RATING - 26.0
VR - 6 (Med) HR - 2 SQ - 14
TYPE OF APPROACH - Bushwhack
DIFFICULTY - Difficult
LOCATION - Verlot Area
TYPE - Tiered
HEIGHT - 29'
WIDTH - 5'
GPS - 48 04.865' N 121 47.123' W
ELEVATION - 1633'
Heather Creek is a large creek that begins in lovely Heather Lake and travels down the slopes of Mt. Pilchuck to eventually join the Stillaguamish River. Because of the number of waterfalls on nearby Twenty-Two Creek, it was always sort of assumed that Heather Creek would contain a number as well but only two had been documented before I decided to follow the creek down from the lake. The creek contains six waterfalls along its route, five of which occur between the lake and Mt. Pilchuck Road.
Kayoo Falls is located about halfway between Powderkeg Falls and Seesoolk Falls and was a bit of a surprise when I found it. The creek above and below sort of meanders along at a leisurely pace and then suddenly Kayoo Falls appears like a phantom. "Kayoo" is a Salish word that means "ghost" so I thought the name was fitting. The waterfall is a beautiful, two-tiered drop beginning with a 17' horsetail and finishing with a nice 12' tall punchbowl into a small, deep pool of water. This waterfall has remained relatively clean compared to the others on the creek so it's a little prettier. There are a couple small, dead trees that hang over the lower tier, but it might be possible to strategically remove them. The other downside to this waterfall, photography wise, is that the clear view is really close to the waterfall so a wide angle lens is necessary to get the whole pool in a picture.
DIRECTIONS - Follow the directions to Seesoolk
Falls. Continue heading upstream along Heather Creek. In
around 1/4 a mile you should encounter this waterfall. It should also
be possible to bushwhack over to the creek from the trail if you have a
waypoint on your GPS for the falls.
NEARBY WATERFALLS - First Falls, Heather Creek Falls, Middle Heather Creek Falls, Powderkeg Falls, Seesoolk Falls, Triple Creek Falls, Upper Heather Creek Falls