Magnitude:

36

 Abs Mag:

60

 Beisel Rating:

4.99 (Class 5)

 Height:

90 feet

 Tallest Drop:

50 feet

 # of Drops:

3

 Type:

tiered

 Stream:

Frye Brook

 Latitude:

44.6383

 Longitude:

70.8609

 Maps:

USGS Andover 7 1/2"

 

Aerial Photography

 Delormes:

18 D2

 

 

The lower drop (also known as The Churn), click to enlarge

The middle drop (also known as The Cataract), click to enlarge

A wide angle view of the middle drop (also known as The Cataract), click to enlarge

The upper drop (also known as The Flume), click to enlarge

The upper drop from inside the gorge (also known as The Flume), click to enlarge

A telephoto isolation of the crest of the upper drop (also known as The Flume), click to enlarge

A wide angle view of the upper drop (also known as The Flume), click to enlarge

The final tier (below The Churn), click to enlarge

 

 

Andover North Surplus , Oxford County, ME , USA

 

No Known Alternate Names

 

 

The upper drop (also known as The Flume)

 

Details:

This waterfall was much, much better than I had hoped. The trail up Frye Brook leads to three waterfalls. At about 2/10 of a mile, you'll reach the lowest tier, also known as The Churn, is a breathtaking 50' tiered plunge into a deep gorge. There is a fence along the top that keeps people back from the tight gorge and sheer drop. I would have made the somewhat difficult scramble into the gorge for a better photo, but I had my son with me. I try to neither set a bad example or fall to my death in front of him, dontchya know? In another 1/10 of a mile, you reach the middle falls, also known as The Cataract, is a more user friendly waterfall. A short scramble leads to the edge of the stream, giving a clear view of a 15' sliding cascade into a shallow pool. Another 2/10 of a mile up the trail, you reach the final tier, also known as The Flume, is a 20' drop at the head of a walled gorge with a short 5' drop into a pool at the exit of the formation. Below the pool, you'll find a broad rocky beach, mostly basketball sized (and larger) granite rocks. The trail continues past the falls and leads to the top of Little Baldpate Mountain.

 

Geology and Bedrock Structure:

 

History:

 

Photography Notes:

Bring a lot of film. This is a very photogenic waterfall. You'll need a tripod, a polarizer, a warming filter, and focal lengths in the 35-105mm range. This is a great place to burn a lot of film. I suggest taking a GOOD look around for all possible angles.

 

Directions:

Take East B Hill Road east off Route 26, just barely east of the Maine/New Hampshire state line. Drive to the height of land, passing the parking for Dunn Falls along the way. About 2.5 miles past height of land, you'll see a pullout on the left side of the road, and a horribly washed out "road" on the opposite side. The sign says, "Cataracts Road". The falls are about 3/10 of a mile up the trail.