Hanging Spear Falls and Opalescent River

Newcomb, New York 12852

Hanging Spear Falls and Opalescent River

Hanging Spear Falls and Opalescent River Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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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Some recent updates... The trail starts on red trail markers not yellow, stay on the main access road & don't wander right until you cross the bridge. The bridge over the Opalescent River has been rebuilt, no need to ford the river (unfortunately if you were looking forward to that challenge!), but you still get to ford the river at the broken dam further upstream. The Calamity Brook trail is heavily trafficked, keep going to the Hanging Spear trail before making camp if you like solitude. The Hanging Spear trail is flooded by what looks like a new beaver dam. Scramble through the thick undergrowth to the right to go around. Some High Peaks rules according to the ranger we met: Bear canisters are required; they prevent bears from being euthanized. No fires allowed to save the trees from all the hikers. Lean-tos must be shared, they sleep 8. You can camp anywhere 200 feet from the trail & water. Enjoy!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
11-13.7 miles
1,052 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Skill Level
7.5-8.5 hours to overnight
1,748 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,800 feet
Top Elevation
Additional Use
Views, Waterfalls
High Peaks Adirondack trail information www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9198.html
Local Contacts
National Geographic Adirondack Park, Lake Placid/High Peaks (#742)
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018