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Deer Creek Falls
   Pierce County, Washington

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Deer Creek Falls is a steep two-stepped cascade of 62 feet in height encountered as one hikes west from the Owyhigh Lakes Trailhead along Highway 123 in Mount Rainier National Park. As the trail passes the falls several viewpoints provide vistas looking down on the falls and gorge which give the illusion that the falls are both taller and more vertical than reality (we had previously thought the falls to be closer to 80 feet tall). Recently several trees have fallen where the trail first approaches the falls which now provides a view downstream over the falls and reveals its true slope and gives a better idea of the actual height of the falls.

While Deer Creek isn't a large drainage, thanks to the heavy snow pack which Mount Rainier receives annually the falls transform into a powerful cataract during the spring melt season. By the end of summer and the autumn months however the falls will revert to a much more placid, but infinitely more scenic string-like cascade. A significant upper tier appears to be situated a few hundred feet upstream, but we have not yet been able to survey it.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Deer Creek Falls is the Colloquial name of this waterfall.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

easy access

Deer Creek Falls is accessed from the Owyhigh Lakes Trail just off Highway 123 near Cayuse Pass in Mount Rainier National Park. The trailhead is found about 6 1/2 miles south of the pass, where the well graded path winds moderately down two switchbacks to viewpoints overlooking the falls.

Latitude

46.8344 N

Longitude

-121.53644 W

Elevation

3056 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Chinook Pass 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Lower Chinook Creek Falls

0.754 miles

Zigzag Falls

1.042 miles

Chinook Cascades

1.177 miles

Boundary Creek Falls

1.247 miles

Lumber Mill Falls

1.573 miles

Sequestered Falls

1.633 miles

Lower Double Peak Falls

1.684 miles

Shriner Fork Cascades

1.733 miles

Fawn Falls

1.757 miles

Sydney Falls

1.824 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

26.99

IWC

1.17  (Class 2)

RATING

46.21 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

62 feet

Tallest Drop

44 feet

Num. Drops

2

AVG. Width

7 feet

Pitch

75 degrees

Run

50 feet

Primary Form

Steep Tiered Cascades

 

Watershed

Cowlitz River

Stream

Deer Creek

AVG. Volume

45.0 cfs

Source

Lake

Seasonality

12 months

Best Flows

May to August

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

May 11, 2014

Re-surveyed and accurately measured this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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