Triplet Falls

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Triplet Falls is a place where water flows over a vertical drop or a series of steep drops in the course of a stream or river. Triplet Falls also occur where meltwater drops over the edge of a tabular iceberg or ice shelf.

Triplet Falls are a natural source and are ideal for sleep and masking distracting sounds.

Listening to a Triplet Falls is a great way to wash your daily worries away: close your eyes or lie down, and let the natural sounds permeate your mind.

Triplet Falls

The Muddy River harbors several waterfalls as it cascades off the slopes of Mount St. Helens, but until the May 18, 1980 eruption most were very difficult, if not impossible to access. The eruption melted the Shoestring Glacier and sent a massive lahar surging down the valley, which scoured away vegetation and stripped topsoil back to reveal the nuances of the canyon in full. Three decades later, the canyon has made great strides towards recovering from the devastation that was wreaked in 1980.


As waterfalls go, this set isn’t nearly as impressive or interesting as the other falls in Lava Canyon, viewing the Muddy River coursing down the gorge from almost a hundred feet above on a shaky (but entirely safe) suspension bridge is one of the signature experiences of visiting Lava Canyon. Upstream of the bridge this triple set of falls can be seen sliding down chutes in the bedrock in drops of 13 and 24 feet, with the third drop of 19 feet found directly in front of and below the bridge. Several logs were formerly trapped in the third drop, but the record-setting floods in 2006 got rid of them with ease (as well as some of the vegetation along the canyon walls).


When visiting the waterfalls of Lava Canyon, extreme caution should be exercised. There have been dozens of fatalities as a result of visitors edging too close to the lip of the gorge, or splashing in the river and being suddenly swept away and over one of the waterfalls.


Magnitude 29.97
Absolute Magnitude Unavailable
IWC Rating 3.07
Global Score Not Rated
Country Score 25.36
State Score 43.41


Location 46.16852, -122.08319
Elevation 2570 feet (asl)


Total Height 56 feet 17 meters
Tallest Drop 24 feet 7 meters
Num of Drops 3
Avg. Width 8 feet 2 meters
Max. Width
Pitch 60 degrees
Run 100 feet 30 meters
Form Steep Tiered Cascades
Watershed Lewis River
Stream Muddy River
Avg. High Volume 200 cfs (0 months) 6 cms
Avg. Low Volume 0 cfs (12 months) 0 cms
Source Glacier
Flow Consistency
Best Flow Year Round

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