| Gulf Creek is a tributary
of Cayuga Lake, 5 miles north of Ithaca in the Town of Lansing, Tompkins
||Private Most of this gully is on posted property and you will need permission from several different landowners to enter it. The middle of the gully on the south side of the creek is on the Edwards Lake Cliffs Natural Area of Cornell Plantations. A trailhead with parking for a single car can be found at the end of Teeter Rd. Please observe signs designating the boundary of the preserve to avoid trespassing on private property.
The portion of Gulf Creek below Route 34 is a wild
gully with no trails, steep walls, deep pools, and
poor hiking conditions. In high water, much of this
gully would be impassable. However, there are three
good sized waterfalls on the main stream and 4 waterfalls
on side streams. Above Route 34, the creek flows gently
through the back yards of a residential neighborhood.
There are numerous small cascades and ledges but no
waterfalls except for Ruth's
We have entered this
gully from the bottom and hiked upstream to Pocket Falls. We have
also entered just downstream from Pocket Falls and hiked down to the
Lower Falls. Recently, we entered the gully just upstream from Pocket
Falls and hiked up to Hidden Falls and Emilie Jonas Falls. You can see the
crest of Emilie Jonas Falls from the Route 34 bridge and a glimpse of Rainbow
Falls from a side road. During the wonderful winter of 2002-3 we rediscovered
the upper part of this gully on snowshoes.
Here is a list of waterfalls on Gulf Creek (W=waterfall
on perennial stream, I=waterfall on intermittent stream):
Refer to the map for location.
Thanks to Stephen Tobin via Scott
Ensminger for supplying the names of these falls.
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