Pathways to Frozen Waterfalls

Pathways to Frozen Waterfalls


Streams that fed swimming holes only months before have become icy fortresses, with intricate layers paused midcascade, sharp spikes dangling from rocks and sparkling like chandeliers. These six snowshoe and ski routes showcase some of the region's finest frozen formations.


6. Hemlock and Maple Falls | Millburn, N.J.

Follow the Lenape Trail past a campsite, shelter, and residential area. The trail emerges on Crest Drive, home of the rock, with a view of downtown Millburn. Continue on the Lenape Trail through open, grassy woods to Maple Falls Cascade, about 1 mile in, and Hemlock Falls, 1.5 miles farther on. Return via the River Trail; it's about 2.25 miles back to the parking lot.


5. Ashley Falls | Haines Falls, N.Y. 

Mary's Glen Trail offers a quick jaunt with a big payoff: the alluring, crystal castle-like cascade of Ashley Falls. Mary's Glen Trail ascends gradually and reaches the falls after 0.3 mile. Experienced snowshoers looking for a longer hike can take the Escarpment Trail over Newman's Ledge to North Point, then follow the Mary's Glen Trail back, saving Ashley Falls until the end of the trip.


4. Doane’s Falls | Royalston, Mass.

An ideal winter excursion, the Tully Lake Trail leads to a charming set of chutes called Doane's Falls. After a rest, continue around the lake until you arrive back where you began. If the lake is frozen, you can also head out to explore several islands and inlets.


3. Lye Brook Falls | Manchester, Vt.

At 125 feet, the icy chute of Lye Brook Falls is one of the higher in Vermont. Lye Brook Trail provides a fun, straightforward ski route into the falls. At the first trail junction, follow the small brown arrow onto a trail alongside the ravine. Keep left on the trail to reach the best view of the steep, jagged falls, where the ice hangs in sheets along the edges of the ravine.


2. Zealand Falls | White Mountain National Forest, N.H.

The popular summer hike is even more of an adventure in winter, as Zealand Road isn't plowed. Winter parking is located on the north side of U.S. Route 302, a quarter-mile east of the road. Follow Zealand Road 3.5 miles to the Zealand Trail. A right onto the Twinway leads you up a steep climb to Zealand Falls Hut and the falls. If you feel like an overnight, the hut serves as an access point for several day-trips, such as Thoreau Falls via the Ethan Pond Trail.


1. Jewell Falls | Portland, Maine

It's easily accessible from downtown Portland, is home to a variety of birds, and provides a direct route to the city's only natural waterfall. Park in the lot at 1601 Congress Street and walk a few hundred feet west to the trailhead, marked by a Portland Trails sign. A half-mile down the trail the route turns north, crosses a boardwalk through a marsh, and eventually climbs to the 30-foot Jewell Falls. From the falls, you can connect to other trails in the Portland Trails System or follow the same route back to your car.



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