This waterfall caught me by surprise the first time I ventured up the Cascade River road, however, I lacked time to stop and investigate further at the time. I've been in the area three times since, not once was there sufficient water in the creek. This unnamed stream is entirely reliable on low elevation snow and rain to sustain it, so the falls totally dry out by the middle of July. I took this picture the second week of July (and this year we had abnormally high snowfall), and the falls were pretty much dead. When the creek is going full speed, this is a rather impressive waterfall, sheeting hundreds of feet down the mountainside on smoothed rocks. However, when the creek is running high, it may be more difficult to get clear views of the falls (since the easiest way to reach the base of the falls is right up the steep and narrow streambed).
- Goblin Falls is the Unofficial name of this waterfall.
The falls flow off the side of Big Devil Peak, so the name was derived as a spin off of the theme.
Driving east along US 20, enter the town of Marblemount. At a bend in the highway (in the middle of town), keep straight across the visible bridge spanning the Skagit River. Proceed 7 1/4 miles from US 20, that's 2 3/4 miles east of Mystery Falls, or 4/10 mile west of Marble Creek, along the Cascade River Road, to a pullout next to the small creek. Scramble an easy 100 feet upstream along the rocky streambed (you'll likely get wet when the creek is high) to views of the falls.