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Rick Brockway

May 25, 2013

Waterfalls are even better when you keep them to yourself

Millions of people flock to see the great waterfalls of the world. They watch the millions of gallons of water wash over Niagara Falls or see the water come out of spectacular mountains to fall hundreds of feet into the valleys below. Waterfalls are truly some of nature’s most beautiful sights.

When I moved to the Adirondacks, I found a set of falls not far off Route 8. Griffin Gorge was one of my favorite spots. The water of the Sacandaga River tumbled down through a series of narrow chasms and huge boulders. I could climb down the steep rocks and get to fishing places that few ever reached. Many a beautiful trout were taken by working a night crawler in the deep pools below the various falls.

Auger Falls was another great spot. It was referred to as Hidden Falls for many years. A short hike from Route 30 takes you to another spectacular place in the forest. A series of large waterfalls also held some great fish, but getting into the pools was far more difficult because of the steepness and slipperiness of the terrain.

Many of the better waterfalls are not found along the highways and back roads. To get to places such as T-lake Falls, you have to hike 5-7 miles. T-lake Falls is the highest in Adirondacks. Water comes over the top and falls around 300 feet into the valley below. It’s located a little northwest of Piseco. The trail into the falls has been closed by the state for many years, though.

Approaching the falls from the top is very dangerous. Several people have fallen and died over the years trying to see this spectacular sight. The problem is, you can’t see the falls from the upper approach. The rock curves out and downward away from the mountain, and people would try to walk out to see the falls only to slip and fall to their deaths.

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