© 2000 Jon Binder
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Ease of Access: 7/10
The Gill Brook Flume is located in the Adirondack Mountain Reserve, in the Adirondack State Park, New York. It is in the same area as Beaver Meadow Falls and Rainbow Falls and is reached by a 2 mile walk.
Gill Brook above the Flume
Gill Brook Flume in high water
Gill Brook Flume in moderate water (1)
Gill Brook Flume in moderate water (2)
Gill Brook Flume in moderate water (close-up)
Begin your walk to the Gill Brook Flume as you would begin your hike to Rainbow Falls or Beaver Meadow Falls:
Take NY 9/73 for 2.4 miles from Northway (I-87) exit 30. Continue through the "Spaghetti Intersection" North on NY 73 towards Lake Placid. 5.6 miles north of this intersecton, turn left at the gravel road of the Ausable Club (0.5 miles further along NY 73 is main access road for the Ausable Club). The public parking area is found here. Walk along the gravel road to the inn, take a left, pass between two tennis courts, and arive, in about 15 minutes, at the gatehouse.
Continue straight along the road for about 2 miles, about 35 minutes. Take a left at the side trail marked "Flume" and follow it until the Gill Brook Flume.
The Flume is small, but beautiful. Although so easily accessible, it feels remote and seldom visited. The whole place feels subtle, but unique. To get a better appreciation of the entire scene, check out a few other shots of the flume. Keep in mind that all of these photos of the falls, especially the one at the top of the page, were taken in early Spring during periods of relatively high water flow. At times, Gill Brook can come close to drying up completely.
Other parts of Gill Brook are also beautiful, with many cascades and small falls. To see this area, which is upstream from the Flume, continue on the side trail past the Flume, until you again reach the road. Turn left and continue further up the road until you reach the Gill Brook trail on your left. The trail leads along the stream for a couple of miles, and provides some great views of its tumblings.
The Gill Brook Flume, as well as the upstream part of Gill Brook, is probably best appreciated as part of the "Waterfalls Hike".
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