Ladder Creek Falls

Ladder Creek Falls
Fisheye View from Footbridge Over Ladder Creek, North Cascades National Park, Washington, US

Scenery:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Difficulty:1.5 out of 5 stars (1.5 / 5)

The showpiece for J. D. Ross himself, the man behind the Ross Dam that gives us Ross Lake (a favorite wilderness getaway for Washingtonians), Ladder Creek Falls still sports a multicolored nighttime light display first installed in 1930 to demonstrate how amazing electricity could be. And amazing it is, generating electricity for a large part of Seattle still. But regardless of the lights, Ladder Creek Falls dazzles, dropping 108 feet over three distinct tiers and through a twisting slot canyon of its own carving. Some find the colored lights gaudy, but at least nowadays they feature bulbs that are 90 percent more efficient than the original Depression-era fixtures. Given its beauty, historical significance, and ease of access, Ladder Creek Falls is well worth a stop for anyone driving through the North Cascades on WA 20.

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