Lasiocarpa Falls

RATING - 24.0

VR - 2.0 (Sm) HR - 6.0 SR - 12/20


DIFFICULTY - Extremely Difficult

LOCATION - Wells Creek Area

TYPE - Cascades

HEIGHT - 175'

WIDTH - 10'

GPS - N48 50.994 W121 46.290


DIRECTIONS - No directions provided. Dangerous approach.

Located right next door to Middle Sholes Creek Falls, Lasiocarpa Falls provides a little sugar to that spice. The small creek that drains off Lasiocarpa Ridge begins its descent towards Sholes Creek with a 45' tall horsetail. Below there it cascades for about 40 vertical feet before finishing with two back-to-back 30' drops. The whole series of drops totals about 145' in height in a very pretty, gentle drop that contrasts well with the powerful plunge on Sholes Creek.

Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get a clear view. The bottom of the falls is too close to Middle Sholes Creek Falls to making viewing it from there possible and the brush lining the creek, combined with the way it drops, makes seeing the falls very difficult. To see the largest drop, one would have to cross the creek above the falls (which looks very doable by staying atop the ridge) and then scrambling along the top of the cliff. This might be pretty sketchy though. The one view I found was standing directly on top of the lowest tier, starring right into the face of the second tier up. From there the big top tier can be seen through the brush.

This creek appears to harbor several more waterfalls further upstream. I'm hoping to check those out next time I'm in the area, but it's pretty easy to get distracted by Middle Sholes.

Left - Dana at the base of Middle Sholes/Lasiocarpa Falls

Right - Looking up at Lasiocarpa Falls

Below left - About halfway down the falls

Below right - Looking at Middle Sholes from partway up Lasiocarpa Falls