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See a historic waterfall behind the Gorge Powerhouse on a trail built to demonstrate the power of the Cascades' waters


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0.8

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Loop

621' 189 m

High

511' 156 m

Low

116' 35 m

Up

116' 35 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

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Features Historical Significance · River/Creek · Waterfall

Family Friendly This is a short and paved trail perfect for families looking for a stop just off the road

Overview

A short, paved trail to a falls behind the Gorge Powerhouse. The falls are illuminated by a nightly lightshow running from dusk to midnight year-round, yet the falls themselves are a sight to behold at any time of day

Description

There are signs near the powerhouse marking the trail, which is paved and lined with several benches. Take a moment to enjoy the falls, then return to your car via a suspension bridge over the Skagit River.

History & Background

The Ladder Creek Falls trail was build to celebrate the construction of the Gorge Powerhouse and demonstrate the power of the waters running the facility. Since its construction the falls have shrunk considerably, yet are still accessible via this trail.

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Ryan W

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Ladder Creek Falls in the fall
Mar 6, 2020 near Diablo, WA

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Jun 27, 2023
Shay Quirk
Short walk, not sure I would even call this a hike. Lots of benches for sitting, but also lots of stairs.
Sep 5, 2022
Brandon Free
Aug 15, 2022
Tom Herr
Beautiful loop over 2 bridges to see the falls. Lots of informative signs along the way. Loved it! 0.5mi
Jun 19, 2022
Scott Johnson
Danielle, Rhyan, Alex, & Chris 0.5mi
Sep 4, 2021
Michael Schieferecke
Nice hike. 0.5mi — 0h 25m
Jul 26, 2021
David Scott
Jul 22, 2021
Kristy Van
silly historical stuff. lights and music piped in starting in the 1920s
Jul 19, 2021
Kayla Lyman
0.6mi
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