is almost obliterated, and you just walk up the streambed for the most part, which has also changed course slightly. Amazing the power of water. There were so many trees cleared from around the stream that you can easily see the falls from the road driving by, and even well above the falls to the next set of falls that you could never see before.
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Re: Cascade Lake Falls

Postby Kelly » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:12 pm

David - I found the existing topic & merged your post with it. If a search on the message boards yields no results, you can always go here and probably find a link to the existing topics.
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Re: Cascade Lake Falls

Postby hobkyl » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:38 pm

:confused: me? Or is LGD's real name Kyle?

I'm guessing you mean Cascade Lake vs Lake Placid?

Great pics! :up: :up: Are those from up on Pitchoff Mt?
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Re: Cascade Lake Falls

Postby Kelly » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:45 pm

Oh, yeah. L_G_D's real name is Loren. Kyle is some other guy. ;)
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Re: Cascade Lake Falls

Postby ApproachingLight » Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:44 pm

Sorry Kyle, or Maybe I should say sorry Loren!

These are from as close to the road right in that park between the lakes. Very hazy day. The approach to the bottom of the falls is still as you said, blown out. Not as pretty, no more pool. Tree shrapnel everywhere. And Buggy as heck.
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Re: Cascade Lake Falls

Postby hobkyl » Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:27 pm

Oh wow it looks as though you're looking down on the whole set of falls. This will definitely be on my list of stops for this years fall trek.
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Re: Cascade Lake Falls

Postby L_G_D » Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:09 am

That is a nice view, I was there recently and there's still not much recovery from Irene, though it makes for some interesting shots. I'm really curious as to what the upper sections look like now, but I can't imagine trying to climb up there. Before Irene, there were spots where the only way to get past some places was to hold onto the trees, and since there are almost no trees there anymore, it would be a bit more difficult and dangerous.
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Re: Cascade Lake Falls

Postby Des219 » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:59 pm

We were there is August and like LGD said it is still rough. The water wasn't flowing much either.
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