While I'd long known of a tall cascading waterfall near the headwaters of McCoy Creek, I hadn't really given second thought to the small ravine near the mouth of the creek as it breaks into the Skykomish Valley. However, after receiving word from some fellow local hikers that a sizable waterfall was just Â¼ mile upstream, I was sold. The results were surprisingly unexpected. While the falls weren't quite as large as I was originally led to believe, the formation was much different than I had pictured. McCoy Creek plunges through an old mill dam of some sort and then fans out over a chunky bedrock face before contracting back to a narrow stream at the base of the 45 foot falls. Unfortunately several trees block clear views from the side of the road, but with a little hazardous scrambling I was able to attain a good viewpoint. With a rope and a revisit, I hope to eventually get all the way to the base for better photos.
- McCoy Creek Falls is the Unofficial name of this waterfall.
From Monroe, follow SR 203 towards Duvall and turn right onto Ben Howard Road just south of the bridge over the Skykomish River. Follow Ben Howard Road for about 8 miles to a gated logging road on the right (south). Follow this road for two-thirds of a mile to where the falls can be heard in the ravine to the left. The gate on the road may be open, but can be locked at any time without warning, so it's up to you if you want to drive or walk to the falls.