This is one of the Best waterfalls in the Northeast

 Magnitude:

42

 Abs Mag:

56

 Beisel Rating:

1.28 (Class 2)

 Height:

80 feet

 Tallest Drop:

60 feet

 # of Drops:

2

 Type:

tiered

 Stream:

Cutler River

 Latitude:

44.2609

 Longitude:

71.2573

 Maps:

USGS Mount Washington 7 1/2"

 

Aerial Photography

 Delormes:

44 B7

 

 

The falls from the overlook, click to enlarge

The falls from the edge of the gorge, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

A postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive (2nd from right), click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive (2nd from right), click to enlarge

 

 

Pinkhams Grant , Coos County, NH , USA

 

No Known Alternate Names

 

 

An old postcard image from the archive (2nd from right)

 

Details:

The first time I went to Crystal Cascade, I got off to a 4:30 AM start, hit Thompson Falls at sunup, then drove to the parking lot near Crystal Cascade. To my dismay, I found hundreds of hikers swarming around in the parking lot. A bunch of Tuckerman day-hikers. Too much of a crowd makes me break out. I passed, and went to Glen Ellis Falls instead. A few years later, I went back. And I'm very happy I did. This is a great waterfall, easy access, great overlook, great experience. You climb some rock steps, walk out onto a solidly constructed observation platform and look across the gorge to see the Cutler River leap over a 60' fan-type waterfall, then surge over a 20' plunge nto a narrow gorge below.

 

Geology and Bedrock Structure:

This is an unusual formation, A volcanic vent Metadiabase with Boott Member Schist below.

 

History:

 

Photography Notes:

Late afternoon or early morning will both have favorable light conditions, but late afternoon is far more desireable. In the morning, you'll have to compete for space with all of the Tuckermans hikers. This waterfall is an excellent slow shutter study. Your tripod will be needed here. Your warming filter and you polarizer should be with you too. A fairly wide angle lens will help fit the falls in the frame, 28-80mm should be sufficient.

 

Directions:

The falls are about 3/10 of a mile up the Tuckermans Ravine Trail. Park at the AMC Pinkhams Notch lot, and follow the trail up, you can't miss it.