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Steamboat Falls
   Skamania County, Washington

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Steamboat Falls is an attractive 58 foot tall waterfall tucked in a gorge hidden from all semblance of humanity high up in the course of the Lewis River. The falls are actually very close to a major road but that the canyon is hidden from view by a small hill makes it impossible to tell there is a waterfall at this location without aid of a GPS and maps. The falls crash down a narrow chute into a slot gorge then spread out in an attractive veil which pours into a nice pool that could serve well for swimming for those who make the scramble to the falls.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Steamboat Falls is the Unofficial name of this waterfall.

This waterfall has no known name and very little documentation. Since I can't find a single geographic feature in proximity to the falls which the falls can be named after, I've opted to call it after the USGS Steamboat Mountain quadrangle that it occurs on (even though Steamboat Mountain is nowhere near the falls). I'm more than open to suggestions for a better name for this one.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

difficult access

Steamboat Falls is located 1 3/4 miles upstream of the Twin Falls Campground along the Lewis River on the west flank of Mount Adams in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Take Forest Road 90 1.3 miles east from the Twin Falls Campground to the junction of FR 9031 and park in the limited space on the uphill side of the road. Because there is no room to park closer to the falls its necessary to walk up FR 90 for a little more than 1/4 mile to the top of the small hill. When you can easily climb up the bank on the right (across from a large rockslide area), walk through the woods for 100 feet to the edge of the canyon. Animal paths can be found leading very steeply down to the river and the falls. The climb down to the river loses almost 200 vertical feet, so be prepared for a grunt coming back up, and make sure you're comfortable climbing down in the first place, its easy to fall and not a lot would stop you from rolling all the way to the bottom.

Latitude

46.22888 N

Longitude

-121.64652 W

Elevation

2906 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Steamboat Mountain 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Big Spring Creek Falls

1.692 miles

Twin Falls

2.236 miles

Unnamed Waterfall

2.355 miles

Unnamed Waterfall

2.553 miles

Riley Creek Falls

3.187 miles

Middle Riley Creek Falls

3.29 miles

Upper Riley Creek Falls

3.45 miles

Babyshoe Falls

3.993 miles

Upper Pin Creek Falls

4.048 miles

Pin Head Falls

4.096 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

49.46

IWC

2.73  (Class 3)

RATING

52.15 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

58 feet

Tallest Drop

32 feet

Num. Drops

2

AVG. Width

15 feet

Pitch

90 degrees

Run

75 feet

Primary Form

Tiered Plunges

 

Watershed

Lewis River

Stream

Lewis River

AVG. Volume

175.0 cfs

Source

Glacier

Seasonality

Best Flows

Spring - Summer

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

Jul 08, 2011

Added a picture(s) of this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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