CORNELL CREEK FALLS
RATING - 32.0
VR - 4 (Med/Sm) HR - 5 SR - 12/20
TYPE OF APPROACH - Bushwhack
DIFFICULTY - Very Difficult
LOCATION - Mt. Baker Highway
TYPE - Tiered
HEIGHT - 118'
WIDTH - 32'
GPS - N48 52.536 W121 58.362
ELEVATION - 2001'
The waterfalls of Cornell Creek are found on the West Fork of the creek in the middle of a very deep, very steep, and very dangerous to navigate canyon. Cornell Creek Falls drops 118' in a series of three drops. The first two drops around 20' tall, 15' wide cascades. The creek then splits in two and drops 72' in side-by-side drops that are somewhat reminiscent of Feature Show Falls near Darrington. Immediately upon hitting the bottom, the creek makes a wide U-turn around the promontory before dropping over the middle and lower falls. The view of the waterfall is really close so it's difficult to fit the whole falls in a picture without a wide angle. Spray will be a problem at high water as well and when I visited it was raining.
While the waterfall is very impressive, the difficulty and danger of viewing this waterfall make it inaccessible for most people. I would highly recommend against visiting this waterfall unless you have canyoneering skills. It's just too dangerous without it.
DIRECTIONS - Follow the directions to
Middle Cornell Creek Falls. After crossing the tributary stream,
head uphill above the creek. You'll encounter a massive maze of logs
in an open section of the hill. Cross near the bottom here and you'll
be near the top of the falls. In order to get to the promentory where
I took my pictures, you'll need a rope and a lot of nerves. You'll
have to climb down a nearly vertical cliff and then scoot over to the top of
the viewing rock. Don't falls or you're dead.
NEARBY WATERFALLS - Lower Cornell Creek Falls, Middle Cornell Creek Falls
ADDITIONAL PICTURES (CLICK TO ENLARGE) AND VIDEO