Asbestos Falls has long been a thorn in my side. Due to its convenient location just Â¼ mile away from Asbestos Creek Falls, the two falls have long been confused with one another, or rather in most cases Asbestos Creek Falls is usually confused as Asbestos Falls. Asbestos Falls, however, lie on Clear Creek itself, rather than a tributary. The falls are not very evident from the road, which likely lead to its lack of publicity, and / or confusion, however, it does look like there was some sort of roadbed which passes near the falls, which may be remnants of the old route up to the mine sites at the head of the drainage, so the falls may have been better known at one point in time. Both uniquely shaped and discouragingly positioned, the falls are quite impressive. Clear Creek runs into a large bulbous protrusion of rock, and is split in two channels. The majority of the water is funneled down the right channel in a thunderous plunge into a deep pool (pictured above) - which likely would serve as an excellent swimming hole in the summer - while the left channel appears to stair-step down a flume which looks to be exceptionally scenic. Unfortunately, because Clear Creek is so large, fording was not an option during the most recent visit, so I couldn't get clear views of any part of the falls. Further, since access of the falls requires a moderate bushwhack, ending at extremely unstable banks above the creek, I don't recommend this be undertaken by those uneasy with potentially dangerous situations.
- Asbestos Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.
- Known Alternate Names: Clear Creek Falls
The origin of the name of the falls is unknown, but I speculate it deals with the mining history of the area.
Drive two miles south of Darrington on the Mountain Loop Highway to FR 2060 and follow 2060 for 3 miles. As of May 2005, the road was barricaded just under 2 miles in, so walking the last mile might be necessary. Before the road approaches Clear Creek, the falls will be audible. Moderately open forest leads steeply to side views of the falls and the canyon. Safe access to the base of the falls could not be found when last visited.