Quartzite Falls on Slate River

tiny and incredibly scenic drop over slate

Low view up at the slick rocks
  • Looking across the rainy pool
  • Low view up at the slick rocks
  • Flat water running down a long slide
  • Clean woods around Slate River
  • The dark, short canyon
  • A bright yet dark pond
  • Sign and trail for Quartzite Falls
  • A snow-covered waterfall

Quartzite Falls is a perfect little waterfall high above the rugged gorge on Slate River. The river drops in a sudden crescent onto a large, flat slide of slate before flowing into a deep pool surrounded by cedars. Quartzite Falls may be small, but it's shape and scenic area makes for an amazing waterfall experience.

This waterfall is a short distance downstream of Black Slate Falls, easy walking distance from the road and about a mile from the slate quarries of Arvon. These three areas make for an excellent little adventure that is fairly accessbly for all ages.


Turn south off of Skanee Road onto Arvon Road and drive 3.4 miles. Turn left on the unmarked road and park near the wooden logging bridge. Walk to bridge and follow river downstream past the sign for Quartzite Falls for a short distance. Path is smooth and wanders through huge cedars. If the river flow is low enough it may be possible to crawl down into the falls for photos, otherwise the far side of the pool has some good vantage points of the pond and waterfall.

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