Kanim Falls is the major waterfall of the North Fork Snoqualmie River, occuring as the river plunges out of its source lake and hurtles about 280 feet into a huge talus field. This is one of the more impressive waterfalls in the western Alpine Lakes region, but also one of the more difficult of the large waterfalls to access. No trails lead to the area and the brush is as thick as one would expect in an open basin. The falls are not terribly far from the road, but the trek will take most of a day to undertake. Because the basin containing Kanim Lake is very small, I suspect (but cannot confirm) that Kanim Falls will run dry late in the year as the water level of the lake drops, but during the melt season, the falls are quite powerful.
- Kanim Falls is the Proposed name of this waterfall.
- Known Alternate Names: North Fork Snoqualmie Falls
The falls are located immediately below Kanim Lake at the headwaters of the North Fork Snoqualmie River in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The falls are accessed by following a rough fishermans path from the end of North Fork Road # 5730 towards the Paradise Lakes, then following the North Fork into the basin below the lake and climbing up the boulder field below the falls. The falls are about 1.3 miles from the end of the road. Expect to have to deal with waist-high brush, muddy bogs, fording streams, alder thickets, vine maple and lots of devils club. This is not a trek for the inexperienced.