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Loowit Falls

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Loowit Falls from the viewpoint (bobcat)


Loowit Falls, which drain Mount Saint Helens' youthful Crater Glacier and are themselves only about 35 years old, cut back into a canyon in the Sasquatch Steps at the rate of about 20 feet per decade. The falls were measured at 186 feet in 2011, but the dynamic landscape means this statistic is always changing.

Loowit is derived from a Native American name for Mount Saint Helens; for example, Puyallup natives called the mountain Loowitlatkla, meaning "Lady of Fire." Loowit was a beautiful maiden over whom two young men, Wy'east (Mount Hood) and Pahtoe or Klickitat (Mount Adams), engaged in massive and destructive altercations. The Great Spirit punished all three by turning them into mountain peaks.

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