Sunday, September 02, 2012

Excerpt from "A Few Summer Days in the Adirondacks: A Natural History of the Adirondack Park"

Early June

Johns Brook, Keene Valley
GPS: 44°11'23"N 73°47'57"W
Elevation: 1200 feet

Originating on the eastern slope of Mt Marcy, the Adirondack Mountain's highest peak, John's Brook drains the valley between Tabletop Mountain to the north and a string of high peaks to the south, including Sawteeth, Gothics, and the Wolf Jaw peaks. At lower elevations in Keene Valley, the clear, cold water of John’s Brook cascades over rounded boulders of light-colored Granite (?) in the shade of tall maples, pines and hemlock before flattening out and joining with the East Branch of the Ausable River.

Roaring Brook Falls

The flow of water is greatly diminished at Roaring Brook Falls compared to the conditions during spring run-off, but still impressive as cold melt water cascades 1,000 feet and drops another 1,000 feet down through rock-strewn, spruce, birch and pine covered slopes to the point it crosses Route 73 in Saint Huberts.

At lower elevations (1000-2000 ft) lilacs are in bloom, leaves on the trees freshly full, some trees are still setting leaves – birches

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