While paths and well work treads - as well as trash - are indications that this waterfall is no secret, this is most likely one that should be left to collectors (in no part because of it's out-of-the-way locale). Occurring literally right below the road, Mesatchee Creek cascades down a steep slope before plunging over a 30-foot wall into a beautiful canyon. Oddly, Mesatchee Creek seems to be a much larger stream than nearby Big Creek, despite Big Creek being fed by a large lake and having a comparable drainage area. The resulting roar in the spring is almost surprisingly loud for such a small waterfall. Scenic qualities aside, this isn't a waterfall for everyone. The falls can be seen through the trees from the rim of the canyon, but best views require a steep - though not terribly difficult - scramble down a slope in the range of 60 degrees where a rope would be quite appropriate. Definitely not something recommended for the weekend warrior.
- Lower Mesatchee Falls is the name of this waterfall.
Located on the north side of Sawtooth Ridge near the Nisqually Entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. Follow Highway 706 east from Ashford for about 2 Â½ miles to FR 52, signed for Big Creek and Packwood. Follow Road 52 for about 4 Â¾ miles to FR 84 and turn right. Follow FR 84 for just over 2 miles to the crossing of Mesatchee Creek, and park at the informal campsite on the left side of the creek. From the campsite, find a path that heads downstream for about 50 feet until you reach a large stump, where the falls can be seen through the trees in the canyon below. Scrambling to the base requires a steep downclimb of about 75 feet, where a rope would be handy.