RATING - 16.0
VR - 2 (Small) HR - 2 SR - 12/20
TYPE OF APPROACH - Bushwhack
DIFFICULTY - Difficult
LOCATION - Mt. Baker Recreation Area
TYPE - Tiered
HEIGHT - 36'
WIDTH - 13'
ELEVATION - 4869'
GPS - N 48 44.384', W 121 47.881'
The Sandy Creek Basin is one of the most desolate, rugged, and most difficult to access locations on all of Mt. Baker. However, the area is also home to a plethora of waterfalls and some of the most unique and amazing geology on the entire mountain. Three major streams flow out of the Squak Glacier in the area and each one contains multiple waterfalls along their courses.
Double Falls is a small, two tiered waterfall located near the Squak Glacier. The creek that this waterfall lies on is fairly small, but it is large enough in volume that it stands out above some of the others in the immediate area. The stream drops a total of 36' in back-to-back drops, 24' and 12', surrounded by loose dirt and volcanic rocks. While small in stature and not horribly impressive, the waterfall is passed on the route to Squak Glacier Falls, so there's no reason not to check it out if you are in the area. In addition, the view looking over the falls at the Sandy Creek Valley spreading out below you is pretty breathtaking.
DIRECTIONS - Double Falls is located about halfway between South Squak
Glacier Falls and Squak Glacier Falls. From South Squak Glacier Falls,
continue heading north and slightly downhill. You should see the falls
dropping into a horseshoe shaped mini-cirque.
NEARBY WATERFALLS - Andesite Falls, Middle Andesite Falls, Middle Sandy Creek Falls, Skaleek Falls, South Squak Glacier Falls, Squak Glacier Falls, Upper Andesite Falls, Upper Sandy Creek Falls
PICTURES (CLICK TO ENLARGE) AND VIDEO