Only twice a year! The Trenton Falls Scenic Trail is only opened twice a year. I missed it last year when it opened after two years of closure due to the pandemic. I was not going to miss it this year. As soon as the date was set for the Spring I added it to my calendar.
Saturday was supposed to be heavy rains (which barely arrived late in the afternoon) and Sunday was going to be nicer. In the morning, I wasn’t so confident I would be able to go as the clouds were hanging around and it was unexpectedly raining (barely, but still!).
Around 10:30am the day started to turn the corner toward being nice… so, I went to the the falls. I was hoping the early morning weather would keep the crowds lite (it did!). Very few people on the trails and at the overlook locations. I was able to get as many pictures as I wanted. The bonus was the overcast sky definitely helped with exposing the water correctly as I wanted long exposures.
After the trail was fully explored I stopped downstream at my favorite location on the West Canada Creek. The area around Morgan’s Mill Dam was totally photogenic as the sun started to make an appearance.
Come along with me and see what used to be a tourist stop in Central New York back in the early 1800’s…
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It is that time of the year again! The Trenton Falls Scenic Trail was open this weekend. I know it is generally the same weekend each year but this year feels early. Last year there seemed to be more fall colors in the trees. Anyway, the pictures are pretty much the same… LOL. The views really cannot change much from year to year. Hopefully I am improving as a photographer and I’m able to present a better image each year. I’ll let you decide…
Sherman Falls Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.5s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200
Aqueduct Supports Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.8s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200
Lower High Falls Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1s, 40mm, f/16, ISO 200
Upper High Falls Olympus E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.5s, 32mm, f/16, ISO 200
Every year the trails along the gorge rim at Trenton Falls are open to the public for only two weekends. Typically once in the spring and then again in the fall. Every year I manage to miss the openings and my only chance to view and/or photograph the falls. This year the town of Trenton held an event on a Saturday in the middle of summer to educate people about the history of Trenton Falls. Luckily for me I had to take my daughter to a friends house close by the falls on the day of the event. Since I generally take the camera with me no matter were I go and had everything I needed to do some exploring.
Access to the falls is limited due to instability in the area and due to the fact it is privately owned. The one rim trail that is used during the open weekends allows viewing the various falls that make up Trenton Falls from limited outlooks. Just about every vantage point is from above. This really limits the photography. At least I can say I have finally been to the falls…