Lucifer Falls

Ithaca / Tompkins County, New York, USA

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 2
Lucifer Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Lucifer Falls is perhaps the feature attraction of Robert H. Treman State Park. While the 115ft high cascade made for a worthwhile sight, I thought the Enfield Glen (the gorge we walked through to get to the falls) was just as impressive. It almost felt as if we were hiking through scenery that canyoneers earn when they descend into the slot canyons in the deserts of the American Southwest except we were in New York on an easy walk! As a matter of fact, we happened to be here when people from a well-dressed wedding party also managed to reach the falls (just to give you an idea of how easy the walk was).

The gorge in which this falls was a part of looked to be composed of shale instead of sandstone. I'm sure we could have done the longer 3-hour (5.3-mile) loop hike along both the Gorge and Rim Trails that would've helped us appreciate the geology better as well as give us different views of Lucifer Falls. I believe this trail would've also included the pretty Lower Falls (or Enfield Falls).

In any case, even though it was cooler in the glen, perhaps the heat and humidity of the Summer enticed us to go the lazy route and instead to do the easier and shorter walk from a car park at the head of the gorge down to Lucifer Falls itself. I didn't keep track, but I'm pretty certain the walk we did was about a mile or less round trip.

The walk started from the upper parking area near an Old Mill, which was a very popular car park, it seemed. The walk from here immediately descended into the scenic narrow gorge and past some picturesque smaller cascades on the way to Lucifer Falls. We also noticed interesting football-looking pods by the falls. It was almost as if someone with tremendous accuracy managed to chuck footballs on the other side of the falls. I'm still not sure what exactly those things were or how they got there.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

The Enfield Gorge, which was easily experienced along the developed walkway leading down to Lucifer FallsThe Enfield Gorge, which was easily experienced along the developed walkway leading down to Lucifer Falls
A small cascade seen en route to Lucifer FallsA small cascade seen en route to Lucifer Falls
Julie checks out Lucifer FallsJulie checks out Lucifer Falls
The Old MillThe Old Mill

Going deeper into Enfield GlenGoing deeper into Enfield Glen

Looking up ahead at Julie crossing a bridgeLooking up ahead at Julie crossing a bridge

Further in the Enfield GlenFurther in the Enfield Glen

Triple cascades in the scenic Enfield GlenTriple cascades in the scenic Enfield Glen

Looking back at the stairs we just took above a small but pretty cascadeLooking back at the stairs we just took above a small but pretty cascade

Direct view of that pretty cascadeDirect view of that pretty cascade

The context of Lucifer FallsThe context of Lucifer Falls

The footballs on the other side of the fallsThe "footballs" on the other side of the falls

Going back to that pretty cascade on the way back to the car parkGoing back to that pretty cascade on the way back to the car park


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


One of the cascades seen upstream from the main Lucifer Falls


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Ithaca, we headed south on Hwy 13 for a few miles and then turned right onto the Hwy 327 turnoff. We then followed Hwy 327 for a little over 2.5 miles (it becomes Enfield Falls Rd) where we turned left onto a park road that dead-ends near an Old Mill (and also near some buildings where a wedding was held when we were there).

For geographical context, Ithaca was about 156 miles (under 3 hours drive) east of Buffalo, 167 miles (3 hours drive) west of Albany, or 233 miles (4.5 hours drive) northwest of New York City.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES





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Lucifer Falls from south overlook Fall 2012 
Lucifer is possibly my favorite falls. Hiked around falls with my sister (ages 57 and 75). Low-traffic weekday. Beautiful fall day. Down north trail from …

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