Finding a pair of waterfalls side by side is usually a pretty special thing. There aren't a lot of instances in the northwest where two completely different streams drop over waterfalls close enough together that they can be seen in tandem, much less in the whole world, which is why finding two waterfalls of the caliber of Depot Valley and Depot Creek Falls in Washington is something to be a little smug about. Naturally any two waterfalls being visible together will draw comparisons between the two - usually its one really good waterfall and one average waterfall. However in this case, its one world class waterfall and one really good waterfall. Depot Creek Falls, the former, is simply put one of the best on earth, but next door, an unnamed stream which I refer to as the Custer Fork of Depot Creek cascades down a 426 foot veiling waterfall itself and were it located anywhere else, it would be a candidate for one of the best in the state (not that it isn't). Both waterfalls can be seen from the same location and both are accessed via the same trail. Depot Valley Falls is pretty much a cut and dried consolation prize, however, as most of the allotted gawking time will be spent on Depot Creek Falls.
- Depot Valley Falls is the Unofficial name of this waterfall.
This is really just a working title. I want to find a suitable name for Depot Creek Falls which conveys its grandeur, and at the same time, play off the side-by-side nature of the two waterfalls, so don't be surprised if you find this waterfall with a different name one day.
Depot Valley Falls is seen adjacent to Depot Creek Falls, found in northern North Cascades National Park. See Depot Creek Falls for directions.