COLONIAL CREEK FALLS
RATING - 72.0
VR - 6 (Med) HR - 11 SR - 6/20
TYPE OF APPROACH - Roadside
DIFFICULTY - Very Easy
LOCATION - Ross Lake Area
TYPE - Tiered
HEIGHT - 2600'
WIDTH - 40'
Colonial Creek Falls is probably the tallest waterfall in the continental USA. That being said, it is only mildly impressive (especially from several miles away). The creek drops somewhere around 2600' in a long series of drops, slides, and cascades. While not a sheer drop like Yosemite Falls in California, it is still notable to have the tallest water in the country so close to home and viewable from the car. I will probably attempt to get an up close view of the falls at some point in the not too distant future and then the rating should rise substantially.
DIRECTIONS - Take HWY 20 east to the Ross Dam Trailhead. Colonial Creek
Falls can be seen to the southwest about 5 miles away coming down the face
of Colonial Peak. The falls can also be seen from just past the bridge over
the Diablo Arm of Ross Lake about 2 miles before the trailhead. There is
apparently a climbers' trail that run up along the falls as well.
NEARBY WATERFALLS - Rhode Creek Falls