Spectacular Washington State Waterfalls
Every so often, you see an amazing waterfall.
The kind you have to pull over, check out and take pics.
Below are some great examples. Road trip worthy places to plan, hike and make some great memories!
- Coulee City
The Missoula Floods carved our geography, some 12,000 years ago. It was at that time that this was probably the World’s largest waterfall. One of my favorite YouTuber’s, Nick Zentner provided a great video explanation of Dry Falls here: Dry Falls - Roadside Geology
Sol Duc Falls
- Olympic National Park, 40 minutes West of Port Angeles
The Popular “Lover’s Loop” offers a 6 mile round trip hike. For those who would like a 2-3 day hike - you’ll be rewarded with amazing views (weather permitting) of the Olympic Mountains.
- Tumwater Canyon (Across from the Alps Candy Store on HWY 2)
I first got a glimpse of this, while driving through the windy Tumwater Canyon.
Drury Falls is a greatly under appreciated waterfall. Fall Creek is a fairly small stream which usually runs dry by late August, but during peak snowmelt it produces a substantial volume of water. This is noteworthy because Drury Falls is located where Fall Creek plunges over the rim of 3,000 foot deep Tumwater Canyon just outside of Leavenworth. -Waterfalls Northwest
- Downtown Spokane
The Spokane River actually offers us two waterfalls in downtown Spokane. “The Upper Falls” and “Lower Falls” The area surrounding the falls was the site of the 1974 Spokane World's Fair.
- Lacrosse, WA
This 200 foot waterfall was named “Washington State’s officially designated waterfall’
- Gold Bar, WA
One of my first hiking trips was to see this hidden gem. A great 5 ½ mile round trip hike, just off of HWY 2.
- Snoqualmie, WA
This is the King of all waterfalls in Washington State. Many wedding proposals have taken place - in this romantic misty setting. One of our State’s “Most popular attractions”
Ancient Lakes Falls
- Quincy, WA
I’ve seen it once, on a mountain bike trip. Best time to hike or bike and check out the Ancient Lakes region is in early Spring - before the rattlesnakes wake up.
Ancient Lake Falls is located in the Quincy Wildlife Refuge between the towns of Quincy and George, north of Interstate 90. From I-90 in George, exit northbound onto Highway 281 and proceed for just over 5 miles to Road 5 NW and turn left. Follow Road 5 NW for 3 miles and turn left sharply on an unmarked gravel road.
Falls Creek Falls
- Carson (an 80 minute drive from Vancouver, WA)
This easy, 3.4-mile, out-and-back hike along beautiful Falls Creek leads to one of southern Washington’s highest waterfalls, 335-foot Falls Creek Falls. The hike gains 750 feet in elevation.