The small creek forming Bishop Falls could be the most tumultuous in the North Fork Cispus drainage, but due to the fact that its waterfalls are hidden in a deep canyon, they aren't known well at all. Bishop Falls is the first of two substantial waterfalls in the canyon, occurring immediately below FR 78. The falls start off sliding down a pitched formation, making an S bend towards the bottom, then quickly plunging 60 feet to the canyon floor. Shortly downstream there is another waterfall of 60 feet or more that might be considered a lower tier of Bishop Falls (closer inspection will reveal the status).
- Bishop Falls is the name of this waterfall.
The name for the falls was suggested as it drains from a portion of Bishop Ridge.
First off, I don't recommend this waterfall be visited. The slopes leading to the views of the falls are very steep and rather crumbly. Starting out in the town of Randle, follow SR 131 south and left at the junction (towards Trout Lake). Turn left onto North Fork Cispus Road # 22 after traveling for 11 1/2 miles from Randle. Follow FR 22 to the end of the pavement (6 miles) and turn right onto FR 78. About 2 miles from FR 22, the unnamed creek will be crossed. Park at the large pullout 1/5th of a mile before the creek. The falls are best accessed by walking about 200 feet up the road then plunging down the slope to the canyon rim. The approach is dangerous and the viewpoints are very scarce, so exersize plenty of caution.