Hiking Waterfalls in Washington  by Roddy Scheer with Adam Sawyer

Hiking Waterfalls in Washington Guide Book

by Roddy Scheer with Adam Sawyer (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Waterfalls in Washington  by Roddy Scheer with Adam Sawyer
While it’s hard to say which US state has the most waterfalls, Washington—dominated as it is by glaciated peaks, rushing rivers, and lots and lots of precipitation—is definitely near the top of the list. Wherever you might ramble throughout the state, from the verdant rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula to the snowy peaks of the Cascade range (named by Lewis and Clark when they saw the mountains looming above a “cascade” in the Columbia River) to the high, dry deserts of Eastern Washington, waterfalls are indeed everywhere. Meanwhile, three national parks, five sprawling national forests, one national volcanic monument, and more than one hundred state parks, not to mention thousands of regional and municipal parklands, make Washington a mecca for nature lovers and outdoors enthusiasts.

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Trails from the "Hiking Waterfalls in Washington" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 48.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 48.

Ancient Lake and the watershed that feeds into it constitute a true oasis in the otherwise dry and dusty high desert Columbia plateau outside of George, Washington. After a little hiking, serene U ...
Moses Lake, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
The Angel Falls Loop Hike is an amusement park ride for outdoor lovers. This diverse walk in the woods starts unassumingly enough with a long, steady ascent before skirting around massive cave- laden ...
Auburn, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
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Anyone traveling to the northwest section of the Olympic Peninsula should be sure to check out Beaver Falls, where Beaver Creek crashes over a 70-foot- wide rock wall and lands 25 feet below in a cozy ...
Port Angeles, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.1
Roaring out of beautiful Lake Serene above and falling more than 1,000 vertical feet across five sections, Bridal Veil Falls may be one of Washington’s most dramatic cascades. It’s so big that it’s ha ...
Index, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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There’s lot to do and see at Mt. Rainier National Park, but waterfall lovers will want to put the hike to Carter, Madcap and Narada Falls near the top of their bucket list. The stunning old- growth ...
Index, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
As if homespun island culture, breaching orca whales, driftwood- studded beaches, and the view from towering Mt. Constitution aren’t enough to occupy your time when visiting Orcas Island in Northwest ...
Rosario, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
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Mystical Cedar Falls is a welcome sight after a dusty hike through quintessential “eastside” second-growth forest rife with towering pines, wildflowers, and edible berries. The waterworks of Cedar F ...
Darrington, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5
Cedar Hollow Falls is a friendly trailside waterfall accessible via a short hike through quintessential North Cascades forest. It makes for a welcome relief from the otherwise deep, dark forest leadin ...
Seattle, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
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Just a quick jaunt from the road and worth a stop for anyone driving by on WA 706, Christine Falls carves a sweet little niche out of the lower reaches of twisting Van Trump Creek under the graceful a ...
Auburn, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.1
While anyone who can get out of the car and walk or wheel down a paved path to an overlook can get a good view of Clear Creek Falls; leg stretchers can turn it into a quarter- mile walk to get three d ...
Index, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.1
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Dropping 462 feet in three tiers, Comet Falls dwarfs most other waterfalls across Washington State, and getting to see it requires a short but vigorous hike along the side of the gorge formed by the t ...
Auburn, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
This wonderful 7-mile out and back hike affords great views of three different waterfalls on three different watercourses—Deer Creek Falls on Deer Creek, Stafford Falls on Chinook Creek, and Ohanapeco ...
Index, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
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Truly one of the megastars of Southwest Washington, the list of superlatives that have been used to describe Falls Creek Falls is indeed a long one. It doesn’t matter that it’s not possible to see all ...
Kelso, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.3
Falls View Falls is a narrow ribbon of water (averaging just 5 feet wide) dropping down a verdant, nearly vertical cliff into Quilcene Canyon some 200 feet below. While it’s hard to get up close, the ...
Quilcene, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.1 miles
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The 259-foot Feature Show Falls splits into two streams midway through its perilous descent down the gorge wall of Boulder River Canyon, showering Boulder Creek below with a constant and always refres ...
Index, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
Franklin Falls is a quintessential Pacific Northwest waterfall, with two small upper drops tucked into a woodland ravine followed by a final 70-foot plunge into a roiling pool below. Scattered downed ...
Index, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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Gorge Creek Falls, dropping 242 feet over five distinct sections, is not only one of the most dramatic waterfalls in the North Cascades but also one of the easiest to see, given its location right nea ...
Seattle, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.2
The South Fork Stillaguamish River drops 25 feet and then another 15 feet in its journey through the boulder- laden chute comprising Granite Falls. A fish ladder underneath the grated viewing platfo ...
Index, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.2
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Contrary to popular belief, there are waterfalls on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. While throngs of tourists try to out- latte each other at Multnomah Falls, Hardy and Rodney Falls s ...
Skamania, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.2
Waterfall lovers not scared of backcountry travel will appreciate the short but challenging hike to Heliotrope Falls, a rushing ribbon of water cutting into its own alpine chasm below snowy Heliotrope ...
Bellingham, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
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