This is one of the Best waterfalls in the Northeast

 Magnitude:

41

 Abs Mag:

48

 Beisel Rating:

1.52 (Class 2)

 Height:

640 feet

 Tallest Drop:

80 feet

 # of Drops:

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 Type:

cascades

 Stream:

 Latitude:

44.207

 Longitude:

71.4026

 Maps:

USGS Crawford Notch 7 1/2"

 

Aerial Photography

 Delormes:

44 D4

 

 

The main portion of the drop, click to enlarge

The tallest individual drop, click to enlarge

The upper tier (not visible from the road), click to enlarge

The entire drop, click to enlarge

The upper tier (not visible from the road), click to enlarge

The tallest individual drop, click to enlarge

A telephoto isolation of the very upper drop, click to enlarge

A postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive (2nd from left), click to enlarge

 

 

Harts Location , Carroll County, NH , USA

 

No Known Alternate Names

 

 

The main portion of the drop

 

Details:

Silver Cascade is located just east of the height of land on Route 302 that is referred to as the Gates of the Notch. Much like its neighbor just uphill, Flume Cascade, this cascade is a series of waterfalls dropping down the side of Crawford Notch. Although I have seen height estimates up to 1000 feet for both of these falls, I think that figure is greatly exaggerated. About 640 vertical feet seems more likely. Topo maps suggest that the falls extend for better than 200 vertical feet above the portion of the falls visible from Route 302. This waterfall is a more risky climb than its neighbor to the north. To get to the open places on the cliffs requires a combination of sure feet, and steady nerves. During my visit, the water was low, and the rocks were dry. A little friction climbing knowhow was providential to reach the higher falls and the open ledges. In 1996, a visitor fell to his death here. Apparently, the rocks were wet, and a slip simply picked up speed all the way to the edge. At any rate, the view is better from the roadside. I would strongly caution against climbing the falls.

 

Geology and Bedrock Structure:

The falls drape over a tall, irregular ledge of gneiss called the Littleton Formation.

 

History:

 

Photography Notes:

This waterfall can be a delightful subject, provided you have good conditions. The falls in full spate are quite impressive. In lower water, the falls take a more lacy tumble down the cliff face. Have your tripod, polarizer, and warming filter. A wide range of focal lengths can make the more inaccessible portions of the falls seem well within reach. While your in the area, be sure to walk across the road and find Dismal Pond. The small stagnant body of water is a very good reflecting pool for the upper reaches of the notch.

 

Directions:

Silver Cascade is a short distance downhill to the east from height of land in Crawford Notch on Route 302.