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Alpine Falls

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West
47.7175, -121.2253 Map & Directions
Length
0.1 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
14 feet
Highest Point
1450 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Crashing Alpine Falls. Photo by Jessica Wynne. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Rivers
  • Waterfalls

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

If you’re in need of a quick leg stretch while traveling over the pass, the trail to Alpine Falls may be just the place. The trail is very short and features a powerful waterfall where the Tye River flows over giant granite boulders. Continue reading

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Hiking Alpine Falls

If you’re in need of a quick leg stretch while traveling over the pass, the trail to Alpine Falls may be just the place. The trail is very short and features a powerful waterfall where the Tye River flows over giant granite boulders.

From the small parking area, find the unsigned trail leading south into the trees. The trail is wide and shaded within the forest. After about 250 feet, reach a large rocky outcropping at the top of Alpine Falls. There are no rails and the rocks could be treacherous when wet. 

On your way back, you may notice faint boot paths leading further into the forest and down to the bottom of the falls. None of the trails here are maintained, so have care where you explore and try not to trample the lush plant life.

Hike Description Written by
Jessica Wynne, WTA Correspondent

Alpine Falls

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.7175, -121.2253 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Highway 2 East, drive 6.6 miles east from Skykomish to just past mile marker 55. The parking is on the right, just before the bridge over Tye River.

From Highway 2 West, drive 9.2 miles west from Stevens Pass. Parking is on the left after the bridge over Tye River, just before mile marker 55.

The gravel parking area has room for about 15 vehicles, and there are no facilities. Do your part to keep this area accessible by packing out your trash.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - West

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District

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