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Sulphide Basin Falls
   Whatcom County, Washington

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The Sulphide and Crystal Glaciers are the largest masses of ice on Mount Shuksan and they both produce melt that fuels Sulphide Creek. On any given day in the summer no less than half a dozen waterfalls can be seen streaming down the southeast side of the mountain into a secluded bowl-shaped basin which harbors difficult to see and nearly impossible to reach Sulphide Lake. The falls range from 300 to 1000 feet high and can be seen for some distance from the surrounding ridges but can't be approached closely due to the ruggedly steep terrain. Because the flow of the water is regulated by the rate the glaciers melt, this series of waterfalls is best seen on a hot day mid summer.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Sulphide Basin Falls is the Unofficial name of this waterfall.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

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Sulphide Basin Falls is located east of the summit of Mount Shuksan in North Cascades National Park. The falls are best seen from either the Shannon Creek climbers trail, used to access the summit of Shuksan, or from the ridge dividing Sulphide Creek and Shuksan Lake. Both viewpoints require travel across dangerously steep terrain and aren't recommended for most. Part of the falls can also be seen from the Blum Lakes area across the Baker River valley.

Latitude

48.80778 N

Longitude

-121.59278 W

Elevation

4681 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Mount Shuksan 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Sulphide Creek Falls

1.767 miles

Sulphide Valley Falls

1.918 miles

Jagged Ridge Falls

2.073 miles

Cloudcap Falls

2.283 miles

Unnamed Waterfall

2.551 miles

Unnamed Waterfall

2.65 miles

Curtis Glacier Falls

2.672 miles

Rockflow Canyon Falls

2.884 miles

Unnamed Waterfall

2.977 miles

Seahpo Peak Falls

3.143 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

77.74

IWC

3.55  (Class 4)

RATING

68.93 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

1000 feet

Tallest Drop

1000 feet

Num. Drops

1

AVG. Width

50 feet

Pitch

77 degrees

Run

300 feet

Primary Form

Tiered Horsetails

 

Watershed

Baker River

Stream

Unnamed

AVG. Volume

150.0 cfs

Source

Glacier

Seasonality

Best Flows

June to October

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

May 21, 2011

Edited basic information about this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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