RATING - 26.4
VR - 3.6 (Med/Sm) HR - 4.0 SR - 12/20
TYPE OF APPROACH - Trail + Bushwhack
DIFFICULTY - Fairly Difficult
LOCATION - Mt. Baker Recreation Area
TYPE - Fan
HEIGHT - 60'
WIDTH - 15'
ELEVATION - 4123'
GPS - N 48 43.282', W 121 51.607'
Purdue Falls is a fan shaped waterfall about 60' in height located along Ridley Creek. On my visit to the falls, I was shocked at how small the creek was as I always assumed it was good sized. When the creek is running higher, this should be a worthy destination as the falls take on a much prettier fan shape. There is also a lower falls a short distance downstream, but after seeing that this waterfall was almost dry I decided to save the lower falls for another time.
The best time to visit would probably be in early July when the road to the Bell Pass Trailhead has just opened for the year (South Fork Nooksack Road). I suspect that by the time the Park Butte Trail melts out for the year, the creek will be low in volume.
DIRECTIONS - Take the Park Butte trail from the end of FR 13. In around 3
miles the trail will fork with the left hand fork heading up to the lookout
and the right heading down to Mazama Park. Follow the trail to Mazama
Park, through the meadows, and into the woods towards Bell Pass. The
falls are a short distance off the trail and you should be able to hear it
from there. Take a GPS just to make sure and be careful at the edge of
NEARBY WATERFALLS - Cravens Falls, Easton Falls, Kathryn Falls, Mazama Park Falls, Portrait Falls, Squak Glacier Falls