Clear Creek Falls

White Pass / Wenatchee National Forest, Washington, USA

About Clear Creek Falls


Hiking Distance: about 0.4 miles round-trip
Suggested Time: about 30 minutes

Date first visited: 2021-06-21
Date last visited: 2021-06-21

Waterfall Latitude: 46.65623
Waterfall Longitude: -121.35066

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Clear Creek Falls was a convenient roadside stop near White Pass, which overlooked Rimrock Lake as well as the eastern slope of Mt Rainier.

This waterfall, which flowed on the North Fork Clear Creek was said to drop a total of 300ft, but I was only able to see a fraction of that from the official lookouts.

Clear_Creek_Falls_038_06212021 - Clear Creek Falls
Clear Creek Falls

These lookouts only revealed a partial view of an upper tier and a more complete view of the main lower tier as well as a distant contextual view towards Rimrock Lake.

I’m sure there are more tiers or cascades in between these lookouts given how deep the canyon harboring Clear Creek is, but I’d imagine a drone would be required to view the entirety of Clear Creek Falls.

To get the most out of my visit to the viewpoint area, I went upstream from the parking lot (see directions below) to get the partial view of the upper drop of Clear Creek Falls.

Once I had my fill of this lookout, I had a choice of walking the well-defined path behind the restroom or along the fence preventing me from the cliffs.

Clear_Creek_Falls_004_06212021 - Partial view of the upper drop of Clear Creek Falls
Partial view of the upper drop of Clear Creek Falls

The lookout close to the picnic table and a tall tree revealed the main drop of Clear Creek Falls, but I felt the most complete view of it was a little further downstream.

Further downstream from the lookout of the main drop of the falls, the path ended at a signed lookout with an open vista facing Rimrock Lake.

Overall, I spent roughly 30 minutes to take it all in, but in hindsight, I probably could have driven a little further east on the US12 towards a lookout around a bend that would have given me a more distant but contextual view of Clear Creek Falls.

Finally, in terms of lighting, I also should have visited this overlook in the morning since Clear Creek Falls faced east.

Authorities

Clear Creek Falls resides in the Wenatchee National Forest between Packwood and Natches in Yakima County, Washington. It is administered by the USDA Forest Service. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Clear_Creek_Falls_005_06212021 - Making my way upstream from the Clear Creek Falls Overlook parking lot to get to the view of the Upper Clear Creek Falls
Clear_Creek_Falls_007_06212021 - Looking down at part of the upper drop of Clear Creek Falls from its sanctioned lookout
Clear_Creek_Falls_007_iPhone_06212021 - Broad view of the upper drop of Clear Creek Falls
Clear_Creek_Falls_010_06212021 - Looking back towards the parking lot for the Clear Creek Falls Overlook from the lookout for the upper falls
Clear_Creek_Falls_016_06212021 - Looking downstream while walking along the fence connecting the lookouts for the upper and lower drops of Clear Creek Falls
Clear_Creek_Falls_019_06212021 - Following along the fence that kept me away from the cliffs as I was looking for the best possible spots to view Clear Creek Falls safely
Clear_Creek_Falls_021_06212021 - Looking back at the developed path from the restroom facility towards the lookout for the main drop of Clear Creek Falls
Clear_Creek_Falls_022_06212021 - Broad look across a sign and tall tree towards the lookout for the main drop of Clear Creek Falls
Clear_Creek_Falls_025_06212021 - Context of the tall tree and the picnic table near the lookout for the main drop of Clear Creek Falls
Clear_Creek_Falls_032_06212021 - Partial view of the main drop of Clear Creek Falls from its lookout
Clear_Creek_Falls_035_06212021 - The full view of Clear Creek Falls' main drop when I went a little further downstream from its overlook to improve the view
Clear_Creek_Falls_041_06212021 - Looking way downstream from the end of the short trail towards Rimrock Lake
Clear_Creek_Falls_043_06212021 - Apparently, someone lost his life around Clear Creek Falls and so loved ones must have erected this shrine in memory of him. This probably illustrates why you definitely want to stay away from the cliff edges here
Clear_Creek_Falls_047_06212021 - More focused look at some of the rugged volcanic cliffs as seen from the Clear Creek Falls Overlook
Clear_Creek_Falls_048_06212021 - Looking across Clear Creek towards the context of some side cascade feeding the South Fork Clear Creek
Clear_Creek_Falls_049_06212021 - Looking along the fence towards the end of the trail at the Clear Creek Falls Overlook
Clear_Creek_Falls_051_06212021 - Focused look directly across the ravine of Clear Creek Falls towards a side cascade
Clear_Creek_Falls_052_06212021 - Looking back at the context of the fencing and the top of the main drop of Clear Creek Falls
Clear_Creek_Falls_017_iPhone_06212021 - Another contextual look at the context of the main drop of Clear Creek Falls and the fencing keeping me away from the cliffs


The Clear Creek Falls Overlook is accessed from the US12 between Packwood and Natches.

From Packwood, I just drove about 21.5 miles east on the US12 (passing by a scenic view of Mt Rainier at around 15.6 miles and White Pass at around 19.6 miles).

Clear_Creek_Falls_014_06212021 - The well-signed parking area for the Clear Creek Falls Overlook
The well-signed parking area for the Clear Creek Falls Overlook

This drive took me around 30 minutes.

From Natches, I would drive west on the US12 for about 36.5 miles, and it’s said to be about a 45-minute drive.

As for geographical context, Packwood is about 73 miles (about 90 minutes drive) west of Yakima, 70 miles (under 2 hours drive) south of Puyallup, 108 miles (over 2 hours drive) south of Seattle, and 141 miles (over 2 hours drive) northeast of Portland, Oregon.

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Exploring the upper waterfall from three different spots as well as its context


Brief sweep from the first of the overlooks of the lower waterfall


Downstream to upstream sweep of the lower waterfall from the most frontal view that I could get


Longer video starting with downstream view towards some lake in the distance before going up towards the most frontal view of the lower drop of Clear Creek Falls that I could get

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