GILLIGAN CREEK FALLS
RATING - 34.0
VR - 6 (Med) HR - 4.0 SR - 10/20
TYPE OF APPROACH - Trail
DIFFICULTY - Easy
LOCATION - South Skagit Highway
TYPE - Tiered
HEIGHT - 52' *
WIDTH - 10'
GPS - N 48 28.608' W 122 08.827'
ELEVATION - 558'
Creek runs down off of Cultus Mountain and eventually dumps into the mighty Skagit
River. Around one mile upstream from the Skagit, the creek runs through a beautiful
gorge and dumps over this nice waterfall. The falls consist of two
tiers. The first is a 35' tall segemented drop that occurs where the creek splits around a big rock with the two segments combining part of the way down.
The second tier is a 17' tall plunge into a little pool. At the
bottom of the falls, part of the creek is diverted to Judy Reservoir by the Skagit County P.U.D.
where it becomes the drinking water for the citizens of the valley.
The area around the waterfall frequently has rock slides. One such
slide destroyed the bridge several years back and it has been completely
rebuilt. If you visit the waterfall be sure not to mess around with
the equipment and be careful around the edge. It is very unstable.
Drive east on Highway 20 to Sedro-Woolley and turn right (south) onto
Highway 9. After the bridge crossing over the Skagit River, turn right onto
the South Skagit Highway. Stay on this road for around 5 miles and turn
right onto Old Day Creek Road. The road travels up and around a corner.
After about 1 mile you will see a gated logging road heading up the hill to
the left (not the 1st, overgrown road, but the 2nd clear one). Park near
the gate and walk up the road, taking the left hand route when the road
forks. The road ends at the falls in about 1 1/4 miles.
NEARBY WATERFALLS - Lower Gilligan Creek Falls, Paradise Falls, Upper Gilligan Creek Falls
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