Upper Jacob's Falls on Jacob's Creek

tall, rugged drop in a tight conglomerate gorge

Snow dappled drop
  • Upper drop on Jacob's Creek
  • Tall pines around the gorge
  • Snow dappled drop
  • Looking up the crazy, bumpy slide of a waterfall

A suprisingly tall and steep chute of water cascading down a jagged face of rock, Upper Jacob's Falls is tough to hike to and even harder to get a good view of. Below the drop the creek is calm but deep within a rocky gorge, difficult to follow up or climb down to. There are smaller drops above the main chute but these are almost impossible to reach, nestled tightly within the narrow canyon walls. This waterfall is well off the beaten path and not welcoming, though the size of the drop is incredible.

Directions

The easiest approach is probably heading upstream along Jacob's Creek from the lower falls. From Eagle River take M-26 about 3 miles to the Jampot, parking on the shoulder or at the parking lot. Follow the footpath or creek up past Jacob's Falls. Once the creek starts to get plugged up with logs and vegetation head up to the banks and stick to the footpath. After about a half mile the falls will be audible and/or visible within the gorge. Backtrack to a safe area and head down the steep bank, then approach the falls. The walls near the waterfall are extremely steep and not worth attempting.

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