The North Cascades have so many of these sort of glacially-fed, thousand foot plus waterfalls that I've developed a rather modest "ho-hum"Â complex about them, especially when I'm only afforded taunting distant glimpses of the entire waterfall - in this case, the falls flowing off the Hagen Glacier at the headwaters of Blum Creek. The largest source of Blum Creek skips down glacially polished slabs before turning into a more vertical waterfall, dropping around 1600 feet from its source. A portion of this can be easily seen from the Baker River Trail in the vicinity of the suspension bridge spanning the Baker River, but close approaches require a much more difficult scramble toward the Blum Lakes (or a helicopter).
- Blum Basin Falls is the Unofficial name of this waterfall.
This waterfall was photographed some time in the early 20th century, possibly by Asahel Curtis, but it appears it was not named at the time.
There are two places to see this one effectively. The easiest is from the Baker River Trail, about 300 feet before the suspension bridge crossing the Baker River (about 1/2 mile walk from the end of the Baker River Road) leads the Baker Lake trail from the opposite side of the valley. The other is from about 1/2 mile up the Shuksan Lake trail, which is extremely steep and not recommended at all unless you have an attraction to physical punishment.