RATING - 6.5
VR - .9 (Tiny) HR - 5 SQ - 4/20
TYPE OF APPROACH - Roadside
DIFFICULTY - Very Easy
LOCATION - Lake Samish Area
TYPE - Tiered
HEIGHT - 95'
WIDTH - 10'
gone back and forth on this waterfall over the
past few years. I've called it Samish
Falls, 245 Falls, Lower Padden Falls (after
someone incorrectly told me it was Padden
Creek), and then back to Samish Falls.
From the freeway, you can see the lower,
cascading section of the falls all year long.
I recently noticed a plunging upper section so I
had to check it out and decided that with that
drop, the falls was just barely worthy to make
it on the site.
The creek begins its drop towards I-5 with a 40' plunge directly under an old work bridge. Below here it cascades over some boulders for a few feet before hitting the bedrock once again and cascading down for another 35'. The total height of the drop is 95'. This is a small creek and during the summer it isn't much to look at. Actually, it isn't much to look at all year long but if you're driving north and want to get out for a minute to stretch your legs, this might be worth a quick stop.
As far as I know it is not illegal to park in the pullout but when I scrambled up to take this picture, a state patrol officer had come along and painted my back windshield during the 15 minutes I was gone (apparently thinking I had abandoned the vehicle with my dog, I-Pod, wallet, and Full Throttle Blue Demon inside in clear view).
- This little waterfall is located right next to
I-5 at Milepost 245 just south of Bellingham and
the bottom section can be seen from the car.
You must be going northbound to see it.
It's really not worth the trouble of getting out
of the car usually so just take a quick peak as
you cruise by.
NEARBY WATERFALLS - Silver Falls
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