Petticoat Falls



Petticoat Falls, photographer Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

If ever there was a waterfall that would make you wonder what is upstream of every creek and river it would be Petticoat Falls!  The waterfall is just a short distance upstream of a rather humble looking creek that crosses under the Suiattle River Road, a tributary of the Suiattle River.  During snow-melt before the leaves are on the trees, you can a glimpse of the waterfall and sometimes hear them.  There is actually a series of 3 drops to this waterfall.  The first drop is two streams each creating a tiered waterfall of about 25', then the streams come together to form one cascade waterfall of about 30'.  Further down stream the final drop forms a 70' beautiful fan waterfall as it flows down moss cover rocks.

eastern upper falls, photographer Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

The eastern of the two drops of Petticoat Falls  comes down a very steep rock cliff and can only be seen at a bit of a distance.  The other stream making it drop can only be seen as the water collects to form the next waterfall.

The Middle Petticoat Falls, photographer Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

Middle Petticoat Falls is a beautiful cascade formation.  The water then collects in a shallow pool and flows down to form the largest of the waterfalls.

Looking upstream at Petticoat Falls, photographer Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

Looking upstream you can just see parts of the upper falls.  During the dry season this waterfall is less spectacular however we have never seen this creek go completely dry.


To get to Petticoat Falls from the Darrington Ranger Station drive 7 miles on SR 530 NE, when you cross the bridge over the Sauk River turn right onto Suiattle River Road, FSR #26 and drive 2.8 miles and you will see the concrete ford where the creek flows under the road.  The lower falls is a steep bushwhack from the road.  To try to see the upper falls is not advised as it is steep, slippery and simply dangerous.