After dropping 25 feet, the narrow granite gorge of Eagle Falls on the South Fork of the Skykomish River creates one of Washington state's best swimming holes. This spot should be reserved only for the hottest summer days; because of the glacial waters and the day-long shade, few places provide greater relief from the heat.
With sheer rock cliff jumping spots, rope swings, 20-foot deep pools, and direct access off of Highway 2, Eagle Falls has the potential to attract hordes of people. Because of the constant shade, however, it can be completely vacant on cooler days.
The Forest Service has considered closing access to this sensitive location due to excessive trampling of plants, large amounts of garbage, cans and glass bottles, and graffiti. Check this video for an example of the significant and totally inappropriate challenges facing Eagle Falls. The Forest Service simply does not have the staff or the funding to attend to these issues. If you want to continue enjoying this area, pack out all garbage, cans and bottles, and dispose of it properly. Using this area responsibly will increase the chance that people can continue to enjoy it in the future.
Swimming holes and cliff jumping can be extremely dangerous and unpredictable outdoor activities that pose significant risks regarding personal safety. Changing water levels, unseen rocks, and river bottoms that have shifted with currents and seasonal weather can turn a well-known jumping area into a serious hazard. Prior to engaging in these activities, extensively scout the current conditions, and understand the risks involved with serious injury and the logistical challenges of evacuation from the water so you can make safe decisions.