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Bear Creek Falls — Feb 21, 2014 — geezerhiker
Day hike
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I thought that the waterfalls of Bear Creek would be thundering after so much rain. They were aweso...
I thought that the waterfalls of Bear Creek would be thundering after so much rain. They were awesome!

If asked to name the wettest, soggiest trail in the North Cascades, I would pick Bear Creek. There was snow along the creek in the vicinity of Baker Lake Road, but none near the falls. The trail is a soggy mess, but worth the trip to the falls.

I took snowshoes and left them in my truck. I took spikes and left them in my pack. I wore waterproof boots, gaiters, rain pants, and a waterproof shell and was pleased with my preparation for the hike.

Look at my early trip reports for directions to the various waterfalls along the creek. Today I visited the upper falls, the middle falls, and Abandonment Falls by the abandoned power house.

Evidence of other hikers was completely lacking. The old bridge over the Abandonment Creek tributary still supports a hiker, but it is starting to rot. I hope the bridge can be replaced when it fails so we won't lose access to the waterfalls.

It was raining when I went through Sedro Woolley to Bear Creek and when I returned through Sedro Woolley after the hike, but it did not rain during my hike. How's that for good fortune?
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Bear Creek Falls — Nov 10, 2012 — Mike
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Clogged drainage | Overgrown | Mud/Rockslide | Mudholes | Washouts | Water on trail
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Today after getting a late start I headed out to explore more of Bear Creek on my hike #46 this ye...
  Today after getting a late start I headed out to explore more of Bear Creek on my hike #46 this year. Bear Creek is located off Baker Lake Road about ten miles north of Highway 20. You will see the Bear Creek Sign from the road. Park at second turnout and walk down the old abandoned road until you come to a "Y" in the road/trail where you will need to stay to your right heading downhill until you come to a clearing.
  The weather was 30 degrees but sun was coming out so I was hopeful. Be fore warned this trail has lots of water holes so you will need waterproof boots. Regular hiking boots will not work. At the clearing you can turn left hugging the hillside for a 100 yards until you come to Abandonment Falls and an old powerstation or just head straight across an old wooden bridge spanning Bear Creek. From here there is a slightly defined trail but be sure you are capable of finding your way off trail.
  My GPS was spotty through here so I relied on the creek which is where you want to go anyway. You will need to do some bushwacking if trying to find the numerous falls along this section as in flows downhill to Lake Shannon.
  Some websites identify four to five falls. They have several names but the most noted are Abandonment, Upper, Middle and Lower Laplash, Mesachie, Upper and Lower Kalani. Either way they a well worth checking out. As I said earlier I have not found them all. I will make numerous attempts as I work my way down to Lake Shannon over the next couple of years going a little farther each time. A big protion of this land is under Department of Natural Resource which is not known to allow a trail to be built and since this is a major watershed area I understand why it needs to stay prestine. All and all a tiresome hike bushwacking. I do not do a lot of off trail hikes but I have found they can wear you out quickly.
  Checkout the videos of this hike or the other 250 or so hikes I have done on my youtube channel at "lmm3181" or click on these direct links to this hike below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA4wZPu0Prw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2533Ql6Qq9A

As alwaya get out and see this beautiful state and enjoy some hiking!
Take Care
Mike
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Bear Creek Falls — Nov 02, 2012 — geezerhiker
Day hike
Issues: Overgrown | Mud/Rockslide | Mudholes | Water on trail
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We took advantage of a small break from the rain to visit Bear Creek and its many waterfalls, which ...
We took advantage of a small break from the rain to visit Bear Creek and its many waterfalls, which were running stronger than ever.

The trail is very wet, with puddles 3-4 inches deep. We wore knee-high rubber work boots instead of hiking boots, and the work boots were perfect for this short hike. I also found that when we bushwhacked to a couple of the waterfalls my shins were protected by the high boots.

We saw upper, middle, and lower Laplash Falls. This is the first time that I have located the lower falls, which were raging.

We also visited beautiful, plunging Kahlani Falls. The flow was intense with an extra "spur" on the side of the falls.

We stopped at Abandonment Falls behind the old power house on the way back to our vehicle.

The trail, which is more of a bootpath, is brushy, wet, slippery, and a mess; but it got us where we wanted to go.

We did not expect to encounter any other hikers today, and we did not meet anyone.
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Bear Creek Falls — Oct 29, 2011 — Mike
Day hike
Issues: Clogged drainage | Overgrown | Mud/Rockslide | Mudholes | Washouts | Water on trail
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Today I decided to hike Bear Creek Falls after reading the report in the WTA Magazine and several of...
Today I decided to hike Bear Creek Falls after reading the report in the WTA Magazine and several of Geezer Hikers Reports. I didn't leave home until 9:00 am and I got there about 10:30 am after stopping to get my Annual Northwest Forest Pass that was expiring on Tuesday. The information I printed out off the internet and the reports were pretty accurate. The abandoned road on your right side just past the Bear Creek Sign is about 9.5 miles up Baker Lake Road from Highway 20. It is the second road past the sign. I like the others recommend you park along side of Baker Lake Road. The old abandoned road is in no shape to drive anymore and staying along side the main road gives more visibility to your vehicle and your location especially if you are not good at letting people know eactly where you are.
   The sun was not out like I was hoping but it shined a little after getting to Laplash Falls I guess which I first mistook for Klahanie Falls having not taken any pictures to recognize one from the other. When you first start down the old abandoned road you will see some of the blacktop with yellow strip but it quickly turns to moss, leaves, mud and extra large water holes covering the whole dirt road. This is not a hike to do it tennis shoes or hiking boots unless they are water proof. The water is deep on the trail in spots and some places it is near impossible to walkaround. After walking about 1/4 mile you will come to a "Y" in the old dirt/moss road if thats what you want to call it. Take the one to your right that decends slightly down hill. The other one to your left goes slightly uphill and dead ends about a mile back with no trail off it of any sort. There is one other dirt road off that one that dead ends about 1/2 mile in a southeast direction where you will find a hunter observation tower up in the tree and old fire pit and junk dumped there years ago. I could hear a small falls in the distance but I believe it is Abandoment Falls that you can get to easier by staying on the main road.
  Hopefully not having you confused you yet. Once again back on the main dirt/moss road you take the lower dirt road to the right heading downhill and you will come to a meadow in about 1/4 mile. Here you will be hearing a waterfall to your left which I believe is Abandoment Falls. Take the boot trail off to your left and hug the side of the hill because the valley is full of water. These trails are not maintained at all, they are there and somewhat noticable due to other hikers before you. I just hugged the hillside and followed the noise until I found the old abandoned building and power grid near the falls. I did not have any information other than Geezerhikers Report to determine what this waterfall's name was. Since Geezerhiker hikes alot to falls I am assuming the name is correct. I have a picture attached. A small but quaint falls for a good picture or two. I then headed back the way I came following the boot trail back to the meadow. From there I headed left over the old wooden bridge that is just ahead. It seems pretty sturdy but since it is not taken care of at all "go at your own risk". I felt very comfortable walking across it. I don't know how deep the water flowing under it was since I couldn't see the bottom. After crossing the bride the trail is a bit over grown so you have to feel your way through the brush. Look for the worn areas and some yellow ribbon to point your way southeast to what I believe is Laplash Falls. My vidoes may say Klahanie Falls which I now believe is Laplash so I never got too and will head back out there again to find Klahanie Falls. The upper portion of Laplash Falls was modified with concrete to create Hydroelectric Power. The lower half is all natural as you can see from my pictures. This is where I ended my hiking inward and had lunch sitting on the dam at the top. I hiked down hill a little farther to get a picture of all of LapLash Falls but stopped there so I believe if I would have kept going I might have come to Klahanie Falls.
  I will try this hike again later in the off season when the water is running stronger in February to May of next year. This is a very muddy hike with lots of water on the trail. The most water of any hike I have ever been seen on a trail so come prepared as I did with water proof boots. The hike is not real long but as I said earlier you are feeling your way because at times since there is no trail maintined here. Take some ribbon and tie along your way or follow that which is already there. Some areas my GPS was working good and others it was not. Its well worth doing the hike to see these falls. Check out videos of this hike and others I have done on my youtube channel at lmm3181 or click on this direct link and as always get out and enjoy this beautiful state!!! I did name these falls wrong on the videos Sorry!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4oof0ZN438 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnLAXqkSZU4
Take Care!!
Mike
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Bear Creek Falls — May 12, 2011 — geezerhiker
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Mudholes | Water on trail
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We hit the perfect combination of weather and flow for our waterfall hike along Bear Creek. The tra...
We hit the perfect combination of weather and flow for our waterfall hike along Bear Creek. The trail was muddy beyond belief, and we had to scramble to see three of the five falls along the trail; but it was worth the effort. Laplash Falls (Upper and Lower) are impressive. Abandonment Falls is charming, and Klahani Falls (Upper and Lower)are spectacular. Check the Waterfall World website for directions, which are accurate. The abandoned powerhouses are interesting to explore as well.
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North Cascades -- Baker Lake

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