Waterfalls, Ions, and Prozac


“Backpackers understand the fascination (of waterfalls). When a bend in the trail reveals a torrent in freefall, we're struck dumb by wonder. Even the quiet burbling of a small stream exerts a seductive, hypnotic attraction.


‘I have an obsession going with waterfalls,’ admits Bryan Swan, 20, of Bellevue, WA. As a hiker and Web master for the Pacific Northwest Waterfall Database, Swan estimates he's visited 425 falls in the Northwest alone, and suspects his overall tally might be 700.


‘Waterfalls are like snowflakes—no two are alike,’ Swan contends. ‘And you get that charge when you go in there. I can't put a finger on the exact attraction, but there's a primal force you can't get anywhere else.’ Turns out there's some weird science to explain the attraction. Sun, lightning, seashore waves, and waterfalls all create electrically charged particles called ions. Scientists credit negatively charged atmospheric ions, a by-product of misting water, with the fresh feel of clean air. They've also been found to calm moods by altering the brain's serotonin levels in much the same way that Prozac does. Waterfalls produce negative ions in abundance; the concentration near a pounding cascade is 5,000 times that of an office or on a city street, and hundreds of times higher than sea or lake shores.


The bottom line to all this biochemistry is that there are few things so uplifting as a wild waterfall.”


Backpacker Magazine

WINNIE BRANCH FALLS

Height: 12 feet

Trail Length: 0.6 miles

Moderate Hike

WILDCAT CREEK FALLS

Height: 12 feet

Trail Length: 0.3 miles

Moderate Hike

WALDROP STONE FALLS

Height: 30 feet

Trail Length: 0.3 miles

Moderate Hike

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VIRGINIA HAWKINS FALLS

Height: 60 feet

Trail Length: 1.7 miles

Moderate Hike

SPRING BLUFF FALLS

Height: 20 feet

Trail Length: 2.2 miles

Moderate Hike

TODD CREEK FALLS

Height: 20 feet

Trail Length: 0.3 miles

Easy Hike

TWIN FALLS

Height: 75 feet

Trail Length: 0.25 miles

Easy Hike

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TIPPLE FALLS

Height: 25 feet

Trail Length: 1.2 miles

Moderate Hike

POE CREEK FALLS-SLUICE

Height: 5 feet

Trail Length: 0.5 miles

Easy Hike

POE CREEK FALLS-TIERED

Height: 8 feet

Trail Length: 0.7 miles

Easy Hike

POE CREEK FALLS-PLUNGE

Height: 8 feet

Trail Length: 0.5 miles

Easy Hike

PINNACLE MOUNTAIN

FALLS

Height: 100 feet

Trail Length: 1.4 miles

Moderate Hike

MILL CREEK FALLS-LOWER

Height: 50 feet

Trail Length: 0.4 miles

Moderate Hike

MILL CREEK FALLS-UPPER

Height: 25 feet

Trail Length: 2.9 miles

Moderate Hike

MEECE SHOALS

Height: 15 feet

Trail Length: Roadside

Easy Hike

GREEN CREEK FALLS

Height: 20 feet

Trail Length: 0.4 miles

Moderate Hike

LONG SHOALS

Height: 15 feet

Trail Length: Roadside

Easy Hike

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GAULEY FALLS

Height: 12 feet

Trail Length: Roadside

Easy Hike

Private Property

Gated Private Golf Club

EASTATOEE CASCADES

Height: 12 feet

Trail Length: 1.1 miles

Difficult Hike

EASTATOEE GORGE FALLS

Height: 25 feet

Trail Length: 2.5 miles

Strenuous Hike

DOE RUN FALLS

Height: 12 feet

Trail Length: 100 feet

Easy Hike

On private property

CARRICK CREEK ROAD

FALLS

Height: 15 feet

Trail Length: Roadside

Easy Hike

On private property

View from roadside

CLEARWATER FALLS

Height: 50 feet

Trail Length: 300 feet

Easy Hike

On private property

CARRICK CREEK FALLS

Height: 15 feet

Trail Length: 0.2 miles

Easy Hike

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Further information concerning location, directions, and descriptions to these waterfalls and others can be found on the page "Books and Websites" on this website.


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