This chapter describes four waterfalls fed by two mountain streams that drain waters from Mount Adams and Mountain Madison. Gordon Fall is the first stop on the 2.6 mile loop. A fanning 18-foot low-angle cascade, Gordon Fall is a well-shaded treat just downstream from where the Maple Walk meets Snyder Brook. There are several shallow pools for wading here.
The next waterfall of your journey is Salroc Falls, a two-part waterfall. Lower Salroc Falls consists of many small cascades, a long slide, and, finally, a short plunge into a large, cold and clear pool. Upper Salroc Falls is a few feet upstream. Here, Snyder Brook horsetails down moss-covered rocks and then slides down into a calm pool. Be sure to rock-hop across the brook to the table rock in front of the falls for the best view of the falls and the greatest chance for a fine photograph.
Tama Falls, the third waterfall of the trip, is just upstream from Salroc Falls. The final fall on Snyder Brook to be described here, Tama Falls is a 40-foot tall combination of a block and a set of steep cascades. The view from the trail is not sufficient for this waterfall. Be sure to follow one of several paths down the riverbank to the brook. From here, you witness a much more visually appealing waterfall, and as an added bonus, very often you can find yourself hidden from the crowded trail above.
Cold Brook Falls marks the last stop of the hike, yet is the first and only waterfall of Cold Brook on this trip. Cold Brook crashes down a wide terraced wall 30 feet tall into a dark pool. Although there are several modest swimming holes at the other falls of this trip, swimming is prohibited at Cold Brook Falls, as the water is Randolph?s water supply.
In addition to Gordon, Salroc, Tama, and Cold Brook Falls, over half of a dozen other waterfalls can be found further up the trails that travel parallel to Cold Brook and Snyder Brook on the way to Mount Madison and Mount Adams. Although these are not described in this guide, many of these falls are quite impressive and provide excellent challenges for experienced hikers. For those interested, this route is described more comprehensively in Bolnick?s Waterfalls of the White Mountains. Waterfalls to be found higher on the mountainside include Canyon Fall, Duck Fall, Chandler Fall, Marian Fall, Spur Brook Fall, Mossy Fall, Salmacis Fall and Thornike Fall. Some of these are lost waterfalls in that they are seldom visited and currently require bushwhacks of varying degrees of difficulty.
Trail information for this particular waterfall is not posted online. Please see trail information in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls.
Directions for this particular waterfall are not posted online. Please see directions in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls.
SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:
The trails used to visit the four waterfalls of Appalachia are located in one of the most complex and confusing trail networks we have found in our travels. For this reason, we urge you to purchase the AMC White Mountain Guide (28th edition), which contains an excellent trail map for this area.