Nooksack Falls, Bellingham

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Nooksack Falls is a waterfall along the North Fork of the Nooksack River in Whatcom County, Washington. The water flows through a narrow valley and drops freely 88 feet into a deep rocky river canyon. The falls are viewable from the forested cover near the cliffs edge. The falls are a short 2/3 of a mile drive off the Mount Baker Highway, Washington State Highway 542. The falls were featured in the hunting scene of the movie The Deer Hunter.HistoryThroughout the late 19th century, there were significant mineral discoveries being made in eastern Whatcom County and in particular the Nooksack Falls region. The richest and most significant strike was the Lone Jack Claim of 1897. Before the mine closed in 1924, approximately $500,000 worth of gold was excavated. Due to the success of the Lone Jack Claim, the area became known as the Mount Baker Mining District and produced over 5,000 claims between 1890 and 1937. One of the claims, known as the Great Excelsior Mine was located ten miles southwest of the Lone Jack Mine and only one mile from the Nooksack Falls Powerplant. In 1902, the Excelsior Claim erected a 20-stamp mill to crush the ore and a water powered turbine provided the power. In 1914, when the Excelsior Mill was rebuilt, a power line was extended from the Nooksack Falls plant to provide electricity to the mill.
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  • Nooksack Falls is a must stop photo op when you're headed to Mt. Baker. It is beautiful during all seasons. Be sure to wear good walking shoes. It isn't far in but there are lots of tree roots and suc...  more »
  • Easy to locate, well marked. The falls were great. Very peaceful and beautiful. Must be able to climb and go on rough terrain. Fenced off to prevent one from falling down side of hill.. Not handicap a...  more »
  • The road up to Artist Point, in the Mt Baker Wilderness area follows the North Fork Nooksack River and part way up is Nooksack Falls on a small detour to the right. Here the falls are up stream from n...  more »
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  • It is beautiful, but the fence obstructs the view, even after you circumvent it. There is a pretty sweet plaque listing the names of the people who died there, as well as some pretty cool graffiti.
  • What an amazing spot in the middle of nature! A true hidden gem... looks like there is a trail up into the woods on the left side of the falls across the bridge that would be nice to explore too. The road to the parking area is a one lane primitive road so be careful driving down but definitely worth it.
  • So beautiful!!!! I went here during winter so I had to hike down to the waterfall from the highway. It was icy, but beautiful!!
  • Nooksack Falls is a nice waterfall but there is no longer a view of the entire falls. It is fenced off (for safety) and no way to see the entire falls at one time.
  • Nooksack Falls is a nice waterfall to visit and easy to get to and right in the forest near the Mount Baker highway.
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