Hanging Spear Falls and Opalescent River

Newcomb, New York

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Deep in the remote High Peaks Wilderness is a stunning waterfall. Combine that with evocative names such as Hanging Spear, Flowed Lands, and Opalescent River and this adventure promises to be a spectacular trip, and it does not let you down. Because most hikers in the High Peaks are set on bagging the various peaks, chances are that you will be able to enjoy this isolated waterfall all to yourself. A protracted climb, a river ford, the remote location, and the length of the trail mean that this trip is best left to experienced hikers. You will want to give yourself plenty of time not only to complete the hike but also to enjoy the magnificent views at the falls and elsewhere along the loop.
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by Tim Starmer (Menasha Ridge Press)

Deep in the remote High Peaks Wilderness is a stunning waterfall. Combine that with evocative names such as Hanging Spear, Flowed Lands, and Opalescent River and this adventure promises to be a spectacular trip, and it does not let you down. Because most hikers in the High Peaks are set on bagging the various peaks, chances are that you will be able to enjoy this isolated waterfall all to yourself.

A protracted climb, a river ford, the remote location, and the length of the trail mean that this trip is best left to experienced hikers. You will want to give yourself plenty of time not only to complete the hike but also to enjoy the magnificent views at the falls and elsewhere along the loop.

© 2017 Tim Starmer/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Newcomb
Distance: 11-13.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,052 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7.5-8.5 hours to overnight
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,748 feet
Top Elevation: 2,800 feet
Additional Use: Camping
Features: Views, Waterfalls
Local Contacts: High Peaks Adirondack trail information www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9198.html
Local Maps: National Geographic Adirondack Park, Lake Placid/High Peaks (#742)
Driving Directions: Directions to Hanging Spear Falls and Opalescent River

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