Cascade Creek Falls

Is a 260’-high tiered waterfall that cannot be seen in its entirety from any one single viewpoint.  These following three photos show some of the tiers of this beautiful high waterfall.  There are also other high waterfalls on Cascade Creek.


Cascade Creek Falls upper portion falls about 80’ less steep in multiple tiers about 15 to 20 feet high each...


This main portion of Cascade Creek Falls is about 120’ high.


The granite walls here are so steep that this was the best shot I could get of this 60’ high lower portion.


These next two photo could well be called additional tiers to Cascade Creek Falls making it well over 300 feet high.

However I feel that 200 yards of distance between these falls is too much to call it all-one-waterfall.

Therefore I will call these “Middle” and “Upper” Cascade Creek Falls.

Middle Cascade Creek Falls is a beauty... 40 feet high...!!!


20’ high Upper Cascade Creek Falls is another 100 yards or so upstream.



beta facts:

name- Cascade Creek Falls

height- 250’

elevation- 9000’

GPS coordinates- 3544.765’N 10527.846’W

flow- this is a spring fed creek

season- May thru Oct

accommodations- forest service campground is at the trailhead.

ownership- Santa Fe National Forest – Pecos Wilderness

access- 4-mile hike from El Porvenir Campground… one of New Mexico’s best….!!!!!!

…if you have a way to access the El Cielo Mountain / Harvey Ranch road, then you can almost drive to this falls.

nearest town- Las Vegas, NM is about 20 miles southeast of here.

fun fact- this is a beautiful, beautiful place….!!!!!!!



essay bro:

El Porvenir Trail is a wonderful, easy trail.  However once you turn west up Cascade Creek you will be dealing with steep bushwhacking.  Allow most of a day for this trip.   We hiked this in mid-May of 2008 and encountered no snow on the trail. There seems to always be a downed tree to provide a “dry” crossing, near each one of the many “wet” creek crossings that the trail makes.  Our shoes and pants stayed dry the whole time.


Someone please hike Hermit Creek down into Porvenir Canyon from Hermit Peak so you can tell me if a nice high waterfall is there on that creek like I think it is... oh... and... ah... er... while your at it... hike up Cielo Creek too, between El Cielo Mountain and Porvenir Creek... I think there are some nice waterfalls there as well... and please share your photos with me…!!!!


(see also El Porvenir Falls)


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