RATING - 40.8
VR - 3.6 (Med/Sm) HR - 8.0 SR - 12/20
TYPE OF APPROACH - Trail
DIFFICULTY - Difficult
LOCATION - Suiattle River Road
TYPE - Tiered
HEIGHT - 456'
WIDTH - 5'
GPS - N48 22.317 W121 30.657
ELEVATION - 1450'
The creek that contains
Suiattle Falls and Lower Suiattle Falls is essentially one very tall waterfall containing
numerous drops along the way. From the start of the falls to the
bottom at the road, the creek drops a total of
about 1300', virtually all of which is waterfall
of some sort. Splitting the creek into
different waterfalls becomes sort of arbitrary
but I've done the best I can.
The main section of the falls plunge 132' before hitting a dome of rock and immediately horsetailing down the mountainside for a total of 256'. The creek then drops over another 80' plunge before disappearing out of sight. Above all this is another 120' tall series of drops that begins with a plunging drop and gradually becomes more and more shallow, finally flattening out just before the main plunge. A view from across the valley shows even more drops above that.
They only thing keeping this waterfall from a much higher rating is that the creek is so small. I can't recommend climbing up above the plunge. The view of the valley around the falls is great, but the upper tier of the waterfall isn't worth the effort or potential death.
|DIRECTIONS - Follow the directions to Lower Suiattle Falls. The upper tier can be seen from the road. It's possible to get right up next to the falls with enough work but it is difficult and potentially dangerous.|
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