Home to expanses of sprawling wilderness such as the Cascade mountains, it’s no surprise that dozens of breath-taking waterfalls can be found in the Pacific Northwest. From famous destinations to off the beaten path suggestions, here are 10 memorable waterfalls to visit in the Pacific Northwest on your next outdoor adventure.
1. Multnomah Falls (Oregon)
Plunging over 600ft, Multnomah Falls is an awe-inspiring natural wonder. A popular choice for families, photographers, and sightseers in general, Multnomah is the tallest of Oregon’s many waterfalls. Visitors usually have the option of engaging in a 5-mile hike to the historic Benson Bridge or exploring Multnomah Falls Lodge. However, these activities are currently closed due to COVID-19. The viewing area as well as the Multnomah Falls Lodge Gift Shop are both currently open and waiting for you!
2. Bridal Veil Falls (Oregon)
Located along the Historic Columbia River Scenic Highway, Bridal Veil Falls certainly lives up to its name! This fairly narrow waterfalls cascades around 120’. There are two trails offering viewing opportunities of the falls – the steep, 0.3 mile lower trail and the 0.5 mile Overlook Trail.
3. Shoshone Falls (Idaho)
Located in Twin Falls, ID, Shoshone Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in the United States. Falling approximately 200’, the falls are also over 900’ wide. The falls are viewable from an observation deck, and the area also offers countless other attractions including hiking trails and a swimming area.
4. Palouse Falls (Washington State)
Located in Eastern Washington, Palouse Falls offers a little something for everyone. While Washington State is generally known for its greenery and rainfall, the Eastern side of the state is much dryer. Far from uninteresting, however, Palouse Falls is a great example of the many hidden treasures in this area. Cascading a magnificent 200’, the falls also offer several viewing opportunities as well as wading areas nearby.
5. Jump Creek Falls (Idaho)
Another suggestion located in Idaho, Jump Creek Falls is a smaller, but still worthwhile waterfall located outside of Marsing, Idaho. Situated at the end of a 0.6-mile trail, this destination is great for families. The trail there is almost as interesting as the falls themselves, featuring several small caves and a creek.
6. Snoqualmie Falls (Washington State)
It’s no wonder that Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington State’s most popular waterfalls. Surrounded by the magnificent Cascades, these falls plunge over 250’ and can be viewed from a 1.6 mile hike.
7. Falls Creek Falls (Oregon)
Falling a total of 335’, these falls consist of several awe-inspiring tiers. A variety of viewing opportunities exist depending on the level and length of the hike wanted. The trails leading to the falls are currently open, but may be hard to socially distance on in some areas – consider bringing your mask along!
8. Panther Creek Falls (Washington State)
For those looking for a waterfall that’s more off the beaten trail, Panther Creek Falls could be a great choice. Located via a 0.3 moderately trafficked trail, Panther Creek Falls is nestled away in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
9. Watson Falls (Oregon)
Watson Falls is a 293’ waterfall surrounded by gorgeous greenery. It is located at the end of a short, 0.4 mile trail. A little less well known than some of the other falls on this list, Watson Falls is a great option for families who may have already visited falls such as Multnomah or Snoqualmie.
10. Latourell Falls (Oregon)
Another noteworthy Oregon waterfall, Latourell Fall can be reached via a 2.4 mile loop trail. Plunging nearly 250’, the falls are a population location for a variety of visitors.
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