This is one of the Best waterfalls in the Northeast



 Abs Mag:


 Beisel Rating:

3.4 (Class 4)


60 feet

 Tallest Drop:

25 feet

 # of Drops:





East Branch Dead Diamond River






USGS Bosebuck Mountain 7 1/2"


Aerial Photography


53 H11



The falls from the rock ledge, click to enlarge

The falls from below in the middle of the river, click to enlarge

A wide angle shot of the falls from below, click to enlarge



Pittsburg , Coos County, NH , USA


No Known Alternate Names



The falls from the rock ledge



According to the Bolnick's excellent "Waterfalls of the White Mountains", this is a "Remote, 40 foot drop; on private timberland, public access discouraged." This is partially correct as I suspect a few things have changed since the book was written. Access is graciously granted, with a stipulation. Since you will be travelling on logging roads, you must yield to the logging trucks. Very small price to pay. As you start down the short trail to the falls (once you've gotten there, that is...) you'll start to hear the falls after a few minutes. The trail steepens as you approach the falls and you begin to see the lower tier through the trees to your left. You can make your way safely to the edge of the narrow cleft below the falls for a clear view of the lower tier. If you continue down the trail to the river, it's possible to ford the stream and then work your way back upstream for some further views in the gorge above the lower tier.


Geology and Bedrock Structure:



This waterfall was notorious during the logging drives in times past. This gorge was a logjam magnet, often times, men would be lowered into the gorge on a rope to try and pry the jammed logs free. Several lives were lost here.


Photography Notes:

This is a very photogenic waterfall. The surroundings are definitely conducive to good photography. An overcast day is ideal, and a polarizer will be indispensible to cut reflections. As cool as the colors tend to be, I didn't use a warming filter as the river is blackwater, tinted to an ice tea color from vegetation leaching tannin into the water. The gorge is oriented more or less on a north-south axis, so early or late in the day is the best time to shoot. A fairly wide range of focal lengths are helpful here.



Take Route 3 to Magalloway Road, about 4.7 miles north of the dam at the First Connecticut Lake. Turn onto Magalloway Road and follow it for about 14 miles. This stretch is a long dirt road going into the middle of a huge undeveloped piece of land. Stay on the main stem of the road, avoiding the minor logging roads that lead into various areas of the forest. This is easier and more obvious than it sounds. The only tricky part is at about the 13 mile point, where the road seems to turn left across a bridge. You want to go straight, rather than left across the bridge. In about 1 more mile, you'll see a large boulder on the left side of the road. There is a brass USGS marker on the boulder. The trail is steep for the first few yards, then levels out. Considering the remote location of the parking area (if your car breaks down here, it's gonna be a LONG walk home, kids...) the trail is in very good shape, well worn and clear of obstacles.