With Mount Rainier looming grandly over Edith Creek, Myrtle Falls provides one of the signature views of the Northwest's landmark mountain. On any given day, your chances of running into a serious photographer at Myrtle Falls are quite good. The falls themselves mark the beginning of the short, but very impressive gorge that Edith Creek has carved as it cascades to the Paradise Valley below. The falls skip 72 feet down jagged rocks, starting off wide, and condensing to a narrow stream at the base of the falls. The falls flow year round, however snow at Paradise makes the falls inaccessible, as well as impractical to photograph, between November and July, though there are always exception years (mid-July of 2000 there was still 3 to 4 feet of snow of the ground at the falls).
- Myrtle Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.
Myrtle Falls was named in 1907 by Julius Stampfler, a former guide for Mt. Rainier National Park, for a woman whom he met on a guided tour.
Located in the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park. Follow signs to the Paradise Inn and Ranger Station at the large parking lot in Paradise. From there, find the Skyline Trail, or any sign pointing towards Myrtle Falls and the Golden Gate trail. The falls are reached after about 4/10 of a mile of easy, level walking.