Thanks to a friend (Joanne Jones), I was made aware of an article entitled "Mount Willard Ramblings" written by Henry E. Childs which was published in the December 1945 edition of Appalachia (America’s oldest mountaineering and conservation journal, published continuously since 1876). Contained within this article is a description of a cascade located near Mt. Willard. The author dubbed it as "New Cascade".
Following an earlier failed attempt, I was finally able to locate "New Cascade". It's situated in a deep gorge about 0.3 mile SSW of Mt. Willard, and it sits at an elevation of about 2,350 ft. The cascade is fed by an unnamed tributary to Willey Brook. In Childs' article (shown below), he proposed that this tributary be named Willard Brook.
I launched my bushwhack to "New Cascade" from a roadside pull off on the west side of Rt. 302, (just a bit south of the parking area for Silver Cascade). It's only about 0.4 mile from the road to the cascade. However, there is an elevation gain of nearly 850 ft. over this short distance. Yes, it's a very steep climb! But, on the plus side, there was generally good footing and open hardwoods when bushwhacking near the rim of the gorge on its north side.
|Excerpt from article written Henry E. Childs in the December 1945 edition of Appalachia|
(Click HERE to read more about the "Willard dwelling on the railroad" that is mentioned in the above excerpt.)
|One of several sections of pipe found near "New Cascade", as is mentioned in the excerpt from Henry E. Childs' article shown above.|
|This snapshot shows the pool at the bottom of "New Cascade" that is mentioned in the article written Henry E. Childs. The old piping led directly to this pool!|
|At the base of one of the cascades is this view looking southward down the Crawford Notch. This vista was just as rewarding to me as the discovery of "New Cascade"!|
At the beginning of this blog posting, I mentioned a prior attempt at finding "New Cascade" which ended in failure. On that endeavor, I hiked along Willey Brook for a short distance and then branched off to the unnamed tributary where I was able to travel for some distance along a narrow and gnarly shelf at the base of a cliff. However, the shelf eventually faded away. Then there was nothing left but a very steep climb up the brook bed which consisted of a jumble of broken and slippery rock.
I abandoned the attempt since it was felt to be unsafe. Also, it seemed like an impractical routing to run piping up to "New Cascade". However, I must quickly add that some random segments of old pipe were found near the confluence of the unnamed tributary and Willey Brook. As to why it was there, it's anyone's guess. Maybe water was piped from more than one source? Or, maybe the pipe washed downstream from "New Cascade"?
|Looking down the narrow and gnarly shelf at the base of a cliff|
|Looking down the jumble of broken and slippery rock that was encountered after the narrow and gnarly shelf faded away|
To sum it up, this was a fun adventure and a rare opportunity to re-discover a forgotten landscape feature that was dubbed as "New Cascade" by Henry Childs back in 1945.