UPPER SWAYEL FALLS
RATING - 13.6
VR - 3.6 (Med/Sm) HR - 1.0 SR - 10/20
TYPE OF APPROACH - Bushwhack
DIFFICULTY - Fairly Easy
LOCATION - Newhalem Area
TYPE - Cascades
HEIGHT - 24' *
WIDTH - 15'
GPS - N48 38.727 W121 20.267
ELEVATION - 2356'
|This waterfall is located on Sky Creek just downstream from the road to the Thornton Lakes Trailhead. The area around the falls is covered with moss and is a really pretty area. If you make it down to the base of this one, be sure to continue on to Swayel Falls downstream as it is a much more worthy waterfall. "Swayel" (pronounced sway-yell) is a Nooksack word meaning "sky". While the Nooksack Indians did not live in this area, the more appropriate native word is "sccmasqt". That word is pretty much impossible to pronounce and is ugly sounding when you do so I fudged the local Native tribes a bit to find a better sounding name.|
DIRECTIONS - Drive east along Highway 20 and turn left onto Thornton Creek
Road about 3 miles before reaching Newhalem. About 1/2 a mile before the
trailhead you will cross over Sky Creek and a small waterfall on the left.
Park at a pullout just past the creek and walk back down the road a few
hundred feet. Hop into the woods and scramble over to the creek.
NEARBY WATERFALLS - Big Devil Falls, Cross Valley Falls, Granite Gorge Falls, Ladder Creek Falls, Newhalem Falls, Swayel Falls, Thornton Peak Falls
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