Washington Waterfalls (USA)



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INTRODUCTION

Washington Waterfalls were the byproduct of a region of the United States with a notoriously wet climate as well as favorable geology for waterfalls thanks to its volcanoes. In fact, the state of Washington perhaps epitomizes the personality, nature, and overall feel of the Pacific Northwest. While it's known for a legendary alternative rock scene, there's enough Nature out here within a reasonable day trip from the metropolitan Seattle area to really balance out those more well-known city attractions. In fact, it's this ability to quickly get out into Nature that really attracted us to the sights here, and we tend to seek them out whenever we make trips to the state (usually to see family and friends).

Now while the wet climate and abundance of waterfalls in the state are well documented, what was surprising to us was that we managed to find other Washington Waterfalls spread throughout the state in more drier climates. Such realizations defied the reputation for rain that earned its nickname as the "Evergreen State" with Seattle as the "Emerald City".

Snoqualmie Falls As you can see from the map at the top of this page, there was definitely no shortage of waterfalls that we were able to survey. So in order to make our listing more manageable, we've broken the state up into the following subregions - Eastern Washington, Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mt Rainier National Park, Northern Cascades, and Olympic Peninsula.

The Eastern Washington subregion pretty much pertains to the large portion of the state in the rainshadow of the entire Cascade Range. That means this is the drier part of the state, which defies the evergreen reputation that generally applies to the region west of the Cascade Range. We really only have one waterfall to show for this very large swath of real-estate, and that's the impressive Palouse Falls. Hopefully, with more visits to this part of the state, we'll get more waterfall sightings to augment this subregion. By the way, we liked Palouse Falls so much that we made room for it on our Top 10 USA Waterfalls List.

Narada Falls The Gifford Pinchot National Forest comprises most of Southern Washington. In fact for the purposes of this discussion, we're including Mt St Helens, but it goes no further than the boundary of Mt Raininer National Park to the north and the Yakama Reservation to the east. Some of the more notable waterfalls that we saw in this part of the state include Falls Creek Falls and Curly Creek Falls.

Mt Rainier National Park encompasses all the waterfalls on its massive slopes on all sides. We're extending this subregion east towards the end of the Cascade Range and no further south than its border with the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. In addition to the glaciers and meadows on the slopes of the massive volcano, we also managed to witness beautiful waterfalls like Spray Falls as well as Myrtle Falls, which was one of the few waterfalls from which we could also see the summit of Mt Rainier at the same time.

The Northern Cascades pretty much comprises the Cascade Range north of Mt Rainier all the way up to the Canadian border. So far, our survey of this area pretty much is limited to the immediate area east of Seattle and Everett. Hopefully, we'll get a chance to survey more waterfalls in the area, especially further north towards Bellingham. In any case, perhaps the most well-known waterfall in this region is Snoqualmie Falls.

Finally, there's the Olympic Peninsula, which pretty much covers everything west of the I-5 corridor up to Puget Sound and above the Columbia River to the south at the Oregon border. Naturally, this includes Olympic National Park at the northern end of the subregion, and our waterfall survey pretty much is limited to the far north of the peninsula. Amongst the notable waterfalls that we've encountered here include Marymere Falls and Rocky Brook Falls.

Julie and I are certain that with repeated trips to this state, we'll be collecting many more waterfall sightings in varied landscapes that will continue to shatter our preconceived notions of what we think we know about the state. Yet it's these humbling moments that make us yearn for travel, and we can't wait to be humbled yet again. In the mean time, have a look at our humble sampling of waterfalls we've seen so far.




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WATERFALL THUMBNAILS

To get a glimpse of what each waterfall looks like, check out the table below. Click on the waterfalls to read more about them.

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Eastern Washington

Palouse Falls 4 Palouse Falls
LaCrosse / Franklin County

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Falls Creek Falls 3 Falls Creek Falls
Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Big Creek Falls 2.5 Big Creek Falls
Gifford Pinchot National Forest

The dry Curly Creek Falls 1 Curly Creek Falls
Gifford Pinchot National Forest

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Mt Rainier National Park

Spray Falls 4 Spray Falls
Mt Rainier National Park

Comet Falls 4 Comet Falls
Mt Rainier National Park

Van Trump Falls 2.5 Van Trump Falls
Mt Rainier National Park

Christine Falls 2 Christine Falls
Mt Rainier National Park

Narada Falls 3.5 Narada Falls
Mt Rainier National Park

Myrtle Falls 2.5 Myrtle Falls
Mt Rainier National Park

Martha Falls 2 Martha Falls
Mt Rainier National Park

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Northern Cascades

Snoqualmie Falls 4 Snoqualmie Falls
near Issaquah / near Seattle

Twin Falls 2 Twin Falls
near Issaquah / near Seattle

The Middle Wallace Falls 3.5 Wallace Falls
near Gold Bar

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Olympic Peninsula

Madison Falls 2 Madison Falls
Olympic National Park

Marymere Falls 2 Marymere Falls
Olympic National Park

Beaver Falls 1.5 Beaver Falls
Olympic National Park

Sol Duc Falls 2.5 Sol Duc Falls
Olympic National Park

Rocky Brook Falls 2.5 Rocky Brook Falls
Dosewallips State Park




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