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.
||N 44o 5' 59"
||W 73o 49' 14"
||Off NY 73 near the hamlet of St. Huberts
|Length of hike:
||About 4.2 miles, one way
||Access by easement
Please refer to our page for the general information on
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
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
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