ROCK GNOME FALLS
RATING - 19.0
VR - 1.0 (Tiny) HR - 3.0 SR - 16/20
TYPE OF APPROACH - Trail
HEIGHT - 50'
WIDTH - 5'
DIFFICULTY - Medium
LOCATION - Glacier Creek Road
TYPE - Plunge
GPS - N48 47.886 W121 52.683
ELEVATION - 4450'
|This waterfall got its name from Bryan Swan because the rock on the left side of the falls reminded him of the Rock Gnome from Return to Oz . . . works for me. The creek the falls lie on is very small so don't come expecting a massive waterfall. It's a pretty spot though and since it's on the way to several other falls it's worth checking out. I did notice on my latest trip that this creek appears to harbor a much, much taller water further upstream. This section can be spotted from near Kulshan Creek and is best viewed on the way back down the trail.
|DIRECTIONS - Head
East on the Mt. Baker Highway to the town of Glacier. Just past the town turn right
onto Glacier Creek Road. In a few miles the road crosses Glacier Creek and climbs up
the hillside to the Heliotrope Ridge Trailhead. Park and hike up the trail for about
1.8 miles to where the falls drops right next to the trail.
NEARBY WATERFALLS - Eldridge Falls, Heliotrope Falls, Hogsback Falls, Kulshan Falls, Roosevelt Falls, Smith Creek Falls, Tennant Falls, Twin Falls