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Sunset Falls, Washington From "Amtrak Empire Builder" - panoramio
Sunset Falls, Washington From "Amtrak Empire Builder" - panoramio
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Sunset Falls
Location Near Index, Snohomish County, Washington
Type Slide
Total height 104 ft (34 m)
Average width 40 ft (13 m)
Number of drops 1
Watercourse South Fork Skykomish River

Sunset Falls is the final of the three waterfalls on the South Fork Skykomish River. The falls drop 104 feet (32 m) in a long, narrow, powerful chute. The river is thought to attain speeds of 60 kilometres (37 mi) an hour and the chute is nearly 300 feet (91 m) long. In high water, because of several potholes in the falls, water can sometimes shoot out as much as 30 feet.


Public access to Sunset Falls currently does not exist.

Running of Sunset Falls

On May 30, 1926, daredevil stunt performer Al Faussett ran the falls in a canoe with hundreds of people watching from the rocks beside the falls. He escaped with only brief and minor inner pains. He later went on to run Eagle Falls as well as many other falls in Oregon and Idaho.

Several local kayakers, most notably Rob McKibbin and Sam Grafton have run Sunset Falls successfully. It is considered a class 6 rapid, with unavoidable and potentially deadly hazards.

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