Whatcom County, Washington, United States
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This waterfall has been surveyed, mapped and measured in person by the World Waterfall Database.
HISTORY AND NAMES
- Twin Falls is the Historical name of this waterfall
The falls were obviously named for the side-by-side segments which the creek forms as it drops over the falls. Though both segments can't be seen in tandem today, I suspect they may have been visible together when the falls were named. The falls were marked by name on a 1912 map of the Mount Baker area, and may have been discovered by the Easton Party. The Glacier-Mount Baker Trail, which climbed to the cabin at Camp Heliotrope (now gone), crossed Lookout Creek near the base of the falls. The grade which the trail climbed can still be seen between the two segments of the falls.
Location and directions
Located on Heliotrope Ridge on the north side of Mount Baker. Heading east from Maple Falls, along Highway 542, just 7/10 of a mile to Glacier Creek Road, and turn right. Follow Glacier Creek Road for about 5 1/2 miles to where the road crosses Lookout Creek. The creek isn't labeled, so keep watch for three crossings of a small stream, as the road climbs steeply up the hillside; Lookout Creek is the third crossing. Though falls are only about 1/5 of a mile upstream from the road, getting close to the falls is a slow task. The route isn't terribly difficult, but will require perseverance, and perhaps a machete to hack through the numerous Devil's Club stalks that line the creek. If you plan on climbing to clear viewpoints of the right segment of the falls (not recommended), plan on scaling a very steep slope. Fording the creek may be necessary at several points. I do not recommend this trek unless you are familiar and comfortable with off-trail scrambling.
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Additional Nearby Waterfalls
|Name of Waterfall||Distance|
|Clearwater Falls||1.82 mi / 2.91 km|
|Skyline Falls||1.85 mi / 2.96 km|
|Smith Creek Falls||2.24 mi / 3.58 km|
|Rock Gnome Falls||2.27 mi / 3.63 km|
|Kulshan Falls||2.52 mi / 4.04 km|
|Upper Kulshan Falls||2.74 mi / 4.39 km|
|Unnamed Waterfall||2.78 mi / 4.46 km|
|Hogsback Falls||3 mi / 4.8 km|
|Heliotrope Falls||3.24 mi / 5.18 km|
|Warm Creek Falls||3.24 mi / 5.19 km|
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Twin Falls is difficult to photograph due to the twisting nature of the canyons. The more voluminous of the two branches can only be photographed from mid-stream or by climbing out onto a precarious perch atop a large mossy (slick) log at the base of the largest drop. The southern of the two segments is easier to see from the streambed (partially visible from the road) but will still require maneuvering around boulders and walking in the creek. The falls face east and are best lit in the late afternoon.
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