The roaring waterfall was easy to hear from up above, and the walk down was quiet and peaceful — no screaming kids and dogs that you might encounter on summer and fall afternoons.
I did see some people walking around the ice on both sides of the waterfall’s base, although I wasn’t so confident it was a good idea for me to cross over. Instead, I walked up the left side along the rocks before carefully finding a place at the base near the cliff wall.
You can see some of the flowing water in the image above — a couple showed up while I was shooting, and the girl, who was also snapping photos, actually stepped pretty close to that spot and saw her left leg go straight through the ice. She got out and was fine, but had to be freezing.
Aside from the waterfall itself, the surrounding rocks were covered in beautiful icicles and bits of ice:
I walked further down the trail to look for some open breaks in the stream:
You can see more images from my hikes in New Paltz here.