Adirondack Forum  
Rules Membership Donations and Online Store Adkhighpeaks Foundation ADKhighpeaks Forums ADKhighpeaks Wiki Disclaimer

Go Back   Adirondack Forum > The Adirondack Forum > Trip Reports
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-16-2019, 07:35 PM   #1
Tick Magnet
Member
 
Tick Magnet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ballston Lake, NY
Posts: 1,123
Square Falls, SPWA, 16 Jan, 2019

For our first ADK hike of 2019, Tredhed and I decided to revisit Square Falls on the East Branch of the Sacandaga River in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area. We last visited this neat destination way back in the late summer of 2013, http://www.adkforum.com/showthread.php?t=19167

We weren't really sure what the snow conditions would be like this morning, so we slapped on the snowshoes after we arrived on the Rt. 8 parking area. A loose granular base under a couple inches of powder were perfect for an enjoyable one mile snowshoe hike to this great destination.

A few flurries greeted us as we turned onto the unmarked path. (Actually, a driveway to a nice car camping site about 100 yds from the large parking area).



Just past the car camping site, the path narrows as it drops down to cross Martha Brook.



Once across Martha Brook, we entered the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area and climbed slightly along the banks of the East Branch of the Sacandaga River.



Navigation was fairly easy as all we had to do was follow the coyote tracks down the middle of the path.



Within a few minutes, we arrived at the cable crossing site. Both cables were still attached, but we decided not to test their tensile strength on this occasion.



The path changed its character once we got past the cable crossing. It undulated over uneven terrain, past ledges, ice falls and large erratics.



After several short, but steep pitches, we were walking on the top of the gorge. The East Branch tumbled through the rocks and ice some 70 feet below us. I thought the pea soup green color of the ice was interesting.



A steep downhill over sketchy snow/ice conditions brought us close to the river in a beautiful hemlock grove.



A hundred yards later, we passed a very secluded designated campsite complete with moose tracks.



Just past the campsite, we came to the falls. While they were iced over, they did provide a great place to enjoy some hot chocolate as we took in some nice views of the river.





When it was time to head back, I decided to take off my snowshoes and put on micro-spikes. The short, steep sections of the path were a lot easier for me in spikes today. Tredhed kept his snowshoes on and didn't have any problems.

Soon enough, we recrossed Martha Brook and made it back to the Tredhead mobile. A quick stop at George Henry's in Warrensburg for a pint of Fiddlehead was a good reward for a short, but enjoyable day in the woods.
__________________
Tick Magnet
Tick Magnet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2019, 10:14 PM   #2
dundee
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,589
Good TR! I've been there twice, both in the warmer months; it's a special place.
dundee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2019, 06:56 AM   #3
Justin
Moving along
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 6,383
Nice. I didnít know there was a designated campsite there...
I see another winter campout in my future.
Justin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2019, 07:32 AM   #4
Tick Magnet
Member
 
Tick Magnet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ballston Lake, NY
Posts: 1,123
Quote:
Originally Posted by Justin View Post
Nice. I didnít know there was a designated campsite there...
I see another winter campout in my future.
The campsite would need some capital improvements. What you see is what you get. We didn't even see a fire ring poking through the snow.

It would be a great base camp to explore the upper falls and some of the lower ledges on 11th Mt. The swimming hole below the falls is first rate. So I'm told.
__________________
Tick Magnet
Tick Magnet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-2019, 07:35 AM   #5
Tick Magnet
Member
 
Tick Magnet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ballston Lake, NY
Posts: 1,123
Quote:
Originally Posted by dundee View Post
Good TR! I've been there twice, both in the warmer months; it's a special place.
Thanks Dundee!

It's great to visit in the winter to get a different perspective. Those steep, icy hills caused me a little concern, but totally worth it.
__________________
Tick Magnet
Tick Magnet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2019, 11:03 AM   #6
debmonster
No Ramen Allowed
 
debmonster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 131
Nice report! Just looking at that cable crossing makes me a bit nervous. Have you used it before?
debmonster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2019, 11:59 AM   #7
dundee
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 1,589
Just in case TM doesn't get to reply quickly: the cable is used only to get to the other side, it is not necessary to get to or to see Square Falls. In summer it's an easy crossing just upstream a bit.
dundee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2019, 07:12 PM   #8
Tick Magnet
Member
 
Tick Magnet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ballston Lake, NY
Posts: 1,123
Thanks Dundee!

Debmonster, Dundee nailed it. The cable crossing is not necessary to reach the falls. The unmarked path accesses the falls without crossing the East Branch.

I suspect the cables were put there back in the day by people who used to hunt Square Falls Mt. The cables are old and rusty and have "bitten" into the hemlocks to which they are attached. They are also pretty high above the water and have a lot of sag in them. They might be fun for someone to try out in the summer. I wouldn't do it, but someone might.

__________________
Tick Magnet

Last edited by Tick Magnet; 01-23-2019 at 05:28 PM..
Tick Magnet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2019, 10:33 PM   #9
debmonster
No Ramen Allowed
 
debmonster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 131
Good to know; thanks, Dundee a TM!
debmonster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2019, 09:07 AM   #10
Schip
Member
 
Schip's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Edinburg, NY
Posts: 174
Thanks for another great trip report.:-)

Kathy
Schip is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2019, 07:00 PM   #11
Justin
Moving along
 
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 6,383
Speaking of the cable lines across the East Branch...
I remember about 30 years ago or so I went to that area with my father & a couple of his olí pals, and we crossed the river on a zip-line & harness. That was pretty fun for a 10-12 year old! These guys (dadís friends) were some sort of primitive survival school instructors, and they had built one of those little hidden brush shelters up on one the hills in that area a few years prior. It really was a pretty neat little set up, including two sleeping spaces & an inside fireplace with a chimney flue sticking out the top of the brush shelter. Eventually the camp was found and dismantled, but it sure brings back some happy memories.
Justin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2019, 10:37 AM   #12
debmonster
No Ramen Allowed
 
debmonster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 131
Quote:
Originally Posted by Justin View Post
Speaking of the cable lines across the East Branch...
I remember about 30 years ago or so I went to that area with my father & a couple of his olí pals, and we crossed the river on a zip-line & harness. That was pretty fun for a 10-12 year old! These guys (dadís friends) were some sort of primitive survival school instructors, and they had built one of those little hidden brush shelters up on one the hills in that area a few years prior. It really was a pretty neat little set up, including two sleeping spaces & an inside fireplace with a chimney flue sticking out the top of the brush shelter. Eventually the camp was found and dismantled, but it sure brings back some happy memories.
Awesome!
debmonster is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:17 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

DISCLAIMER: Use of these forums, and information found herein, is at your own risk. Use of this site by members and non-members alike is only granted by the adkhighpeak.com administration provided the terms and conditions found in the FULL DISCLAIMER have been read. Continued use of this site implies that you have read, understood and agree to the terms and conditions of this site. Any questions can be directed to the Administrator of this site.