Ok, one of the problems with New England photography is that even the most famous locations can be difficult to find. To a degree
|NOT the real Pulpit Falls|
seemed to match most of the descriptions that I had found on the web, but I still had questions. The falls seemed smaller than I expected and they were too close to the road. Some explorers, like Kris of Wicked Dark Photography, described a deep gorge leading to the falls and that didn’t in any way match what I had found. Thank goodness I titled my article “Finding Pulpit Falls, Possibly”, because, as I discovered last weekend, I wasn’t even close. In retrospect, my final conclusion in the article was appropriate, “… until I can get back to explore when the snow has cleared, all I can say is that I was sure I had found the right starting point and I may have found Pulpit Falls”.
|Pulpit's First Drop|
Since my last visit I had been haunted by the suspicion that Pulpit Falls lay deeper within the forest. After a substantial rain last Saturday, I decided that it was a good time to take another stab at finding the falls. I parked in the same pull over on Route 10 and Nellie and I followed the short trail down to Pauchaug Brook. The walking was much easier without the two feet of snow that faced us the first time. All the descriptions describe following the brook upstream to the falls, but the problem is that the stream splits. I had previously followed the left branch, which was by far the strongest, but I never found any major waterfalls. This time I decided to follow the weaker channel which headed southwest into the center of the forest. The bushwhacking was not difficult, but I became increasingly depressed as the brook faded to a trickle.
“How could this possibly become a ragging cascade”. I was close to giving up when I heard the distant sound of falling water. An essential rule of waterfall questing is to follow the sound of the water. Keeping the sound to my front I climbed over a small ridge and down into a lovely forest valley. As the faint rush became a thunderous roar I finally discovered Pulpit Falls plummeting from the gentle valley floor into a steep gorge. Some of the descriptions of Pulpit Falls talked about a unimpressive show, but, at least with the nice spring run-off, it was quite spectacular.
The falls descends in two drops. The first is an unobstructed plummet alongside interesting layered rock formations. I only
|Pulpit Falls, Definitely!|
A surprising turn happened when I began to explore the gentle cascades above the falls on Houghton Brook. Nellie first notice someone setting up to shoot at the top of the falls. It turned out to
|Houghton Brook Meanders|
Now that I have finally found Pulpit it is time to seek out other elusive waterfalls in my region. Next on the list is Fay Falls in Walpole. I have already be there once and found some lovely cascades. Perhaps with two or three more visits I will actually find the waterfall!
Fantastic! I will definitely link to this article from the one I wrote last year. I really like your compositions, too. Those other falls may elude us for a time, but we will get them eventually!ReplyDelete
Thanks Kris. Amazing coincidence meeting you at Pulpit Falls. Great time exploring Fox Forest today.Delete
What a great find! I will have to get down there and wander about. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Great information Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
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Yesterday we took a little walk and found Pulpit Falls. I did not know that these falls existed until I heard about the proposal to run a gas pipeline nearby and then I started looking for directions to the falls on the web. It seems that more than one person has published a difficult route to find the "Elusive Pulpit Falls" when it is extremely easy to find them. Until today, I did not find this write up and only because my Chrome Book was acting up so I fired up my Mac Book Pro and lo and behold, a good write up with accurate directions and great pics, thank you Jeff. It took us all of ten minutes to walk to the falls from the pull-off parking area on Rt. 10 that most have mentioned on the web. We descended the Jeep road and as soon as we crossed the first brook that we came to, we turned left and followed it upstream like everyone else. Two minutes later, we saw a dry gulch on the right and followed it for another three minutes and heard the sound of the falls just ahead. The falls are running steadily with cold, clear water and there were several bathers present. It really is a very beautiful gorge and should not be disturbed with any kind of construction IMO. For all of you who haven't found it yet, there are now blue blazes on some of the trees marking the way.ReplyDelete