UPPER JOHN PIERCE FALLS
RATING - 40.0
VR - 4 (M/Sm) HR - 6.0 SR - 16/20
TYPE OF APPROACH - Bushwhack
DIFFICULTY - Medium
LOCATION - Ross Lake Area
TYPE - Tiered
HEIGHT - 160'
WIDTH - 15'
John Pierce Falls is a gorgeous waterfall located just upstream from John
Pierce Falls near Ross Lake. The main section of the falls is a
horsetailing drop of a little over 100' that fans out as it falls. I
suspect that this portion of the falls is much more plungey when the volume
of the creek is higher but I can't confirm it until later in the spring.
Upstream from this drop are several more cascading drops that bring the
total height to about 160'. In addition there is a very small drop just
downstream that is uber pretty. In the spring and summer, this is a
great photo spot (see additional pictures below), but with the ice covered
cliff in the background, the main falls just got blown out. It could
probably be argued that this and John Pierce Falls should be considered one
waterfall, but there is a noticable flat section of the creek between the
two and there is no way to see the two waterfalls together so I have
|DIRECTIONS - Follow the directions to John Pierce Falls. Park and walk east along the highway for a few hundred feet and scramble into the woods. Climb steadily uphill for a few hundred feet until you are above J. P. Falls and then drop down to the creek. Stay away from the edge until you get above the lower falls so you don't die.|
ADDITIONAL PICTURES (CLICK TO ENLARGE)