Mountain Mills to Harriman Dam

This is the longest and most challenging section to hike, but it is also the most rewarding by far. This section was discontinued as a result of the Hurricane of Sept 21, 1938 which obliterated several sections of fill and damaged the grade beyond repair. Some of these washouts are shown here. The section is about 8 Miles long (from the dam to mountain mills). If you plan to hike it solo expect a long 16 Mile trip. You will be rewarded by seeing some pretty massive washouts, finding old rail ties which have been in place since the 1920s. You may even stumble upon a few old rail spikes, braces or other such relics. There are a few pretty fantastic Rock cuts, the most interesting of them are cut into turns. One of the old washouts even had the old concrete water culvert still intact.

This page photo documents the section starting at the gate which is about 1 mile south of the main gate (it is a thousand feet or so south of the cabins) and runs all the way to the dam. I will get pictures of Mountain mills to the gate some other time! Enjoy the pictures.

A slideshow which animates the entire journey can be found here (18.5 MB, it is rather huge) I would encourage you watch this slideshow as it adds a whole new dimension to the journey.

Please keep in mind these pictures are sequential from north to south. I have more pictures which are semi sequential from south to north and are of other things of interest. I would encourage you to also take a look at these, especially if you find the pictures on this page to be boring.

This map shows where every single picture was taken. I have labeled every 5 so you can guide yourself. Blue means they were not included in the slide show. Red indicated they were. Use this as a guide. All pictures are present on this page.


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193 standing against the gate
 facing south
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194 Entering into an area with
 several small winds
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195
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196
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197
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198
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199
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200
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201 Beginning the approach to
 the big bend
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202 Approaching
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203
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204 Straight away approaching the
 bend
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205 Start of bend
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206 Bending
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207 The bend, notice the fill.
 Most large fills like this
 were washed out in the
 1930s, this one was spared.
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208 Leaving the bend heading
 up hill
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209
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210 Nearing the Exit bend
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211 Exit bend
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212 Leaving exit bend
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213
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214
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215
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216 Approaching a small cut
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217 In the cut
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218 Another bend, this is about
as far from the lake as this
 section of rail gets
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219
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220 Approaching a small cut.
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221 some still intact fill. There
 are several curves and streams
 in this area.
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222 More fill. Beavers live in
 this area.
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223 Another small cut in the
 windy area.
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224
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225 A small clearing and some
 logging trails off to the
right. Heading into a
straightaway.
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226 Respectably long
straightaway.
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227 Entering the largest cut.
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228 The cut. Very deep,
also most if not all the old
railroad ties are still on
the ground here.
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229 It was several degrees
 cooler inside this cut
than surrounding areas.
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230 Out of the cut, now
approaching the lake again.
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231 Approaching massive
 washout.
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232 Massive washout is beyond
 the trees, the trail leads
 to the west (right) and
goes over a small foot bridge
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233 Edge of washout. This
 is a massive fill on a
curve which was destroyed
by the stream in the 1930s
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234 Profile of the huge fill
washout. as you can see the
fill here was enormous.
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235 View from the edge
of washout looking south.
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236 Heading up a hill from the
washout.
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237 This area has a great
deal of old railroad ties still
in place. some still have spikes.
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238 ..Like this one! I find it
exciting to find such artifacts
 4 miles from the nearest road!
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239 Curving away from the
approach to the washout.
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240 Entering into one of
the longer straight-aways.
Another ski trail merges here
and I believe an old road as well
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241 Straightaway.
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242 A relic from the old RR.
This piece happens to be
lodged into a tree
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243 Straightaway!
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244 look at the snow lines,
these are where the old ties
used to sit (or maybe the
 old ties are buried) This
is not a common sight, but
 can be seen on many old
rail sections in the winter
if you keep an eye out.
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245 Now we are in Whitingham
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246 Slight turn approaching the
south washout.
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247 I found some old metal
 relics over here
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248 Rail grade goes straight here,
trail goes left. There is a large
washout in this area.
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249 South washout. This
 was one of the washouts  that
dealt a death blow to this
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250 View on the grade south of
 the washout
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251 Same spot as 250, looking
North at the overgrown
section of grade.
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252 leading away from washout.
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253
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254
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255 Long straightaway
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256 Half cut.
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257 Bigger half cut.
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258
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259
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260
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261 Nearing the pine laden
straightaway.
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262 Longest straightaway
 in the section
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263 Entering big gradual bend
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264 Slowly turning west
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265 still turning!
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266 And turning some more!
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267 Looks straight but its
part of the bend!
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268 Party Island, for the most
 hardy of partiers. When the
water is higher this is an
island, the low section
in between looks like it
may have been an old road
destroyed by the reservoir.
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269 Still turning!
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270 A short lived straightaway.
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271 Turning left (south)
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272 Merging with a snowmobile
 trail. There was a washout here,
 but a new culvert was installed in
 place of the old.
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273 The fill killing stream.
Old bits of culvert are visible
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274 Leaving the washout
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275 Straightaway
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276
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277
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278 Gentle curve leading us
 uphill.
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279 Near an access
 road to the power lines.
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280 Getting near the dam now
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281
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282
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283
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284 Uphill
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285 Approaching a cut curve.
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286 Cut curve.
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287 Closer to cut.
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288 In the cut, this cut is
 very close to the dam.
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289 Creeping out of the cut.
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290 Out of cut, dam is visible
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291 The homestretch
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292
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293
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294 Dam to the left.
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295 So close.
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296
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297 The curve onto the
dam is visible.
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298 On the dam. I have no
idea if the rail was on top
 or if it was on that landing
to the right (probably the
 landing)
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Copyright 1/21/2006 Marc Howes.