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Viola Falls

Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:09 pm
by George
After reading Russell Dunn's directions to these falls, I am convinced that he has never seen them. His simple directions, as part of a multi-falls hike along the Long Path, are to "follow this creek downstream for about 0.5 mile and you will reach Viola Falls, right at the junction of 2 small streams". To do this would be suicidal. I spent about an hour and a half probing into this ravine trying to find an approach to the cataract that would be safe to descend. I made approximately a quarter mile, and found these very nice upper falls, but I could not reach the main plunge. Even so, I probably went farther than I should have. I sent a photo using my cell phone in part to ensure there was a record of my last location. This is an extraordinary dangerous falls that should only be attempted from above by trained climbers with ropes. I believe that Dunn has done a terrible disservice to his readers with these directions.
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42 10' 13.14" N
74 3' 24.12" W

Re: Viola Falls

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 1:16 pm
by L_G_D
Never read closely Dunn's description of these, I'll have to look that up. I never went lower than the first drop on this set. That end of the ravine is much steeper, and without ropes & gear I don't think I'd want to try.

Re: Viola Falls

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:04 pm
by George
After studying the topos, I think this is do-able from Kaaterskill Creek up the ravine on the right hand side.

Re: Viola Falls

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 12:15 am
by Matt
Russell, does visit this site... maybe he can offer some insight

Also, did you happen to read the interview we did with him?

Re: Viola Falls

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 8:53 am
by George
The questions that should be answered are:

Can the main falls be accessed from above, or just the two upper ones?
Do you "hike" down the left or right side of the ravine?
How far along the Long Path from where the stream crosses the trail should you start down?

These details really should have been in the book.

My limited progress was made by going down the right hand side (facing downhill) about 50 yards from the crossing. The map in his book suggests the creek itself or a little to the left, which I found to be impassable.