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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Buttermilk Falls Gorge Trail

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.

Buttermilk Falls Gorge Trail

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.

Buttermilk Falls Gorge Trail

Buttermilk Falls Gorge Trail
Some of the falls are tiny like those, but then the gorge will open up into ones that are a bit larger.

Buttermilk Falls Gorge Trail

As we descend, the walls become higher. Here's another long shot where you can see that happening.

Buttermilk Falls Gorge Trail
One really interesting place is where this pinnacle remains after the rock has been washed away on both sides of it.

Buttermilk Falls Gorge Trail

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

Buttermilk Falls Gorge Trail
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Ratty said...

Waterfalls are some of my favorite things. Pictures like these are the closest I'll probably ever get to any.

Duxbury Ramblers said...

Looks a fantastic walk, love waterfalls & rivers they lead to some magical looking places.

Secondary Roads said...

Oh how interesting! A great hike.

Ann said...

I would love to hike there. I love the looks of it especially with all those water falls

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi, I'm hear since my friend, Ann (above), wrote and told me about your blog post. Hubby and I are retired and we LOVE visiting waterfalls. We've seen about 600+ waterfalls since 2001---but not many in NY... We need to get up your way sometime...Have you done any hiking in the Smoky Mtns???? Great hiking and terrific waterfalls!!!

Thanks for the info on Buttermilk Falls.. I'll add it to my long list...


Sharkbytes said...

Ratty- NO waterfalls in Iowa?

Carol- I didn't really appreciate the fact that there were so many where I grew up until I moved away.

Chuck- One of the many beautiful places near there.

Ann- you would probably come away with a hundred ideas

Hi Betsy- Glad you came over. I don't live in NY any more, but there are lots! There are also tons in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

RNSANE said...

What an incredibly beautiful setting. I can see why it's a favorite walk. Even I would want to try it.

vanilla said...

Pretty little gorge. A truly scenic area presented here very nicely indeed!

Unknown said...

What a wonderful and inspiring place. Hope your friend managed getting back up again.

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