Snohomish County, Washington
Canyon Falls is a name lacking color yet very fitting for this waterfall of the South Fork Skykomish River. The falls drop 26 feet over a heavily sculpted outcrop of reddish granite into a long, narrow gorge, within which the river drops another 18 feet before exiting into a large pool downstream. The falls are surrounded by private residence and has not been accessible to the public since the early-90s. There have been altercations with the landowners in the area in recent years and fairly intense security systems have been installed to dissuade visitors. Please do not attempt to visit this waterfall unless public access is / can be restored, or unless you receive specific permission to do so from a landowner in the area.
As of late 2011, the Snohomish County Public Utility District has proposed building a dam on the South Fork Skykomish River just upstream of Canyon Falls, which would divert as much as 2,500 cubic feet of water per second away from the river. During springtime flows, this would result in as much as half of the river being diverted away from the falls, and during autumn and winter months may result in as much as 90 percent of the river being diverted. Prescribed releases would ensure the falls would continue flowing, but chances are they would not be more than 100-200 cubic feet per second, which is anywhere from one-fourth to one-eighth of the average volume of the river during its lowest natural flows in the late summer months.
History and Naming
Canyon Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.
Location & Directions
Coordinates: 47.80381, -121.53494 Elevation: 636 feet USGS Map: Index 7 1/2"
Canyon Falls occurs within a private development which does not allow general public access to the falls. Please do not attempt to visit the falls unless you have received explicit permission from a resident in the area.View this location in Google Earth
Other Nearby Waterfalls
By The Numbers
Num of Drops
CatalogedWaterfalls which are Cataloged we have visited and surveyed in person. Statistical information should be quite accurate (for the most part), and exact measurements will often be available (information is not guaranteed to always be up to date). Detailed information, directions, and photographs will almost always be available.
ConfirmedConfirmed Waterfalls are known to exist, should be relatively accurately mapped and geotagged, and the statistical information available will often be dependable. If height information is presented, it may be estimated but should be accurate. Directions will not likely be available.
UnconfirmedUnconfirmed Waterfalls are often marked on a published map, but we have yet to confirm the exact location and / or whether or not its stature is significant enough to qualify for listing in the database. Statistical information may be estimated and may be inaccurate. No directions.
UnknownWaterfalls marked as Unknown are either suspected to exist based on heresay or a hunch, or we have received unverified information suggesting a waterfall may exist near the location provided but cannot corroborate it in any way. Geodata may not be accurate, the location may not be known at all, and statistical information will be estimated and highly inaccurate.
InundatedInundated Waterfalls have been submerged beneath lakes or reservoirs, usually a result of impoundment of a river behind a dam, and most often no longer functionally exist (there may be rare exceptions). We maintain records for these features out of historical importance.
SubterraneanThough not common, some waterfalls can be found entirely underground within cave systems. Access to subterranean waterfalls can vary from easy via developed walkways to requiring a high level of extremely technical spelunking skill, including familiarity with ropework and a distinct lack of claustrophobia.
DisqualifiedWaterfalls which have been marked as Disqualified do not have the necessary stature or features to qualify as a legitimate waterfall according to our criteria. We will maintain records for entries with this status where the feature is well known and / or may have been historically referred to as a waterfall at some point in time.
PostedPosted Waterfalls are known to exist, and we may have a large amount of information associated with them, but are located on private property and are not legally accessible to the general public. Accessing waterfalls with this status should not be attempted without first being explicitly granted permission of the property owner.