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Salmon River Falls Unique Area Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls View

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls View

Name: Salmon River Falls Unique Area
Fee: Free / Pets: Yes (but not advised)

GPS: N43 32.942 W75 56.649 (Parking)

Trail: Riverbed Trail
Length: 0.75 miles (Round Trip to Parking Area) / Difficulty: Easy
GPS: N 43 32.885 W 75 56.377

Trail: Gorge Trail
Length: 0.50 miles (Round Trip to Parking Area) / Difficulty: Moderate
GPS: N 43 32.941 W 75 56.504

Trail: Upper Falls Trail
Length: 2.50 miles (Round Trip) / Difficulty: Moderate
GPS: N 43 32.885 W 75 56.377

Trail Maps:
Salmon River Falls Area Map
Salmon Falls Primitive Camping

Additional Links:
Salmon River – TTT Summary

Visited:
> 08/15/2009 (AdvGirl & Chinook)
> 08/19/2009 (Solo)

08/19/2009 – I started at the parking area, hiked down and back up the Gorge Trail, down and back the Riverbed Trail and down and back the Upper Falls Trail for a total distance of around 3.00 miles.  Unlike years ago, there is no longer swimming allowed in the plunge pool but you can find a few holes on the Riverbed Trail to get into the water and cool off.  This entire area has been improved, especially the Gorge Trail, over the years and is a great place for a hike.

The Gorge Trail – This trail is very easy to navigate and is only 0.25 mile round trip from top to bottom and back again.  For the most part it is two rustic stone staircases.  The stepping stones are not even and can be slick.  I made the descent easily in sandals but hiking shoes may be more appropriate (especially if you intend to do the Upper Falls Trail).  Note: This trail is closed November to May unless you are a register ice climber.  Check out JimtheLawyer’s photos of his climb.

The Riverbed Trail – This is a short 66′ section that starts at the top of the falls.  It offers a great view of the falls from on high as well a place to put your feet in the water.  The trail sign indicates that the rocks are slick and it’s not exaggerating.  There is also no restraining ways from keeping you from going over the falls but with a little caution and common sense you can look right down into the plunge pool below.

The Upper Falls Trail – This is about a 1 mile trail that starts at the stairs that descend to the Riverbed Trail.  It’s indicated as “not maintained” which is quickly evident by the number of trees you’ll soon be jumping over and scooting under.  Sections of the trail are muddy, especially in wet conditions and due to the fact that the trail travels close to the water in sections, high dam releases from the dam require some caution and common sense.  The trail ends at the Salmon River Reservoir Dam which offers some great views in and of itself.

Salmon River Falls - Trail Entrance

Salmon River Falls - Trail Entrance

Salmon River Falls - Entrance Trail

Salmon River Falls - Entrance Trail

Salmon River Falls - Gorge Trail

Salmon River Falls - Gorge Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Gorge Trail View

Salmon River Falls - Upper Gorge Trail View

Salmon River Falls - Base of Gorge Trail

Salmon River Falls - Base of Gorge Trail

Salmon River Falls - Base of Gorge View

Salmon River Falls - Base of Gorge View

Salmon River Falls - Riverbed Trail View

Salmon River Falls - Riverbed Trail View

Salmon River Falls - Riverbed Trail

Salmon River Falls - Riverbed Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail View

Salmon River Falls - Upper Falls Trail View

Salmon River Falls - End of Upper Trail

Salmon River Falls - End of Upper Trail

Salmon River Falls - Dam Bridge

Salmon River Falls - Dam Bridge

Salmon River Falls - Dam from Below Bridge

Salmon River Falls - Dam from Below Bridge

Salmon River Falls - From Bridge toward Falls

Salmon River Falls - From Bridge toward Falls

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Chateaugay State Forest Saturday, August 15th, 2009
Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 5

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 5

Name: Chateaugay State Forest
Fee: Free / Pets: Yes

GPS: N43 34.698 W75 57.707 (Beecherville Parking)

Trail 1: Length: 1.90 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail 2: Length: 0.80 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail 3: Length: 0.40 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail 4: Length: 0.20 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail 5: Length: 0.50 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail 6: Length: 0.40 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail 7: Length: 0.20 miles / Difficulty: Easy
Trail A/B: Length: 0.30 miles / Difficulty: Unknown
Trail B/C: Length: 0.60 miles / Difficulty: Unknown
Trail C/D: Length: 0.50 miles / Difficulty: Unknown
Trail D/B: Length: 2.20 miles / Difficulty: Unknown

* Don’t let the trail lengths above discourage you.  When you look at the trail map you’ll see there are multiple combinations that can be put together for longer hikes.

Trail Map: Chateaugay State Forest Trail Map, Chateaugay Area Map

Visited:
> 08/15/2009 (AdvGirl & Chinook)

Chateaugay State Forest is unique for hiking due to the pines and stone foundations throughout the trails.  As I’ve read, the area was once farmlands and these stone fences are remnants of that time.  All the trails are well marked, at least the numbered trails are.  The lettered trails are noted as currently not being maintained and on our initial visit, we didn’t hike any of them. In addition, some trails are referred to by names such as “The Turkey Trail”, “Keebler Trail”, “Elf Trail” and the “Old Hobbit Trail”.  I would suggest using the trail numbers as this is how they’re currently marked.

For the most part, the numbered trails are dry and easily hiked.  Trail #1, and especially Trail #2, had sections that were were muddy and in some places water had washed out the trail.  I suggest hiking boots if you intend to walk either of these two.  Our visit in August was pretty buggy when the trails left the pines so I’d also be prepared for that.

08-15-2009 Hike – We started at the trail head on Beecherville Road, went north on Trail #5, west on Trail #4 and north on Trail #1 until in intersected with Trail #2.  For the return loop we took Trail #2 southeast until the intersection of Beecherville Road and west to parking area.  The entire trip was 2.9 miles.

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 1 & 5 Intersection

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 1 & 5 Intersection

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 5

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 5

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 4 & 5 Intersection

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 4 & 5 Intersection

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 4 (East)

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 4 (East)

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 1 (Orwell Brook)

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 1 (Orwell Brook)

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 3

Chateaugay State Forest - Trail 3