West of Scotia on NY 5, the Washout
Road/CR 51 will exit north. If you reach the bridge
over the Mohawk to Rotterdam Junction, you've gone too
far! Drive 1.6 miles on the Washout Road and take
a right on the Sanders Road/CR 38. In less than
1/4 mile, you will reach the parking lot for the Sanders
At the edge of the parking
lot, there is a kiosk with information on the Sanders Preserve,
complete with a sign-in sheet. To reach the waterfall, face
away from the road and walk into the clearing at the right rear
of the parking area. There is a sign indicating the "Sanders
Preserve Trail Head". Another sign states the rules of
At about 0.2 mile from the trailhead, there is a fairly
obvious trail that exits right. This leads to the
uppermost drops. From here, you can wander downstream and
find a number of small cascades that make up this
We found six. That is not to say that there aren't more.
There is more to this creek than we explored.
upper drop, which falls in two ledges, is in the first video.
Some of the drops are quite small, probably about two feet each.
Mid-way through this stretch is a very pretty little cascade of five or
six feet. That is featured in the second video. Slides connect each drop.
The water from Washout Creek empties into the Mohawk River
and the Hudson River before reaching the Atlantic Ocean in New
Last update: August 26, 2017