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||On unnamed stream flowing into
the West River tributary of Canandaigua Lake in Yates County
||We hiked into the gully near
the top and walked upstream to Waterfall A, about 8 feet high. We
then hiked down the stream to Waterfall B (6 feet) and beyond encountering
numerous small waterfalls (2-5 feet) and cascades. There may be additional
waterfalls in the lower part of the gully but we didn't get to them
since it was getting late.
||We visited this pretty gully
in early spring when there was still ice in the stream even though
the air temperature was in the 60s. This is a deep, narrow gully with
some ice dams and log jams and the going was slow.
We collapsed several small ice dams as we walked down the stream
releasing bathtub-sized pools of water. We gave more than passing
thought to the possibility of a flash flood from the spontaneous
collapse of any of the several larger ice dams we saw. We had just
read the story of the
Saxeten canyoneering tragedy and so were aware of this danger
-- even in these small, friendly gullies -- during melt weather.
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