Upper LaChute Falls // #ADK50FALLS Challenge // Ticonderoga, New York

May 8, 2020

Caravan Sonnet\Happy Friday friends! I hope that you had a wonderful week!

Today I am excited to share with y'all a bit more about the #ADK50falls challenge and specifically about the Upper LaChute Falls, a waterfall that we visited several weeks ago. We visited the Upper LaChute Falls after we had seen The Falls of Carillon (also located in Ticonderoga).

If you are doing the challenge then I would highly suggest planning to see both at the same time as they were located less than a couple of miles apart. If you aren't familiar with the #ADK50falls challenge, you can read about the places that I have been going as part of the challenge HERE (I started last year) or read about the entire challenge HERE.  

Simply put there are 50 waterfalls that you hike and visit (5 require proof with photo that you were there) to complete the challenge. For those of you who love hiking and being outdoors this can be a great suggestion during this time with the COVID restrictions of hiking certain mountain trails. It also can show you unique parts of the Adirondacks that you may have never discovered. I definitely have been feeling that with the waterfalls that we have visited and explored the last several weeks and look forward to sharing more!
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If you would like to know just basic facts about the falls please just scroll down to the bottom of the post where I will be sharing basic information to help those who want to know more specifics about each of the falls in the challenge.
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Similar to The Falls of Carillon, the Upper LaChute Falls are part of the LaChute River. As I shared in my post about The Falls of Carillon, the river hosts several different waterfalls that drop over 230 feet in the course of the river. It is located right in the heart of Ticonderoga in upstate New York and is approximately and hour and 15 minutes southeast of Lake Placid and about an hour north of Lake George. 
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Ticonderoga is the home of Fort Ticonderoga which was originally known as Fort Carillon. The town of Ticonderoga was originally named Carillon so the falls get their name from this French heritage. Something that might be a bit confusing about this waterfall is that The Falls of Carillon are also known as the "LaChute Falls", but if you are completing the challenge you want the Upper LaChute Falls!

Please note that the original place that the challenge takes you - you can't currently get to so this is the one section you can get to. You can see the rest of the falls in the distance, but this is the technical place where you are now allowed to park and walk to see. 

I have to be honest... this wasn't my favorite waterfall in this challenge. Similar to Anderson Falls (that I shared about last week), it was interesting to see, but if you are looking for a "nature/woods" adventure this would not be the waterfall to go to see. It left us wanting "more" and curious at why this specific waterfall was chosen. 

I think also it was disappointing to see so much trash, litter, and junk in the falls and on the surrounding banks. I tried in my pictures to avoid showing this but it was impossible. If you care about the environment like we do this will be disappointing.

PS- If you are interested in reading more about each of the waterfalls - I recommend reading Adirondack Fifty Falls (click HERE to purchase) which lays out all of the falls in a concise and easy manner. It also groups the falls in the challenge by area so that you do not have to do that research! 
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When I was extremely sick I used to grieve not being able to be outside in nature as much as I wanted to be and if this is where you are at due to health reasons I hope that the information I provide about each of the falls in this challenge will encourage you to explore as you are able.

Located in the heart of Ticonderoga (approx. 1 hour north of Lake George // 1 hour and 15 minutes southeast of Lake Placid)

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less than two miles from The Falls of Carillon in Bicentennial park in Ticonderoga


A small gravel turnout where you can park and then walk through the grass to get to the falls.

No. In fact one person asked us why everyone came to see these falls...*smiles*

Approximately 100 feet away

Yes... if you can walk a short distance. If you are wanting to see some of the other #adk50falls that are also disability friendly I would check out my page dedicated to the waterfall challenge by clicking HERE!

Thank you so much for reading today friends! Please let me know if you have any questions about the challenge or the Upper LaChute Falls! I am happy to answer and can't wait to hear about your waterfall adventures! And again, if you would like to read about other #adk50falls that I have written about on the blog click HERE!

Have a wonderful day!

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