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Deer Brook (NY)

2000 Jon Binder


Ratings (ratings explained)
Power: 3/10
Beauty: 7/10
Ease of Access: 6/10

Deer Brook has many small flumes, falls, and pools over its course down Snow Mountain.


A small falls on Deer Brook


All of the cascades on Deer Brook can be appreciated from the trail up the Deer Brook Gorge to Snow Mountain. The trail begins on NYS Route 73, in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks, just across the road from the start of the Mossy Cascade walk. This point is about 2 miles south of Keene Valley.

A gravel road leads from route 73 to some private homes. While it is possible to reach the upper portion of the gorge trail by walking along the road, it is best to turn to the right at the fork, and follow the narrow path along the steam, as this route allows you to see all the beautiful cascades on Deer Brook.


The walk through the gorge is steep and rocky, but well worth it, as each step brings a new little cascade. Be prepared to cross the brook six times, all without bridges. This is no problem in low water. When the trail ends at a junction after about a half an hour (3/4 mile) walk without stopping, turn right and continue a couple of minutes to a bridge. Here a side trail turns left to a bigger waterfall on Deer Brook that would be a lot nicer if several trees hadn't fallen on it. Overall, though, Deer Brook offers very nice cascades, without the drama of a big falls.

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