This hike was from May 19, but I don't want to skip telling you about it. The day before Marie and I started our Finger Lakes Trail hike I spent a day with my friend Elaine. She loves Buttermilk Falls in Ithaca. She doesn't get to go there very often and I was happy to do the walk with her. This trail is just a half mile. Three years ago, Elaine could hardly walk a quarter mile. That hike was Green on Green. But she's been working on getting stronger, and this was all downhill, but with quite a few steps. Here we go.
That gave you a little perspective of how the gorge is carved into the shale cliffs. It's shallower near the top.
As you descend there are dozens of formations, curves, and little falls.
As we descend, the walls become higher. Here's another long shot where you can see that happening.
I've included this one because it is taken from the top of the main portion of Buttermilk Falls. The long view shows the swimming area at the bottom of the falls. The hill in the distance is what is known as West Hill in Ithaca. For views looking up at the main falls from the bottom see Buttermilk Falls
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