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Asbestos Creek Falls
   Snohomish County, Washington

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Asbestos Creek Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the state of Washington which can be seen from a road, but it isn't highly regarded due to its seasonal nature and the fact that only about one-third to half of the falls can be seen with ease. Asbestos Creek flows essentially from the summit of Jumbo Mountain and cascades in a seemingly never-ending series of falls down the mountainside in a series of falls and cascades. Because there is no apparent beginning to the falls it's difficult to say exactly how tall the falls are.

When visiting the falls, the seven lower-most tiers are easily visible from the road, or by scrambling up the steep trail that heads upstream. These tiers drop for a total of 335 feet in a variety of forms, individually 90, 71, 34, 33, 67, 23, and 17-feet respectively. Continuing upstream there are at least three more major tiers which should be considered part of the falls, including one which may be over 300 feet tall by itself, and another of perhaps 200 feet, with at least four or five smaller drops interspersed between. It could potentially be argued that given the almost non-stop nature of waterfalls in the creek the height of the falls could stretch to as much as 2,500 feet (possibly more), but unfortunately there is simply no way to access the upper reaches of the drainage to see what else may lie up there.

Because the drainage area of Asbestos Creek is fairly small, the stream does exhibit substantial seasonal behavior. Snow may persist near the summit of Jumbo Mountain through July, but by the end of August the basin will be largely parched and the volume of the creek will be reduced considerably (but not likely to the point where it dries out entirely). Visiting in the late spring and early summer months will yield the best conditions.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Asbestos Creek Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

Starting in the town of Darrington, from the IGA market on the corner of Highway 530 take the Mountain Loop Highway south toward Barlow Pass for 2-3/4 miles and then turn right onto NFR #2060. Asbestos Creek is encountered just under three miles along Road 2060 where the creek flows directly over the road via a concrete low water crossing. The base of the falls can be seen from the road, but the majority of the falls may be obscured by trees (depending on the season). Find a rough trail which climbs steeply up the right side of the creek to access clear views of the majority of the falls.

Latitude

48.19182 N

Longitude

-121.58055 W

Elevation

1773 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Helena Ridge 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Asbestos Falls

0.703 miles

Helena Creek Falls

1.284 miles

Gold Mountain Falls

3.771 miles

Buckeye Falls

5.477 miles

Buckeye Basin Falls

5.923 miles

Bornite Falls

7.802 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

26.74

IWC

1.52  (Class 2)

RATING

48.15 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

950 feet

Tallest Drop

300 feet

Num. Drops

13

AVG. Width

15 feet

Pitch

65 degrees

Run

1750 feet

Primary Form

Tiered Horsetails

 

Watershed

Sauk River

Stream

Asbestos Creek

AVG. Volume

10.0 cfs

Source

Unknown

Seasonality

Best Flows

March to July

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

Jun 15, 2014

Re-surveyed and accurately measured this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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