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Old 09-15-2019, 09:55 AM   #1
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Cold River Cable Car Crossing

The paddling guide Adirondack Canoe Waters: North Flow mentions that while paddling the Cold River Canyon below Duck Hole, the remains of a cable car crossing can be spotted along the river. Has anyone here ever found these remains? Even better: Does anyone have a GPS point, or at least a general sense of where they might be located?

In looking through old topo maps, the only evidence I can find of a trail ever having crossed the river here shows up on the 1904 USGS map for the area.

Of course, that particular paddling guide was originally published in the 70s- and I can't imagine that the Cold River is a stretch that was re-paddled prior to each new edition. So what was once easy to find back then could very well be permanently lost to history by now.
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Old 09-15-2019, 03:35 PM   #2
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Interesting. I have the '75 edition and there's no mention of this. I guess you have an earlier one?

I saw nothing on the NP in several visits and nothing from the horse trail in one visit. However, I did run across the remains of a "camp" not too far south of the horse trail ford of CR near Duck Hole. The camp appears to have been burned, but had quite a few folding metal chairs, the kind you'd find at a family gathering or a cheap wedding reception.

There's also rumor of a Barringer Brake somewhere in Ouluska Pass. I know of some folks who have gone looking for it, but AFAIK, it hasn't been found.

The CR seems to have many secrets, who knows how many are fact.
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Old 09-16-2019, 05:25 AM   #3
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Years ago I came up on the remains of what I thought was towers on the side of the river below the canyon. I've been back there a few times an haven't been able to find them, It I recall it was above the Northern leantos.
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Sharpe Swan has definitely found the Barringer brake up on, I believe, the south ridge of Seymour. As for the cable crossing, perhaps the rush of water when the Duck Hole dam breached in 2011 washed the towers away.
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