Go for Hike, Find a Hidden Waterfall.

A while back I read a post on Jay Gaulard’s blog about a hidden waterfall somewhere near the Shawangunk Mountain Ridge (The ‘Gunks).You can read all about his experience by clicking here . If you read his post, you’ll notice he did not give the location. I emailed him and politely asked for more specific details . Luckily, he provided me with more detailed directions provided I promised to send him a check for 100 bucks. The check is in the mail buddy. Promise.

We decided that today we would go for hike. Originally, we were going to go to Sam’s Point to visit the ice caves. Been there, done that. Twice. Have the T-shirt and hat. Than I remembered the email Jay Gaulard sent to me a long time ago and suggested to Laurie that we go looking for a hidden waterfall.

We packed the backpack with sandwhiches, chips, water, some more water, a couple of towels and some matches-you never know. All the survival shows I watch all do the same thing-start a fire. So we loaded up the car and went over the mountain, into Ellenville, than right onto 209. I will spare you the details of where we parked and just say it is off the beaten path.  We parked the car right in front of the gate. Actually off to the side as not to block the gate, I obey  bright red signs.

Wait for me!!

Wait for me!!

 

Umm..no woods. No water. Where are you taking us Fatty?

Umm..no woods. No water. Where are you taking us Fatty?

As we walked down the path, we spotted a construction site. To me, it looks like New York State caught on to the fact people have been hiking through here for a while. Looks like they are building a parking lot for people to park their cars….there is even a  little guard shack or toll both looking thing.

Paved paradise and put up a parking lot...

Paved paradise and put up a parking lot...

Two pipes in the middle of the lot- think they are part of the Catskill Aquadect System.

Two pipes in the middle of the lot- think they are part of the Catskill Aquadect System.

ok enough of the soon to be parking lot- if that what it even is.

On with the show.

Please stop taking pictures of the parking lot...lets keep going.

Please stop taking pictures of the parking lot...lets keep going.

Ok ok just one more..

Helipad next to the parking lot!

Helipad next to the parking lot!

 

OK, on through the giant clearing…

Onward!

Onward!

….and into the woods

 

Here we go!

Here we go!

Oh a word about videos. When you click on the video the first time, it will skip and pause alot. When you play the video a second time the picture will be nice and steady.

As you see in the video, the terrain was very rocky and hilly. Tough going for a 3 year old and one wearing flip flops. Maddie did very well on the rocks and even found her own private beach!

My own beach!

My own beach!

After Maddie splashed around a bit, we traveled upstream to the falls.

As we got closer, we could hear the falls get louder until finally I spotted them through trees and took a very quick video. Why so quick? We were balancing on rocks…

We climbed a little higher so I could get this video:

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A closer look

We decided that this was a pretty good place to sit and have some lunch. But where to sit? How about a rock in the middle of the pool at the botom of this cavern? Ok!

Good sandwhich eating spot for 3

Good sandwhich eating spot for 3

 We settled in on the rock above and I shot this video

We ate our lunch, re packed the backpack and made our way back out to the car. On the way home we spotted some hanggliders over the ridge in Ellenville. But that is another post.

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6 Comments on “Go for Hike, Find a Hidden Waterfall.”

  1. Me says:

    WOW! Beautiful waterfalls, better than the one in Child’s Park. Looks like you all had a great time.

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  2. Eugene says:

    AWESOME!!! I was going to say reminds me of child’s park. Except doesn’t seem like you have to walk as far to see A waterfall. It seemed like you had to walk for ever at Child’s Park to see a single waterfall.

    I see you learn from previous experiences (https://oshea12566.wordpress.com/2009/06/29/hiking-on-the-ow/) to bring the backpack. Looks like you guys had a wonderful little lunch by the waterfall… 🙂

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    • oshea12566 says:

      Yes, we did learn from previous experience. This time, we bought a backpack. We did have a lunch by the waterfall… It was a long walk..actually there were no steps like at CHilds Park…just alot of rocks.

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  3. Jeanmarie says:

    My favorite kind of hike leads to a waterfall. looked like a fun day.

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