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Subject:   Best waterfall or best place to kiss?
Judge for yourself - Explore this enchanting trail
For Immediate Release:   
6/30/2003  12:00:00 AM
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Washington natives and visitors alike know that the Cascade Loop scenic highway has more than 400 miles of spectacular wilderness, quaint towns and dramatic views.

But you may not know that Ladder Creek Falls, located at Seattle City Light's Skagit River Hydroelectric Project, is also the "Best Waterfall" on the Loop. A survey of travelers along the Cascade Loop gives Ladder Creek that designation. It is also a runner-up as the "Best Place to Kiss" on the Loop.

Ladder Creek, a small stream that rises in a glacier on the shoulder of Pyramid Peak in the North Cascades, tumbles down 4,000 feet in a series of waterfalls over granite cliffs into pools. Climb the stairs to the top and look over the side. On a hot day the shade of the gardens and the cool mist off the falls makes a natural air conditioner.

A natural stop along Highway 20, reaching Ladder Creek Falls is an easy hike. Park in Newhalem and stroll across the pedestrian suspension bridge over the Skagit River near Gorge Powerhouse. You'll enter the rock garden trail leading to Ladder Creek Falls. The trail makes a nice shady walk.

For a totally different experience, the Ladder Creek Falls trail at night makes a lovely sight and a romantic place to kiss. After dark, the spray of the falls and the moss-covered boulders are illuminated in all the colors of the rainbow. The red lights shining on the water conjure up a vision of lava flowing in the darkness. The lights come on each evening from 8 p.m. to midnight, through September 30, 2003.

Ladder Creek Falls were first lit-up to charm visitors in the late 1920's. Back then, City Light Superintendent J.D. Ross started the tradition of Skagit Tours to show the power of the mighty Skagit River to Seattle residents who use its electricity. While certainly not like today's special effects or theme-park thrills, the red, white, green and blue lights still evoke lots of "oohs" and "ahhs." A 1938 tourist wrote in his diary that it was "a spectacle never to be forgotten." Bring a flashlight since the trail may be dark in certain places.

Today you can enjoy Skagit Tour's Diablo Lake Adventure before or after viewing Ladder Creek Falls. After taking a leave of absence last year due to heightened security at the power plant, Skagit Tours are back in a new version this summer. For more information, contact Skagit Tours at (206) 684-3030 or www.SkagitTours.com

The Skagit General Store in Newhalem also offers information on other local nature walks and hikes in the area as well as souvenirs, snacks and refreshments. The Store is open seven days a week, with nearby picnic tables and clean restrooms right across the street.

For more information about the greater North Cascades area and suggestions for overnight lodging, visit www.marblemount.com or www.Cascadeloop.com or the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center at www.nps.gov/noca
 

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