Whistle Stop Falls



Lower Whistle Stop Falls, photographer Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

What may appear to be a lovely little waterfall along the Suiattle River Road actually begins its steep descend high above at 3,200 feet elevation.  The unnamed creek flows down a steep slope and the upper falls appear to be mostly tiered formations.  The last drop on the northern side of the road forms a pretty 15' fan then the creek crosses under the road and becomes a tributary of the Suiattle River.  According to an old timer Whistle Stop gets its name from a Sound Timber Logging Railroad siding that was near by.


Upper Whistle Stop Falls, photographer Martha Rasmussen

Just upstream there is a steep tiered waterfall and as you look up disappears out of sight.  It is hard to say how many times this creek makes a drop as it flows down. The upper series of falls can be seen from Sauk Prairie to the south across the Suiattle River from a distance.


Whistle Stop Falls in wintertime, photographer Nels Rasmussen, D.C.

Though through the dry seasons the flow of water diminishes Whistle Stop Falls never goes dry.  Being so close to the road and easy to view Whistle Stop Falls is a nice all season waterfall.  To get to Whistle Stop Falls drive 3 miles down the Suiattle River Road north of Darrington, WA.