Go for Hike, Find a Hidden Waterfall.Posted: July 6, 2009
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.
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.
ok enough of the soon to be parking lot- if that what it even is.
On with the show.
Ok ok just one more..
OK, on through the giant clearing…
….and into the woods
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!
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:
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!
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.