Friday, February 28, 2014


The icy amphitheatre of this waterfall on Coppermine Brook is one of our favorite winter destinations. My brother Drew had never been there, so on a day with occasional snow squalls Carol and I joined him for the five mile round-trip trek on the Coppermine Trail. Drew and I started out on our MSRs, but quickly found that Microspikes were the way to go on the hard-packed trail.

Here Drew pauses as we make our way through the lovely hemlock woods near the location of the Bette Davis "Keeper of Stray Ladies" plaque on the brook.

Making our way alongside the buried brookbed.

Evidence of a Pileated Woodpecker digging in the fine hardwood section about two-thirds of the way up the trail.

The Coppermine Shelter.

Carol waits for us as we approach the falls.

The Bridal Veil amphitheatre.

A naturally-formed ice castle.

At the base of the falls, a much easier spot to get to in winter.

Neat cave of ice and rock.

View out from the cave.

One of the predicted snow squalls moves in.

Shades of blue.

Coppermine Brook, fully muffled by a cold winter.

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