Falls on the West Branch of the Sacandaga River and Cold Brook Falls

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Distance (1-way): 5.00 miles

This is a 2.5 hike (one way) over uneven terrain to the West Branch Gorge, and should only be taken mid-summer when the water levels are low. These Falls on the West Brach cascade through a narrow gorge of the West Branch of the Sacandaga River that are over 400 feet tall in spots. From the trailhead, hike approximately .6 miles, where the path takes a left. Follow the path and cross Hamilton Lake Stream at 1.2 miles, which will be difficult in high water. Continue and cross Cold Brook at 1.8/1.9 miles, where you can see Cold Brook Falls upstream. Follow the river on the north bank until you see the first waterfalls (10-12 ft.) on the West Branch at approximately 2.5 miles. The second smaller falls (8 ft) is located several hundred yards up the river from the first, but cannot be seen due to the rough topography of the walls.

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