Emerald Grotto Falls

RATING - 28.0

VR - 4.0 (Sm/M) HR - 2.0 SR - 20/20


DIFFICULTY - Very Difficult

LOCATION - Sultan Basin

TYPE - Segmented

HEIGHT - 33'

WIDTH - 20'

DIRECTIONS - No directions provided. Dangerous access.

While Olney Creek has lost a lot of its volume by this point, the smaller stream runs through a beautiful canyon at this point with at least three small waterfalls in it. I was only able to view two of these three on my first trip into the area.

Emerald Grotto Falls is a stunning waterfall, dropping into a narrow grotto surrounded by moss-covered cliffs and a beautiful evergreen forest. A logjam downstream has created a beautiful locale with a perfect gravel bar leading up to the falls. While this is a small waterfall, it's among the prettiest I've ever seen.

Above this location the canyon gets very steep, very deep, and very dangerous so I recommend turning around after taking your pictures here and heading back out the way you came as opposed to climbing further up the canyon.

View from above the canyon