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Waterfall Mania ~ May 5, 2011

Journal entry by Wanderer



Hello everyone,

Tom asked me to write the trip report for our Waterfall Mania outing this past Thursday, May 5th to the Bear Slides - located north of the Hamlet of Lake Luzerne, and the Falls of West Brook - located near the Lake George Recreation Area off of exit 21 of the Northway. Despite the late notification of this alternate event and a threat of rain, eleven people showed up at the Fourth Lake carpooling area. With the recent flooding of River Road that accesses the trailhead we were glad that the town had repaired any damage and reopened it just for us. Evidence of just how high the water had gotten was seen with lots of debris clinging to the branches of trees that were obviously bowed under the force of the Hudson. Anita suggested that we hike the logging road on the south side of Buttermilk Brook to the slides with hopes that we could cross and make a loop. The logging road doesnít hug the brook as the trail does on the other side but a few of the more adventurous hikers followed a herd path of sorts to get an up-close view of some of the smaller cascades. Although the brook had already shrunk in size from the recent rains it still provided a pretty view of the many cascades and wide flow over the bare rock. A safe place to cross alluded us and despite Tom offering to use his body as a bridge we pressed on and eventually made it to the other side and continued our hike back to the cars. Picking up the cars at Fourth Lake we continued to the rec area for lunch. The warming hut was the perfect lunch spot to keep out of the wind and a great place to visit. Nancy Kimball joined the group for the short hike to West Brook. The falls didnít disappoint us with its numerous cascades. Thanks to Anita, Ken, Linda, Tom G, Don, Rose, Jack & Lenore, Diane, Chuck Wilkison, and Nancy for making this another great outing.

Peter

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Bear Slides #1



Bear Slides #2



Bear Slides #3



Bear Slides #4



Bear Slides #5



Lunchtime View - Lake George Looking North



West Brook Falls #1



West Brook Falls #2



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