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Snohomish County's scenic backcountry has a wealth of natural waterfalls that never fail to dazzle visitors and locals alike.

Many are the rewards for hikers, luring them along forested trails into the Cascade foothills. Other falls can be seen from your automobile at vantage points along rural highways. Every waterfall presents great opportunities for photo-taking and nature appreciation.

There are over 20 waterfalls worth exploring, one at a time—to cruise by or venture in by foot. Try Bridal Veil Falls, visible from US Highway 2 about ¼ mile east of the turnoff to Index; Wallace Falls, a 265-foot majestic waterfall near Gold Bar on US Highway 2, with a 7-mile loop trail serving as your entry; and the North Fork Sauk Falls, on the Mountain Loop south from Darrington, take Forest Service Road 49, turn left and look for Trail #660—the falls are just a 1/4-mile walk. Get two waterfalls for your efforts when you hike the Bald Mountain Trailhead, then continue on to Beaver Plant Lake. Soon after, take the right for on Ashland Lakes Trail. You’ll pass both Upper and Lower Ashland Lakes in 2 miles, and then the Twin Falls Lake and its falls are 1.5 miles beyond Lower Ashland Lake.