Rainbow Falls - Adirondacks - NY Travel Blog› entry 815 of 1090 › view all entries
Although the Adirondacks offer much more than just hiking possibilities. Hiking is one of the key activities in the area. So, hiking it was! After a nice breakfast we headed back the way we came yesterday to the hamlet of St. Huberts, to the lands of the Ausable Club. The Ausable Club is the society that owns and manages the Adirondack Mountain Reserve, a large strip of land around the Ausable River. The club was founded in 1887 to protect a large slab of land from the ever growing lumber companies. Today it is still a club for hiking, but also golfing and other outdoors activities.
New York State has negotiated that hikers have the right of way on the hiking trails on their lands, providing the hikers follow the club rules. A logical thing if you are the guest. These rules are clearly stated in both English and French on a huge sign at the parking lot and are later on repeated at the trail head where one has to sign in.
It took us a while to find the trail head, which is about 1.25 km (0.75 miles) away from the hikers' parking lot. We passed the beautiful Club House "The Beede House" a grand hotel from the 1800. It gave us an idea of what the Catskill Mountain House must have looked like.
The 16-km (10-mile) hike was a relaxed one. It gradually climbed along the beautifful Ausable River which streams violently at some points. Along the way we saw several waterfalls. Strange enough, the higher we got, the more marshland-like the trail got.
The goal of the hike was Rainbow Falls a 45-meter (150-ft) waterfall which plunges into a narrow canyon. Very spectacular and worthwhile the hike. We returned to the car via the other side of the river. Although the height difference of the hike was only 237 meters (777 ft), the total climb added up to 537 meters (1762 ft).
More pictures below.