Skyline Falls – Exploring Washington’s Hidden Waterfalls

Skyline Falls, located in Washington, is a true hidden treasure for waterfall enthusiasts and hikers alike. This picturesque waterfall, nestled in a lush green forest, offers a stunning view of its uppermost tier that will leave you breathless. In this article, we will provide a comprehensive overview of Skyline Falls, including how to get there, a description of the waterfall itself, and other nearby hikes and attractions you can explore.

Skyline Falls – Quick Look

Waterfall Type: Tiered
Height: 150′
Width: 10′
Type of Approach: Bushwhack
Difficulty: Fairly Difficult
Location: Glacier Creek Road
Coordinates: 48° 50′ 41″ N, 121° 53′ 35″ W
Elevation: 2,722′

Other Waterfalls In This Series

Little Mashell Falls • Wells Creek Falls • Devil’s Peak Falls • Edith Gorge Falls • Clayton Beach Falls • Racehorse FallsBlueberry Falls • Cougar Creek Falls • Coal Creek Falls • Lake Creek Falls • Colonial Creek Falls • Cavern Falls

The Waterfall Itself

Skyline Falls is a tiered waterfall that originates from the creek on Chowder Ridge and Skyline Divide. The breathtaking uppermost tier features a 20-foot tall, 30-foot wide convex, U-shaped drop, which is considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the area.

Below this drop, the waterfall cascades over several smaller tiers before plummeting through the middle of an old road, totaling around 50 feet in height. The lower sections of Skyline Falls include two back-to-back drops, approximately 80 feet tall, which are difficult to view clearly.

How To Get There

To reach Skyline Falls, drive up Glacier Creek Road and cross the bridge over Glacier Creek.

Just before the road begins to climb towards the Heliotrope Ridge Trail, you will see an overgrown road leading left towards the creek. Park at the pullout before the road and start walking down the brushy path. Take a right at the first fork (first switchback) and a left at the second fork (third switchback).

The creek and upper sections of the falls can be seen from the road after the second fork.

Reaching the stunning uppermost tier requires climbing a 20-foot cliff next to the road and scrambling through the woods.

Other Hikes and Attractions Nearby

While visiting Skyline Falls, you may also want to explore other nearby attractions, including the Heliotrope Ridge Trail, which offers a fantastic hiking experience and stunning views of the surrounding area. The nearby town of Glacier also boasts various recreational opportunities, including hiking, skiing, and mountain biking.


Skyline Falls is a must-see destination for anyone seeking a unique and picturesque waterfall experience. Although it requires a bit of effort to reach the uppermost tier, the view is well worth the trouble. Don’t forget to explore the other nearby hikes and attractions to make the most of your visit to this beautiful part of Washington State.

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