DOUBLE EAGLE FALLS
RATING - 34.0
VR - 4 (Med/Sm) HR - 6 SR - 10/20
TYPE OF APPROACH - Bushwhack
DIFFICULTY - Very Difficult
LOCATION - Mountain Loop Highway
TYPE - Tiered
HEIGHT - 145'
WIDTH - 20'
GPS - N48 06.738 W121 32.566
ELEVATION - 3183'
Double Eagle Falls is named after the nearby Double Eagle Mine. The falls begin with a 30' series of cascades into a gorgeous pool. In fact, the pool is so pretty that I took a swim in it to cool down on my first visit to the falls. Just around the corner from here, the falls continue with a 40' tall back-to-back drop pictures to the left. This ends in another nice pool, this one probably 15' deep. Finally (as far as I can tell), the waterfall culminates in a 75ish' tall segmented drop. The left hand segment appears to emerge from a cave of some sort. From my view high above the falls, I couldn't tell if this was just a short tunnel under a rock arch, or if it was an actual cave. Getting to the base of this drop would probably involve bushwhacking upstream from above the lower falls, something I will do on my next trip. If I can reach the bottom, this appears to be a very unique waterfall. Since I wasn't at the base, and saw no evidence of a mine, there is a chance this is not the actual Double Eagle Falls. The Topo maps certainly promote the possibility of at least one more waterfall upstream from this location. I plan on fully exploring this creek in the future when I have more time and traveling all the way to Devils Lake. Stay tuned.
DIRECTIONS - Follow the directions to
Lower Double Eagle Falls. Continue along the old road through two
more switchbacks. The road continues to deteriorate and becomes more
and more difficult to travel. About 1/4 of a mile past the 3rd
switchback, leave the road for a spur road heading up to the right.
This road will run out shortly in a field of brush. You can fight your
way through this towards the creek or climb steeply uphill into the woods
where the brush is less. Once in the woods, head towards the creek and
you should come out near the uppermost tier. Be sure to have a GPS for
this trip. It would be very easy to get lost.
NEARBY WATERFALLS - Lower Double Eagle Falls
ADDITIONAL PICTURES (CLICK TO ENLARGE) AND VIDEO