Magnitude:

28

 Abs Mag:

38

 Beisel Rating:

5.26 (Class 6)

 Height:

25 feet

 Tallest Drop:

15 feet

 # of Drops:

2

 Type:

Segmented

 Stream:

Missisquoi River

 Latitude:

44.9168

 Longitude:

72.3965

 Maps:

USGS North Troy 7 1/2"

 

Aerial Photography

 Delormes:

53 C11

 

 

The western segment of the falls from below, click to enlarge

A photo courtesy of Gerald R Buzzell (high water), click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

 

 

Troy , Orleans County, VT , USA

 

No Known Alternate Names

 

 

The western segment of the falls from below

 

Details:

I learned of this waterfall while looking at a book called, "The Waterfalls, Cascades and Gorges of Vermont" by Jerry Jenkins and Peter Zika. This book, which serves primarily to catalog the botanical and geological merits of a site, is available through inter-library loan. The book listed several waterfalls that I did not know of. Bakers Falls was one. The Missisquoi River flows over a dam, then over a pair of 10 to 15 footers. A short and steep climb is required to reach the base of the falls. The hydroplant itself is fenced and there is no view of the falls at the parking area. There may be a good view of the falls from the other side of the river.

 

Geology and Bedrock Structure:

The bedrock is the Stowe Schist Phyllite.

 

History:

 

Photography Notes:

I can't say what the northern segment looks like, but the southern segment could be photogenic from the base. The bedrock supports fern growth, and if the lighting were right, a nice shot is possible. The falls are quite open, so remember to bring a polarizer for glare. 50mm or the rough equivalent should suffice.

 

Directions:

From Troy, go east on Route 100. In about a half mile, turn north on River Road and drive for about 1 mile. The falls will be just below the bridge. It's possible to scramble down the steep embankment by the falls, however, there is an access road to the hydro facility about 100 feet south of the bridge. If you choose this access, take the right fork of the road.