Northern New York Waterfalls 

Fairy Ladder Falls, within the Adirondack Mountain Reserve


Located on NYS Route 73, this site is just south of the hamlet of Saint Huberts, which is on the stretch between the village of Keene Valley and the northern intersection of routes 73 and 9.  Look for the signs for the Giant Mountain Wilderness Area.  The parking area for AMR is directly across the road.

County: Essex
Town: Keene
USGS Map: Mt Marcy
Waterway: Gill Brook
Latitude: N 44o 5' 59"
Longitude: W 73o 49' 14"
Drop: 90'
Type: Ribbon cascade
Region: Off NY 73 near the hamlet of St. Huberts
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt/rock
Length of hike: About 4.2 miles, one way
Difficulty: Moderate
Accessibility: Access by easement
Name: Official

Keene Quadrangle

Please refer to our page for the general information on The Adirondack Mountain Reserve.  This waterfall is located within that facility.  This area contains four officially named waterfalls, two others that are commonly named and many other unnamed cascades.

From the guard shack at the AMR, take the Lake Road until reaching the Gill Brook Trail.  From there, it is about a 2.3 mile hike up the trail and then a 0.2 mile bushwhack

It is said that, of all of the Adirondack waterfalls, this one is the highest above sea level.  It is the only waterfall in this area that we have not yet been to.  According to Tony Goodwin, Executive Director of the ATIS, "Fairy Ladder Falls was named by Verplanck Colvin and is best seen at high water.  It is a stiff hike and a very thick bushwhack to get to the base of the falls, although hikers can get glimpses of the falls from the marked trail - again at high water." 

All of our photos have been contributor submitted.  Our thanks to Robin Salvatore and John Holmes for that.  The last photo in the array contains a hiker to show the size of this waterfall.

The Gill Brook empties into the East Branch of the Ausable River not far downstream from here.  The east branch joins forces with the west branch at Au Sable Forks to form the Ausable River, which empties into Lake Champlain in the town of Peru.

Last update:  May 25, 2016

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