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    Deception Falls

    by GuthrieColin Updated Jan 16, 2010
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    For anyone thinking, these waterfalls look great but I don’t think that they are safe enough to bring my small children on, here is your answer. The loop trail at Deception Falls State Park is a great location for a short hike on a well developed trail which also has well developed viewpoints.
    Having said that, I usually don’t stay on the trail and many of my pictures may have been taken in locations that I determined to be better viewpoints.
    Deception Falls is driven over by thousands of motorists on Hwy 2 every day. It lies in the Stevens Pass historic district which is the area where early settlers of western Washington built railways over the cascade mountain range.
    The falls are spanned by two bridges one is a foot bridge that links the walking path to the upper falls and the other is an over passing Hwy 2. The foot bridge is not typically very slippery, but use caution anyway. The water below is very cold so a slip of would be a very unpleasant experience. The altitude and proximity to the ski area means that Deception Falls is surrounded by a blanket of snow in most of the winter months.
    Deception Falls covers a drop in elevation of 60 feet (18 m)and it is in the upper part of the falls that most of the falling is done. The path to the top goes underneath the hwy and ends on a platform which looks out on the top of the falls.

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    Crack in the Earth Falls

    by GuthrieColin Written Jan 16, 2010
    Crack in the Earth Falls
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    For anyone thinking, these waterfalls look great but I don’t think that they are safe enough to bring my small children on, here is your answer. The loop trail at Deception Falls State Park is a great location for a short hike on a well developed trail which also has well developed viewpoints.
    Having said that, I usually don’t stay on the trail and many of my pictures may have been taken in locations that I determined to be better viewpoints.
    Oh, the waterfall with the constantly changing name. I learned about this fall when it was being most commonly referred to as Crack in the Earth Falls. It has also been called Crack in the Ground Falls and now L Falls. I like Crack in the Earth Falls the best so that is what I’m going with here.
    The falls are fairly small at 27 feet (8 meters) but what it lacks in height it makes up for in interesting geology. For some reason or another the river at this point takes a 90 degree turn mid plunge and follows a crack in the rock. It could be an old fault or just a weak layer of rock but for whatever reason it is interesting.

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    Monkey Cage Falls

    by GuthrieColin Written Jan 16, 2010
    Monkey Cage Falls
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    For anyone thinking, these waterfalls look great but I don’t think that they are safe enough to bring my small children on, here is your answer. The loop trail at Deception Falls State Park is a great location for a short hike on a well developed trail which also has well developed viewpoints.
    Having said that, I usually don’t stay on the trail and many of my pictures may have been taken in locations that I determined to be better viewpoints.
    Monkey Cage Falls is a very nice little waterfall with a viewpoint that is almost unfortunately placed too close to the waterfall itself. The falls are only 16 feet (5 meters) but take on the full volume of the large tributary Tye River.
    These falls were named by kayakers for the crowds that gathered on the viewing platform to watch people go over the falls and cheer them on. I am not certain when the best time of the year is to have that experience but I’m sure it would be more toward the summer months since this is a very cold river.

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    Scenic Falls

    by GuthrieColin Written Jan 16, 2010
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    Scenic Falls is a waterfall that can be extremely photogenic or a complete wash depending on how much water is flowing. I’ve been to this waterfall about 5 times and each time I was hoping that the water level would be lower. Finally I got what I was hoping for and some snow as well.
    At 113 feet (34 meters) the falls is fairly tall but it is the manner which it makes its way down the cliff that makes it interesting. This waterfall is steps back and forth across rocks the whole way down. It is located very near the highway and I’m fairly surprised that more people don’t visit this beautiful waterfall.

    Directions:
    From Skykomish travel 6 miles to a dirt road and turn right. The road will split immediately. Take the left and follow that road over a small bridge and then over the railroad tracks. From there find the still smaller forest service road on the far side of the parking lot. Park there and walk about 100 feet up the road before taking a right into the forest on a faint path. Follow that for about .2 of a mile to the falls.

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    Log Choke Falls

    by GuthrieColin Written Jan 16, 2010
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    Log Choke Falls is not a very creative name for this falls but it is fitting, that is until the log is swept away by some large volume of water. This log seems pretty well stuck however so the name will be suitable for a while.
    This waterfall is about 35 feet (10 meters) tall and consists of two steps. The namesake log parallels the main tier and in higher levels of water gets slightly inundated by the water.
    Local kayakers have run this fall and were likely the original people to name this waterfall. There were at that time even more logs wedged in this fall than there are now. Viewing this fall is very easy as it lies just off the highway. If you were in a semi or a tall vehicle you may even be able to see it over the guard rail.

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    Alpine Falls

    by GuthrieColin Updated Jan 16, 2010
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    Alpine Falls is about 40 feet (12 m) tall but caries a fairly large volume of water. It is also very easy to get to. From the turnout follow one of many paths to the river and work your way down to the base of the falls.
    The amphitheater around the falls makes for a very visually compelling site and in high water it becomes a complete monster. When the water levels are lower however it can be much more delicate. The sound of the falls is certainly loud enough to cancel out most of the highway noise above.

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    Klinger Grotto Falls

    by GuthrieColin Written Jan 16, 2010
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    Klinger Grotto Falls is interesting in many ways. It falls about 60 feet (18 meters) right behind a large boulder that prevents any direct views but adds to the mossy Washington-ness of it.
    The falls are located just a few hundred feet from the busy Hwy 2 but cannot be seen from the highway. This fact makes them somewhat difficult to find. Particularly when considering that there is no sign or visible trail which leads to them.

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    Stevens Pass

    by GuthrieColin Updated Dec 27, 2007

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    Stevens Pass is in my opinion the best ski resort that is close to Seattle. It usually gets more snow than Snoqualmie and has a larger area. The runs are also longer.
    The Lodge has a restraunt that serves pizza and other non native food. It is fairly expensive but for the convenience of eating on the mountain it's worth it. The bar does serve beer, mostly local brewed but you cannot get pitchers.

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    Railway Bridges

    by GuthrieColin Updated Dec 8, 2007
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    While driving from Everett toward Wenatchee the views seen along the road are awesome. Their are several rail bridges along the way as the train tracks cross the river and weave with the road as well.
    Many of these bridges are over 100 years old but continue to see traffic every day. Be careful though the speed limit is 60 MPH the whole way minus a few spots and if your eyes are looking elsewhere you could easily get in an accident.

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