Magnitude:

18

 Abs Mag:

22

 Beisel Rating:

1.47 (Class 2)

 Height:

600 feet

 Tallest Drop:

150 feet

 # of Drops:

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 Type:

tiered

 Stream:

Kedron Brook

 Latitude:

44.1749

 Longitude:

71.4031

 Maps:

USGS Crawford Notch 7 1/2"

 

Aerial Photography

 Delormes:

44 E4

 

 

The shallow flume above the trail crossing, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

A super telephoto shot from Route 302 near the entrance to Ripley Falls, click to enlarge

 

 

Harts Location , Carroll County, NH , USA

 

No Known Alternate Names

 

 

The shallow flume above the trail crossing

 

Details:

This series of cascades doesn't often have much water. Low water is not necessarily a deterrent to me, it just gives me more af a chance to commune with the bedrock. If this were a full sized stream, this waterfall might be the most impressive in the area. With waterfalls like Arethusa Falls, Nancy Cascades, and Ripley Falls in the immediate vicinity, this is no small compliment. The trail to Kedron Flume starts behind the Willey House on Route 302 in Crawford Notch State Park. The trail is short, but climbs steeply. Before you know it, you have reached Kedron Brook. A shallow trench funnels the stream towards you as you make the crossing. Below the trail crossing, the stream starts it's real descent. The trees open up and you can see the valley floor far beneath you. Topo maps show the total height of the cascades from the trail crossing to the valley floor might be in the area of around 600 feet. The one thing about this waterfall that disappointed me was the complete inability to climb down along the falls. I probably take more chances than I should, but I am certainly not stupid. Trying to climb down this waterfall would likely result in a fall of about 150 feet, then a tumble alongside the lower parts of the cascades, not the ideal way to see the falls. It is possible to see the lower parts of the falls by walking along the rail line, but be aware that this is an active line and walking on the tracks is both dangerous and illegal--stay well off the tracks! The postcard shows the portion of the falls just above the track.

 

Geology and Bedrock Structure:

Kedron Brook slides over, and drops down the Mount Osceola Granite.

 

History:

 

Photography Notes:

It's possible to get a telephoto shot of Kedron Flume from Route 302, a short ways north of the Ripley Falls parking area, but you'll need at least 500mm to get a decent look. The photo I took was with 900mm of focal length, and the 1.6x magnification factor of a friend's borrowed DSLR camera. The upper part of the falls is easy. You'll need a tripod and a polarizing filter. The red granite bedrock would make the warming filter a bit over the top. Focal lengths in the 28-80mm range will suffice there. Overcast days are best for the upper part of the falls, but lower clouds will obscure the falls as seen from Route 302. If you shoot on an overcast day, make sure you have a fairly high ceiling.

 

Directions:

The trail to the falls is located behind the Willey House, about 1 mile north of the well-signed parking area for Ripley Falls (or about 2.4 miles east of height of land) on Route 302 in Crawford Notch.