Just a quick hike to Auger Falls along the Sacandaga River is sure to please any member of the family! Just be cautious on the steeper slopes near the falls. Take a short trip just to see the falls or go for a longer loop hike around the area. You can't go wrong either way. Beauty abounds!
How to get there
From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue for just under 8.5 miles to a unmarked gravel road on the left. (The trailhead is also a former picnic area.)
By the numbers
- Distance: 0.4 miles, one way (just to falls)
- Distance: 1.25 miles, for the entire loop
- Elevation loss: about 70 feet
The trail from here is well trodden and marked and will descend you slowly to an amazing overlook of the falls. Be very careful here, there are sheer ledges and it can be quite slippery. Below the falls is a popular swim hole and a herd path access it, but again this can be very dangerous and slippery tread with caution. The marked trail ends at an old fireplace 0.4 miles from the trailhead.
The trail continues along the river and eventually becomes unmarked by DEC trail disks. However, it is well used and not hard to follow. It is very obvious and follows closely along the scenic river upstream. Eventually the trail breaks free from the shore and access the other side of the gravel road which you will follow left to get back to your car.
Snowshoeing & cross-country skiing
This trail would be fine for snowshoeing but unless there is a heavy snow, microspikes or other traction devices might be more appropriate for near the possibly slippery rocks. If there is ample snow, this makes for a fun cross country ski trail.