Pacific Northwest Waterfalls
The Pacific Northwest has a notoriously wet climate that is ideal for a landscape filled with spectacular waterfalls spread throughout the entire state. You’ll find everything from towering falls plunging hundreds of feet into emerald pools and thundering falls that literally shake the early to more subtle cascading streams.
If you’ll be visiting this breathtakingly beautiful region, consider making a trip to these Pacific Northwest waterfalls for picture-perfect photo opportunities.
A short .8 mile hike through a canopy of moss-covered trees will bring you to Marymere Falls in Olympic National Park on Washington’s beautiful Olympic Peninsula. This 90-foot towering waterfall drops off the edge of Aurora Ridge into a clear pool below.
Sol Duc Falls
Sol Duc Falls inside Olympic National Park is known as one of the most picturesque falls in the entire state of Washington. Spectacular year round, it can be accessed by an easy .8 mile trek through the rain forest.
Wallace Falls is actually a series of nine falls found in Washington’s central Cascades found in Wallace Falls State Park. The tallest waterfall is 265 feet and absolutely stunning. To reach the falls, head to Gold Bar east from Everett on scenic highway 2; it’s a 5-mile round trip hike on a well-maintained trail with beautiful views the entire way, including the opportunity to glimpse the Lower, Middle and Upper Wallace Falls.
Twin Falls is a waterfall that is found on the South fork of the Snoqualmie River off I-90 in Olallie State Park in the North Bend, Washington area. The roaring water plunges over a 150-foot rock wall to create a magnificent scene accessible through an easy 3-mile round trip hike.
Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington State’s top tourist attractions. The falls are known world-wide because of its appearance in the television series, “Twin Peaks,” and it’s been featured in a number of films as well.
Comet Falls is a 320-foot waterfall found in Mount Rainier National Park. It’s one of the biggest and most magnificent in the Pacific Northwest and a must-see for visitors. It was given its name due to its resemblance to the tail of a comet.
Martha Falls is also located in Mount Rainier National Park and can be viewed right off the road. It drops out of the basin that contains Snow Lake and plunges into Steven Canyon through 12 major drops, cascading for nearly 700 feet.
Multnomah Falls is found in the scenic Columbia River Gorge are on the Oregon side of the river. This is the most popular waterfall of the hundreds of falls that are found in this lush region. It’s one of the most photographed falls in the Pacific Northwest.
These 620-foot falls consist of the 79-feet lower falls, while the upper falls plunge an amazing 541 feet down.
Latourell Falls is a favorite for many who visit the Columbia River Gorge region. The lower falls are visible from the road, with a short loop trail heading to the base of the falls and views of the upper falls as well. It’s unique in that it drops straight down from atop a basalt cliff, making quite the impression.
The Palouse Falls are found in southeastern Washington along the Palouse River. Falling nearly 200 feet into a deep canyon carved through multiple colorful layers of flood basalts, the scene is a photographer’s dream.