UPPER FALLS CREEK FALLS
RATING - 56.0
VR - 6.0 (Med) HR - 7.0 SR - 14/20
TYPE OF APPROACH - Bushwhack
DIFFICULTY - Very Difficult
LOCATION - Darrington Area
TYPE - Tiered
HEIGHT - 260'
WIDTH - 20'
GPS - N48 07.001 W121 29.285
ELEVATION - 2380'
are a total of 5 tiers to this complicated and impressive waterfall.
The lowermost tier is a segmented drop of 46' that is difficult to
see without wading into the creek. The next tier is a total of 56'
tall and begins with a shallow slide before dumping into a crack and turning
right (below left). Tier #3 is around 25' tall and also difficult to
see. Above this is the main drop, an 88' tall curtain that drops into
a large amphitheater. Just above this is the final tier that was
measured as 66' tall but is most likely a little taller than that. We
weren't able to get a clear view of the upper tier but it might be possible
with more climbing. I'll give that a shot next summer if I return.
Add it all up and you've got over 250' of gorgeous waterfall that is worth
the trouble getting to.
|DIRECTIONS - Follow the directions to Falls Creek Falls. Park there and continue on foot down the old road. It quickly deteriorates but is easily followed for the most part. In about 3 miles you will come to a fourth creek crossing (the first three are made on remnants of the old bridges). We crossed on a log over the creek just upstream. Once across, continue to follow the road for a few hundred feet and then jump into the woods. You'll soon see the lowest tier of the falls. Continue steeply uphill until you find the main drop.|
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