Engle Falls

RATING - 59.2

VR - 5.4 (Med) HR - 8.0 SR - 16/20



LOCATION - Miller River Road

TYPE - Tiered

HEIGHT - 489'

WIDTH - 20'

GPS - N47 39.632 W121 21.847


DIRECTIONS - Turn off of Highway 2 onto Money Creek Road about 3 miles west of Skykomish. In 1 mile, turn onto Miller River Road and follow it for about 3.5 miles to the bridge over the West Fork. Just past this, the top 1/3 of the falls should be visible to your left over a mile away. It's also possible to reach the base (as evidenced by all these pictures), but it's a difficult and hazardous journey.

When the snow is melting, Engle Creek contains one of the most impressive waterfalls in Northwest Washington, and from what I can tell the falls was completely undocumented until I reached the base.

The falls begin with a sheer plunge of 411' over a massive cliff face. When the volume of the creek is lower, the falls hit the cliff part way down and spread out in a variety of misty plunges. Below this it drops again, plunging another 78', bringing the total to 489'. There are several cascades downstream that could potentially be added to the overall height, but this seems a bit unnecessary. The best view of the falls is from the north side of the creek, looking right into the face of the two tiers. This involves fording the creek but if you've made it that far, a little water and some more climbing isn't going to stop you. Please excuse the picture overload of this one. It's one of my favorites.

Above - Engle Falls from the road

Center - The gigantic upper tier of Engle Falls

Right - Engle Falls from right at the bottom

Tammie sitting at the bottom of Engle Falls while I do something stupid

Said, stupid thing I did, climbing way up the left side of the falls