Falls on Northwest Bay Brook

Ray Brook, New York

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This uphill scramble is oh-so-worth the effort to reach the mossy, spongy, emeraldgreen glen at the top of this needle-covered hill. When you stand at the bottom of this trail-less hill and look up, your first thought may be, “This had better be worth it.” Let me assure you that that this uphill hike over a thick bed of potentially slippery evergreen needles (hemlock, pine, and others) pays off when you finally reach the falls. Set in a moss-lined glen that’s entirely hidden until you’re nearly upon it, the falls descends over the gorge rim in two long, parallel cascades, separated by a huge ridge of metamorphic rock jutting up through the water. Directly across from the falls, you’ll find a rocky knob covered in soft, spongy moss and woodland ground covers, the perfect place to sit down, catch your breath, and cool your quads while you enjoy this special place.
Hiking Waterfalls in New York

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Hiking Waterfalls in New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

This uphill scramble is oh-so-worth the effort to reach the mossy, spongy, emeraldgreen glen at the top of this needle-covered hill. When you stand at the bottom of this trail-less hill and look up, your first thought may be, “This had better be worth it.” Let me assure you that that this uphill hike over a thick bed of potentially slippery evergreen needles (hemlock, pine, and others) pays off when you finally reach the falls.

Set in a moss-lined glen that’s entirely hidden until you’re nearly upon it, the falls descends over the gorge rim in two long, parallel cascades, separated by a huge ridge of metamorphic rock jutting up through the water. Directly across from the falls, you’ll find a rocky knob covered in soft, spongy moss and woodland ground covers, the perfect place to sit down, catch your breath, and cool your quads while you enjoy this special place.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ray Brook
Distance: 0.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: NYSDEC Region 5, PO Box 296, 1115 NY 86, Ray Brook, 12977, (518) 8971200, www.dec.ny.gov/about/631.html
Local Maps: DeLorme: New York State Atlas & Gazetteer, page 39
Driving Directions: Directions to Falls on Northwest Bay Brook

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Apr 2018