June Waterfall Hikes

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Waterfall lovers everywhere—rejoice!  This is your time of year!

We’ve been spending many weeks already exploring trails we haven’t walked since the fall.

The waterfalls, in particular, are pretty wonderful right now!  Right behind Alta Crystal Resort (a whopping 10-minute walk), you can check out Deep Creek Falls, a gorgeous 15-foot waterfall.  Along the way, you’ll probably take picture after picture of Deep Creek since it literally looks like someone must have planned it to be so beautiful.

You can also hike 3 miles roundtrip to Goat Falls.  This hike is listed in The Mountaineers’ Book, “Best Hikes With Kids” and it deserves its kudos! Skookum Falls and Snoquera Falls are also running in full snow melt glory!  You can actually get some incredible pictures of Skookum Falls from the viewpoint on Highway 410.  An absolutely gorgeous 250-foot tall waterfall.  Wow!

You can hike to Snoquera Falls from Alta Crystal Resort (about 7 miles roundtrip) but most of our guests take off from the Camp Sheppard trailhead about 3 miles from here. This is a great hike with kids (or dog kids—witness our pictures with Georgia and Jebadoo below) and Snoquera Creek falls 400 feet from the Dalles Ridge to form Snoquera Falls.  You can get some glimpses of the Falls from the Highway but its full beauty can only be appreciated by hiking to its base!

Now that Cayuse Pass (Highway 123) is open, we’d be remiss not to mention Silver Falls in the Ohanapecosh area of Mt. Rainier National Park.  This is the highest volume waterfall in the whole Park, and you can just imagine the volume in the Spring!  You can hike there from the trailhead for the Grove of the Patriarchs (just 1/2 mile each way), or via a short (but steep) hike from Highway 410—just 1/4 mile each way.  

Do you still want more?  Well, how about the waterfalls along the Eastside Trail in Mt. Rainier National Park.  There are so many, they don’t all have names!

Or, even though it doesn’t have official named waterfalls, one of our favorite Spring trails is still Greenwater Lakes.  Rapids, small waterfalls, beautiful log bridges and 2 gorgeous lakes.  What’s not to love?  (See also our story/pictures about Greenwater Lakes.)

We’ve posted just a few pictures of our favorite waterfalls below, but it’s hard to capture their beauty.  Why not come up for the weekend and see for yourself???