Upper Dalles Creek Falls
Pierce 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
- Upper Dalles Creek Falls is the Official name of this waterfall
The name of the falls, obviously derived from the stream, is recognized by the Forest Service, as seen on the trail signs.
Location and directions
Located north of Mt. Rainier National Park, along the Mather Memorial Parkway (Highway 410). From the town of Greenwater, proceed south towards Mt. Rainier, for about 9.8 miles, to a wide turnout on the left side of the road, just after crossing Dalles Creek, and about 1/3 of a mile south of the Skookum Falls viewpoint. Palisades Trail # 1198 starts here, and climbs 1/5 of a mile to a junction with the White River Trail. Stay straight, following the signs for the falls, and in another mile, Lower Dalles Creek Falls are encountered, at the end of a short spur trail. Keep along the main trail, constantly switching back up the gorge. The unnamed ephemeral waterfall is encountered about 1/3 of a mile beyond the Lower Falls. Here, the trail climbs a neat staircase, etched into a fallen log, as it climbs more or less parallel with the small waterfall. Once at the top, continue another 1/2 mile to the Upper Falls. Not having gone in the full two miles, I can't say what the condition of any viewpoint may be. The bottom part of the falls can be accessed by hiking 500 feet upstream from the second bridge over Dalles Creek.
|Upper Dalles Creek Falls is shown in the center. Additional nearby waterfalls (if any) can be found in the list below.|
Additional Nearby Waterfalls
|Name of Waterfall||Distance|
|Lower Dalles Creek Falls||0.15 mi / 0.23 km|
|Snoquera Falls||0.73 mi / 1.17 km|
|Skookum Falls||0.81 mi / 1.3 km|
|Doe Falls||3.02 mi / 4.83 km|
|Goat Falls||4.39 mi / 7.02 km|
|Unnamed Waterfall||4.62 mi / 7.4 km|
|Unnamed Waterfall||4.65 mi / 7.44 km|
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Though a couple logs have decided to take up residence right in front of the falls, this is still a very scenic waterfall. The forest around the falls is not terribly thick, so the sun will filter through, but when clouds obstruct direct light, the trees render the scene rather dark.
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