Abs Mag:


 Beisel Rating:

5.97 (Class 6)


50 feet

 Tallest Drop:

25 feet

 # of Drops:





West Branch Ausable River






USGS Lake Placid 7 1/2"


Aerial Photography


96 B3



The first drop (above the Route 86 Bridge), click to enlarge

The middle drop in the flume, click to enlarge

The final plunge, click to enlarge



Wilmington , Essex County, NY , USA


No Known Alternate Names



The first drop (above the Route 86 Bridge)



While I was planning the trip to High Falls Gorge, I saw 2 other waterfalls marked nearby on the topo maps. The first, called Monument Falls is a short drop into a large pool. That waterfall is about 4 miles northeast of Lake Placid on Route 86. High Falls Gorge is about 5 miles further. Another 3 miles leads you to The Flume Fall. This waterfall was a lot of fun to explore. There are tree falls here, a long gorge to walk along, and despite the close proximity of Route 86, there is a wilderness feel to these falls. The parking lot for these falls is on the north side of the bridge over the West Branch of the Ausable River. Carefully cross the road (there is a fair amount of traffic) and follow the rim of the gorge. The upper fall is just above the bridge. It is a small waterfall about 10 feet tall which serves to preview the falls below. The middle fall is best seen from downstream. The trees around the falls make a good view difficult from that vantage point. The river splits around a large rocky outcropping, with only the far waterfall visible from downstream. It falls about 25 feet into a narrow gorge. The lower fall drops about 20 feet into a large pool that seems to be a fairly popular swimming hole.


Geology and Bedrock Structure:




Photography Notes:

You'll want an overcast day. The sun would cause HUGE problems with lighting here. Carefully walking along the rim of the gorge will give a few possible vantage points of the falls within the gorge. You'll want a polarizer, and a zoom lens to more easily compose your shots. Focal lengths between 50mm and 200mm should get every possible composition illustrating the falls.



The Flume Fall starts just above the Route 86 bridge over the West Branch of the Ausable River, about 1.5 miles southwest of the intersection of Route 431 in Wilmington.