Mossy Cascade

Adirondacks, New York

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  • Parking for the trail is at the roadside.- Mossy Cascade
  • Milkweed near the parking area.- Mossy Cascade
  • The beginning of the trail is flanked by a variety of flora.- Mossy Cascade
  • Crossing Crystal Brook to start the journey.- Mossy Cascade
  • The trail leads uphill during the first half of the hike.- Mossy Cascade
  • The hike becomes more level and open after crossing the private road.- Mossy Cascade
  • Mossy Cascade Brook rises from the shoulder of Hopkins Mountain and flows down to join the East Branch Ausable River.- Mossy Cascade
  • The trail follows Mossy Cascade Brook for the second half of the hike.- Mossy Cascade
  • This pile of debris illustrates the force this quiet little brook can possess during high water flow.- Mossy Cascade
  • Moss-covered trees and rocks that inspired the name "Mossy Cascade Brook."- Mossy Cascade
  • The junction where the trail splits to either the waterfall or up the mountain.- Mossy Cascade
  • The trail has been washed out over the years, turning the hike into a rock-hop.- Mossy Cascade
  • Once again, the moss creates a picturesque landscape.- Mossy Cascade
  • Debris and washout near the falls. Years ago hurricane remnants devastated the area.- Mossy Cascade
  • To get to the base of the falls, hikers must scramble up this 6-foot cascade.- Mossy Cascade
  • The journey continues to the left where hikers have to scale the rock to reach the destination.- Mossy Cascade
  • Mossy Cascade Falls.- Mossy Cascade
  • A hiker sits by the base of Mossy Cascade Falls.- Mossy Cascade
  • Head-on view of Mossy Cascade Falls. Notice how the rock curves slightly near the top.- Mossy Cascade
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Pros: 
Scenic waterfall. Solitude. Beautiful surroundings.
Cons: 
None.
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Alerts: 
The last section of trail that follows the brook has been washed out. Hikers will have to rock-hop/scramble the remaining 30 yards, then climb a small, 6-foot waterfall to view the falls from base. The falls can also be viewed from above by continuing up Hopkins Mountain Trail.
Region:
Adirondacks, NY
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
276.00 ft (84.12 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Total Distance: 
1.70 mi (2.74 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,066.00 ft (324.92 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Mossy Cascade Brook rises on the shoulder of Hopkins Mountain in the Town of Keene, New York, and is home to 40-foot Mossy Cascade Falls. As the name suggests, Mossy Cascade Falls forms in a narrow gorge with moss-covered rocks and downed trees.

At 1.7 miles, the trail is relatively easy until it reaches the junction with the brook off the Hopkins Mountain Trail. The trail that followed the brook has been completely washed out. A rock-hop and scramble over the final 75 yards is necessary to reach the base of the falls.

Parking for the trail is located at roadside of Route 73, where there is a pull-off that can accommodate six or seven vehicles. The trail starts by crossing Crystal Brook, where you'll see a variety of wildflowers, and heads steadily uphill as it parallels the East Branch Ausable River. Hikers will come to a private road, which must be crossed to continue the trail. From this point the trail takes a more level approach following Mossy Cascade Brook.

The trail will lead hikers through the forest, where a variety of tree species including hemlock, yellow birch and fir will be seen. Along the brook, downed trees blanketed with moss crisscross the waterway.

As you come to the junction of trails for Mossy Cascade and Hopkins Mountain, the trail will lead steeply uphill to the mountain or to the left where the trail has been washed out. Extreme care must be used while navigating the brook due downed trees, debris from washouts and loose soil on each side of the glen’s slopes. A small 6-foot waterfall must also be scaled to reach the destination.

Hikers who do not wish to travel the gorge can catch a view of the falls from above by following the Hopkins Mountain Trail and going off-trail to the rim of the gorge.

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