TYPE OF APPROACH - Bushwhack
DIFFICULTY - Medium
LOCATION - Lake Samish Area
TYPE - Fan
HEIGHT - 90'
WIDTH - 60'
GPS - N48 41.532 W122 23.189
ELEVATION - 687'
About 3/4 of a mile upstream from I-5, small
Silver Creek splits in two. At this fork,
the right hand section of the creek dumps over
an large and stunning waterfall. The falls
horsetail about 45' before hitting a ledge and
splitting into several braided segments for the
final 45' of waterfall. The cliff wall
itself is interesting geologically, being
composed of a conglomerate rock (basically
natural concrete). The height and width of
the falls, as well as the narrow canyon, make it
difficult to get the whole falls in a picture.
The creek is pretty small and late in the summer
I would suspect the falls are not much to look
The trip up to the falls is fairly enjoyable, crossing the small creek several times, climbing over logjams, and even around a small dam. Several small streams join Silver Creek via tinkling waterfalls including one place where two streams enter on opposite sides at the same time. In the winter of 2009, this tiny creek "enjoyed" a massive flood and the evidence of that flood is noticeable on the journey up. While this journey might be a little much for very small children, it's nothing horribly difficult and older kids will probably enjoy it a lot, especially on a hot summer day.
- Take exit 246 just south of Bellingham and
circle around to just east of the overpass above
the freeway. A road heads south here,
paralleling the freeway. Park at the end
of the road and follow the dirt road that heads
east along the creek. When the road peters
out, continue following the creek upstream,
passing a small dam at about 1/2 a mile.
Several creek crosses are necessary but the way
is obvious for most of the trip. When you
get to the falls, you can't miss it.
NEARBY WATERFALLS - FREEWAY FALLS
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