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The Cataracts

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Height: 90'


Distance: 1.0 mi (RT)



Video: Nope

GPS and Map Details
Latitude:   44° 38.316' N
Longitude: 70° 51.654' W
Elevation:   ~1200 ft
Face:         ~10° (N)
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The Cataracts, Andover North Surplus, Maine


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The Cataracts with a faster shutter



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The Cataracts

Andover North Surplus, Oxford, Maine

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The Cataracts (8/4/2006, 21 mm, f/22, 1 sec, ISO 100)


I'm afraid I won't be of much help with this waterfall, at least with the upper portion.  I wasn't aware that this was a three-stage waterfall when I was there.  I stopped at the lower falls pictured above.  This is the major drop of the three, about 50 feet out of 90 feet total for the three.  It was an impressive sounding waterfall in a narrow gorge area.


The hike is not difficult and it's a beautiful area so I say just go.


For pictures and more information on the upper falls go to this waterfall page, a great website.



Getting There

Sign at trailhead to The CataractsTo be perfectly honest I remember having trouble finding E B Hill Rd - maybe because it was also called Andover Rd?? - not sure.  Anyway, technology is great.  I recommend you use the map below and get your own directions based on the route/direction you'll be traveling.  You can also use the GPS coordinates listed on the left for The Cataracts to put in your GPS unit if you have one.  That should get you close too.


Also, for reference the sign picture (click to enlarge) to the left is the location of the hiking trail as it takes off from the road.  There is a small pull-off nearby.





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Hike Details

The hike to The Cataracts is slightly up hill but not too strenuous.Hiking to The Cataracts  The distance to the lower falls, aka The Churn, (as far as I went) was about a quarter-mile or so.  The middle falls (known as The Cataract) are about 0.1 miles farther upstream and the upper falls (known as The Flume) is another 0.2 miles. ( middle and upper both unknown to me at the time, sadly)


You will be hiking on the northern slope of Little Baldpate Mtn and it is relatively easy to see this with the abundance of moss in the area.



Photo Tips

SSun exposure was an obvious problem on the lower falls and will be most days.  There is really no avoiding it here except to pray for clouds or arrive very early/late in the day.


You will need a good tripod to get long exposures.  I played around with faster shutter speeds as you can see by the last photo on the left.  It's a decent photo but I still prefer to blur my water - to each his own.



As always I recommend the use of a polarizer to cut down on reflections, expecially with all the granite in the state.


Composition - You are really limited by space.  Most pictures will be portrait.

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