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Stevens Creek Falls
   Lewis County, Washington

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Though located less than ¼ mile from the major thoroughfare through Mount Rainier National Park, this waterfall remains one of the best-kept secrets in the park. Until I was able to confirm the location of the waterfall via Terraserver, I had no idea a waterfall even existed at this location. I would honestly not be surprised if even the full time park rangers don't know of this waterfall. Logic, however, would dictate otherwise. Every stream dropping into Stevens Canyon falls over a waterfall of some sort. Sunbeam Creek, Unicorn Creek and Maple Creek all drop over the south side of the valley, while Stevens Creek is the only stream stemming from the north. This is notable because while the aforementioned streams all descend over the highly visible columnar basalt dike along the south side of the canyon, Stevens Creek through a granitic formation as it sluices towards the canyon floor, before plunging 150 feet down a final step. Pending the discovery (or rediscovery) of any major waterfalls above Highway 706, the size of this waterfall creates a coincidental staggering of the impressiveness of waterfalls along Stevens Creek, with the best falls being at the headwaters and the least impressive near the mouth. While Stevens Creek is one of the larger streams in the Park, and the falls were quite impressive when I visited in mid September, I imagine that this is easily one of the most powerful waterfalls in the park at the height of snow melt. It's almost a shame that it's so inaccessible.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Stevens Creek Falls is the Unofficial name of this waterfall.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

moderate access

Stevens Creek Falls is located about ¼ mile downstream of Highway 706 in Stevens Canyon. The falls face north and are flanked on three sides by cliffs, so in order to view the falls, fording Stevens Creek downstream of the falls is necessary. The easiest method to access the falls is to walk east of the Stevens Creek Bridge and descend through the woods, parallel to the creek. If the creek is too high to ford, it may also be possible to start between Sunbeam and Stevens Creek and climb down the rib adjacent to the opposite side of the falls. This route is considerably brushier. I do not recommend visiting this waterfall unless you are exceptionally comfortable with brushy off-trail travel and fording large streams.

Latitude

46.7728 N

Longitude

-121.69988 W

Elevation

3736 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Mount Rainier East 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Lower Sunbeam Falls

0.166 miles

Unnamed Waterfall

0.373 miles

Picture Frame Falls

0.426 miles

Upper Stevens Valley Fall...

0.857 miles

Sunbeam Falls

0.864 miles

Martha Falls

1.052 miles

Faraway Falls

1.227 miles

Upper Sunbeam Falls

1.525 miles

Lake Louise Falls

1.728 miles

Sylvia Falls

2.003 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

56.92

IWC

2.9  (Class 3)

RATING

65.6 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

160 feet

Tallest Drop

160 feet

Num. Drops

1

AVG. Width

15 feet

Pitch

81 degrees

Run

30 feet

Primary Form

Horsetail

 

Watershed

Cowlitz River

Stream

Stevens Creek

AVG. Volume

200.0 cfs

Source

Glacier

Seasonality

Best Flows

Year Round

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

Jul 27, 2011

Added a picture(s) of this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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