Abs Mag:


 Beisel Rating:

3.61 (Class 4)


34 feet

 Tallest Drop:

28 feet

 # of Drops:





Tye River






USGS Scenic 7 1/2"


Aerial Photography


81 C7



The falls from downstream, click to enlarge

A telephoto shot of the upper portion of the falls, click to enlarge



Scenic , King County, WA , USA


No Known Alternate Names



The falls from downstream



Alpine Falls is a large fan-type waterfall over a generally rounded granite ledge. The Tye River spreads over an 80' wide sloping granite ledge just a short ways from Route 2. A quick walk through the woods will bring you to the river just above the falls. A moderate scramble will take you to the base of the falls, where the best views are to be had. For better information: Waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest


Geology and Bedrock Structure:




Photography Notes:

The view from downstream is very photogenic. There are dozens of rounded granite boulders that will serve very nicely as a foreground to the falls. Glare is an issue, so a polarizer is necessary. The overall color range here tends to be cool, so a warming filter might come in handy. As always, have a tripod. A zoom lens will give you every shot here...from the shot with the boulders in the foreground, to the detail of the crest of the falls.