Unnamed waterfall near the abandoned Crecent Manganese Mine

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Comments (8)

itsmeamanda on March 29, 2009

I will be traveling for several days in the Crescent Lake area of WA. This fall looks gorgeous. Are the directions attached to this photo correct or estimates?

Karl W. Wegmann on March 29, 2009

The location is correct. As long as it has been raining recently, the falls will be flowing. Park on HWY 101 just a bit east of the road to Sol Duk. You will see an old service road heading off to the north from HWY 101. Follow this back to where the slope steepens up and follow the creek until you come to the waterfall. This is in the vicinity of the old Crescent Manganese mine that was active during WWII.

itsmeamanda on March 30, 2009

Thank you so very much! 46 days till I arrive in WA. We have so many gorgeous things mapped out.

mysequim on April 6, 2009

Hi Wegmann,

I was Googling the area West of Lake Crescent and stumbled onto this web site and found your comments. I beleive the falls you have taken a picture of has been often reffered to as La Follette Falls. I have heard the falls called that name a few times, but no one who has used that name has any idea where the name came from. My maps do not list the falls only show several winter runoffs in the area. If you Google La Follette Falls you can find it on the www.waterfallsnorthwest.com web site along with other information such as GPS coordinates to the falls.

My grandfather and two of his brothers worked the Manganese mine before they joined the Army. He took me to the mine when I was about 14 years old and he told me it was named Miners Falls by the men who worked there. However, I have never heard anyone but my family and frends call the falls by that name. My brother and I went there many times when we were youngesters looking for Jasper and other cool rocks and things. Have not been there in several years, but as I remember, it is always the most spectacular just right after the snow was mostly melted away.

A note to "itsmeamanda", I was just out in that area doing a survey on another "winter only" creek a couple of miles west of the falls. There was still about 4 inches of snow at the base of the old Forest Service Road two weeks ago that Wegmann is talking about, but should be melting fast with all the rain we have been getting in the West End over the last week.

The sun is shining today and it is expected to continue to soley warm up with several mostly sunny days expected ahead. I am making another trip to the West End (that is what we call it arround here)on Friday and will be surveying an area just North of the old mine area.

Have fun and remember to wear warm clothes and good hiking boots, and most importantly let someone know that you are hiking up to the falls in case you stub your toe or something.

Oh yea, itsmeamanda, check out Hurricane Ridge, Mora Beach, Third Beach, and the Hoh Rain Forest while you are in the area. All very beautiful this time of year. If it was a little later in the summer when you were ariving, I would suggest that you also check out the Olympic Hot Springs, a natural hot springs about 16 miles up above the Elwa River area, and the Sol Duc Hot Springs which is commercially operated during the summer months only.

Karl W. Wegmann on April 6, 2009

Hi Mysequim. Thanks for the information on La Follette (Miners) Falls. That is really interesting to hear that your grandfather worked at the Crescent Manganese Mine.

itsmeamanda on May 9, 2009

Thank you much lads, I will be in the Olympic Peninsula in a short 7 days now. I have been planning this trip for so long it feels. Thank you for all of the information. I'm happy to say the places suggested were on the list already. It looks like it will be a little rainy according to the forecast when I arrive but being a fair skinned irish lass I have to say that does not bother me in the slightest. I look forward to seeing all of the Olympic area as I can. Thank you much so again, I hope everyone in WA is as lovely as you two have been so far.

Ελατοχωρίτης! on February 27, 2010


IncidentalExplorer on December 11, 2013

Mysequm, I just stumbled upon this thread while researching a story I'm writing on the Crescent Mine. Could I talk to you about your family's involvement in the mine? You can reach me at b.wirta@comcast.net

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