The Waterfalls of Blodgett Canyon

The last time I hiked through the deep Blodgett Canyon, it was nearly 90 degrees and the sun was brutal. This time, winter was starting to creep into this ancient glacially-carved drainage. Blodgett Canyon is home to towering granite cliffs, gigantic moraine boulders, and 2 dramatic waterfalls. The falls are relatively close to one another and they are location around 5miles up the trail. The trail itself follows Blodgett Creek with its cascades and beaver ponds. The first waterfall is called Chasm Falls, and imagine this, it is a chasm. Flying the DJI Phantom 4 drone over this deep cut through the solid rock captures a scene that few (if any) have ever seen. The second falls is named Cascade Falls, and they (drumroll please) cascade a vast series of steps that covers roughly 250 yards of the streambed.

The Don Mackey Memorial at the trailhead

The Don Mackey Memorial at the trailhead

Limited colors with unique clouds

Limited colors with unique clouds

Blodgett Creek and one of the many granite domes

Blodgett Creek and one of the many granite domes

Crags over Blodgett Canyon

Crags over Blodgett Canyon

Reflections of a glaciated past

Reflections of a glaciated past

The cascades of Blodgett Creek as it tumbles over a glacial moraine

The cascades of Blodgett Creek as it tumbles over a glacial moraine

A small waterfall about 2.5 miles up the trail

A small waterfall about 2.5 miles up the trail

The pack bridge

The pack bridge

The arch on the ridge above the pack bridge

The arch on the ridge above the pack bridge

Thin skiff of snow on the trail

Thin skiff of snow on the trail

Wolf tracks!

Wolf tracks!

Chasm Falls

Chasm Falls

Long exposure of Blodgett Creek

Long exposure of Blodgett Creek

The fall leading into Chasm Falls

The fall leading into Chasm Falls

Cascade Falls of Blodgett Creek

Cascade Falls of Blodgett Creek

The upper set at Cascade Falls

The upper set at Cascade Falls

Written by Radd Icenoggle

I am a native Montanan, who has spent a lifetime as an outdoors and wildlife enthusiast. I earned a degree in biology with an emphasis on habitat relations. During my studies, I had the great fortune to research and compose a thesis that explored the effects of slope aspect on...
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