GOLD RUN FALLS
RATING - 51.8
VR - 5.4 (Med) HR - 7.0 SR - 14/20
TYPE OF APPROACH - Roadside
DIFFICULTY - Very Easy
LOCATION - Twin Lakes Road
TYPE - Tiered
HEIGHT - 314'
WIDTH - 25'
GPS - N48 56.159 W121 40.428
ELEVATION - 3295'
Gold Run Falls occurs on an
unnamed, though fairly large, creek that begins on Yellow Aster Butte near Gold Run Pass
(hence the name). I visited the falls for the 3rd time with Bryan from
Waterfalls Northwest and he was able to measure the falls, which were quite
a bit larger than I had estimated. The falls begin with a 163' tall drop that is nearly
vertical and gets progressively wider as it falls. Below this the creek fans out another
57' in a gorgeous drop. The lowest section of the falls, that can be seen
from the road, is another 74 vertical feet
of cascades and slides bringing the total to around 314'. This is a
spectacular falls, especially when the snow is really melting as it has been on my visits.
I don't think this creek ever runs completely dry but it might get pretty
low late in the summer. If you're heading up towards Twin Lakes, there
is no reason not to check this waterfall out. It should be noted that
the "Very Easy" Difficulty rating is only for the bottom section of the
falls. It gets progressively more difficult as you climb higher up the
falls. While the trip to the view of the top is short, it should
probably be considered "Fairly Difficult" to get to.
|DIRECTIONS - Head
east on Mt. Baker Highway and turn left onto Twin Lakes Road. Follow the road for
around 6 miles until you cross over the creek. You should see the lower parts of the
falls from the road. A rough trail leads up the right side of the creek to good
views of the upper sections of the falls but it is very steep.
NEARBY WATERFALLS - Swamp Creek Falls
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