Lower Schweitzer Falls

RATING - 14.0

VR - 2.0 (Sm) HR - 5.0 SR - 4/20


DIFFICULTY - Difficult

LOCATION - Mt. Pilchuck

TYPE - Bushwhack

HEIGHT - 110'

WIDTH - 10'

GPS - 48* 03.525' N, 121* 41.770' W


DIRECTIONS - Follow the directions to Schweitzer Falls. Park at the fork just before that waterfall and scramble down the right side of the creek. It's super messy in there with tons of logs laying around the steep hillside. If you work really hard you can get through-the-trees views of some of the tiers.

Lower Schweitzer Falls is a series of small drops located just below a Forest Service road on Mt. Pilchuck. The reddish-brown waters of Schweitzer Creek drop a total of 110' through a twisty, debris-filled mini-canyon. Due to the twisted nature of the canyon, the massive amount of logs and debris covering the creek, and trees blocking almost all of the views, this waterfall is really difficult to see and certainly not worth the effort. With a lot of work I was able to get a clear view of the lowermost tier and, as you can see in the picture to the left, it is just buried in logs and branches. This is kind of a shame because this would be a cool little drop if it was cleaner. I would just leave this waterfall alone unless you really, REALLY need to see it and have a little time to kill in the area.