Mazama Falls

Mazama Lake Falls, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington, US

Scenery:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Difficulty:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)

Draining the glaciers of Mt. Baker and the Chain Lakes below them, twisting, falling Mazama Falls bounds down 497 feet in four different sections before settling into Wells Creek somewhere near its ultimate base deep in the Mt. Baker Wilderness. Hikers willing to make the short but dramatic hike in from Artist Point at the terminus of WA 542 can spy the top of Mazama Falls’ initial 40-foot plunge below Mazama Lake before it disappears from view down its equally steep lower drops, while risk-takers can pick their way down alongside Mazama Falls’ entire drop but will struggle with footholds at almost every turn and face quite a return trip back up. Regardless of how much of Mazama Falls you end up seeing, the journey through the Chain Lakes region, one of the Northwest’s finest hiking and backpacking destinations, makes it a worthwhile trip.

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