Deadwood Falls was nowhere on our to-do list, but when we couldn’t find parking at Logan Pass and looked at what was relatively short and easy on our return route to the campground we saw it on the map. 2.2 miles and 587 feet of elevation makes for a nice quick hike.
The trail is seldom used, and reviews on AllTrails mention overgrown and the steep downhill right out of the parking lot.
We prefer to get all of our elevation gain out of the way hiking into the trail so it’s all easy going on our way out, but we don’t mind when it doesn’t play out that way.
Overgrown was an understatement, with vegetation taller than Colette crowding most of the trail. But – most of that vegetation is thimbleberries so I was completely stuffed by the time we arrived at Deadwood Falls.
The falls themselves aren’t terribly spectacular, hence no photos of them here. The water is clear and cold though, with colorful sedimentary layers in the surrounding rock and plenty of colorful rocks lining the bottom of the pool at the bottom.
The absolute best part though is the complete lack of people. A few backpackers on our way in, and a few hikers on our way out, but none of the tourist hordes crowding most of the hikes mid-day.

Bright Layers

Bright Layers at Deadwood Falls
Crazy bright sedimentary layers among the glacial blue water at Deadwood Falls

Stare At This

Stare At This
Have a few cocktails and come back to this picture…

Cold And Deep

Cold And Deep below Deadwood Falls
I’ve swam in a lot of glacial lakes and this may be the coldest I’ve experienced so far.

Break In The Trees

Break In The Trees at Deadwood Falls
Most of this hike is surrounded by heavy vegetation, but the breaks you get are spectacular!

Painted Lady

Painted Lady
A pretty little Painted Lady butterfly going nom-nom-nom.

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