West Creek Falls
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Routes in McGraw Ranch Trailhead
|Bridalveil Falls T,TR WI2 PG13|
|West Creek Falls T,TR WI2|
|Type:||Trad, TR, Ice, 15 ft|
|FA:||Jim Detterline, 1997|
|Page Views:||729 total, 6/month|
|Shared By:||Leo Paik on Jan 25, 2008|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionSo, did you read the Lisa Foster RMNP The Complete Hiking Guide or the Gillett RMNP High Peaks guide? Lisa has a photo (p. 148) which probably says more than I can say with all these words...dang, I wish I remembered before the walk. Maybe it was a typo? a cell phone call? In Lisa's guide, the description of this being one of the smallest named waterfalls in the park should be fair warning. At least it is a nice hike, in a less-visited part of the park. In fact, this is supposed to be in the West Creek Research Natural Area, established by the International Biological Program, where day visitors are accepted but not encouraged.
So, it's short...really short...probably 15 feet tall. Okay, that's enough for most to hit the "back" key. It's probably a better fishing spot for small greenback cutthroats, although it's catch and release.
When you finally get to the falls, you'll see the ice is thin. The pool into which the falls drop is deep and the ice covering it can be very thin to open in spots, don't fall in. You can go around the right and get to the top easily.
Oh yeah, if you think this is small, you don't want to continue further north to Fox Creek Falls. It's smaller yet.