RATING - 50.0
VR - 8 (Big) HR - 4.0 SR - 18/20
TYPE OF APPROACH - Bushwhack
DIFFICULTY - Medium
LOCATION - Baker Lake Road
TYPE - Plunge
HEIGHT - 57'
WIDTH - 30'
GPS - N48 36.831 W121 44.037
ELEVATION - 590'
Bear Creek contains a plethora of waterfalls in its final mile and this is probably the best of the bunch and immediately became a favorite of mine. I named the falls Klahanie Falls (Klahanie is a Chinook word meaning "outdoors") but I wouldn't be surprised if it had another name given the powerhouse and the old road travelling right next to the falls. Bear Creek launches itself outward and lands in a huge pool, surrounded by vertical cliff walls on three sides. During the summer I suspect this would make an excellent swimming hole. It appears, from satellite images, that the falls become segmented in lower water levels with a plunging right hand segment and a fan shaped left hand segment. There are two nice views above the creek and once you get to the creek the possibilities are endless (provided the creek is low enough to move around without a wetsuit). I finally got a chance to visit the falls at low volume the other day and it is a completely different experience. It's very calm and relaxing, whereas normally it's a raging torrent of spray and sound.
Follow the directions to Laplash Falls. Continue
following the vague path down the old roadbed for another 1/2 mile to where the falls can
be seen and heard. There are several good views of the falls.
NEARBY WATERFALLS - Abandonment Falls, Laplash Falls, Lower Klahanie Falls, Lower Laplash Falls, Mesachie Falls
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