Mazurki Falls

RATING - 24.0

VR - 3.6 (Sm/M) HR - 5.0 SR - 6/20


DIFFICULTY - Fairly Difficult

LOCATION - Newhalem Area

TYPE - Cascades

HEIGHT - 150'

WIDTH - 48'

DIRECTIONS - Drive east along Highway 20 to Thornton Creek Road (just before Newhalem). In about a mile, turn left onto a gated road with a large pull out (it should be the second road after Thornton Ck Rd). Park and walk up the road for 3/4 of a mile to Babcock Creek. The falls are about 1/2 a mile upstream. The easiest route is just to scramble right up the creek bed.

This pretty waterfall is located right next door to Lower Babcock Creek Falls and consists of at least three tiers totally around 150' in height. The lowermost tier is a pretty fan-shaped drop that tumbles down the cliff for 78', spreading out to 48' wide by the time it reaches the bottom. Just upstream is another fan-shaped drop and a third tier lies just upstream from that. I will give Babcock Creek Falls one more attempt before I declare it unreachable and I will make a full survey of this waterfall at that time as well.

There is at least one more waterfall on this same creek (or more likely the creek is one continuous waterfall) further upstream. I have no idea how difficult that one would be to reach however. I've named this waterfall after Michael Mazurki who was an early trapper in the area around Newhalem.