Ausable Chasm

Ausable Chasm, Adirondacks (6/14/2011)

This was the second of four wonderful hikes we did during a five-day stay in Lake George in the Adirondacks of New York State. We stayed at the Lake George Bed & Breakfast, a lovely B&B just a block north of the lake. Hostess Marilyn (the sweetest hostess ever) made scrumptious breakfasts for her guests every day. It was terrific.

Today we drove 90 minutes north to Keeseville, New York (near Lake Champlain) to visit the magnificent sandstone gorge known as Ausable Chasm. It's apparently the oldest privately-owned attraction in New York state and it's a gem. We first walked the 2-mile length of the gorge on a self-guided tour and then (after veggie burgers and fries at the visitor's center), paid the extra $10 each to take a 1-mile private tour in the gorge, led by our trusty, very knowledgeable and very friendly guide Sean. That was the highlight, especially since we got to wear brightly-colored hard hats. :)

Total distance travelled today was 3 miles in about 3 hours (stopping every 10 seconds to snap another photo).

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Visitor's center

First glimpse of waterfall

Ripple marks

Bridge ruins from 1996 flood

Dan at Pulpit Rock [photo by Laura]

Elephant Head ...

... and with informational sign

Route 9 bridge


Rt. 9 bridge built in 1932

Ausable Chasm from Route 9

Zoom to Rainbow Falls


Today was Flag Day

View from beyond bridge


Boardwalks bring you to views

Rt. 9 bridge and rapids

Heading north along ridge


[Photo by Laura]


Bridge damaged in 1996 flood

What's this?


Tiny wildflower in the rock

Can you see Laura?

Bird in chasm

Try crossing that

Remnant of earlier bridge

Gorgeous natural carvings


Lookout Point

Pigeons above the rapids


Curious pigeon

Gorgeous ...

... greens

Rafter waiting for customers

Laura contemplating raft ride


Gorgeous butterfly

Abandoned lever mechanism

Tranquil area north

Movies that were shot here

Here comes a raft


Zoom in on raft below

Chasm trolley

Laura and the trolley driver

Back at the damn near Rainbow Falls

View of hydroelectric plant

Sean begins our tour

Markings in stone

In the chasm

Heading to Elephant Head

Our guide Sean

D & L at Elephant Head [photo by Sean]

Laura at Elephant Head

Continuing south

Climbing abandoned stairs

Devil's Oven

Heading to ...

... Devi's ...

... Oven ...

... Cave

Inside the cave

Looking out from the cave

Heading back down

At Devil's Oven

Heading to Route 9 bridge

Continuing south to ...

... hydroelectric plant

Sean near the falls

D & L at Rainbow Falls [photo by Sean]

Heading back

Climbing 150 ladder steps

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