The West Coast's 25 Best Waterfalls

    By: The Outbound Collective + Save to a List

    Explore these raging cascades.

    El Niño is in full effect and has restored many waterfalls that were all but dry back to their former glory. Between Washington, Oregon, and California, you could say that the West Coast has no shortage of waterfalls. So take a look at our list of 25 of the best waterfalls in the west, rally the crew, pack up the adventure mobile, and hit the road.

    1. Koosah Falls, OR

    Distance: 2.6 mile round trip | Height: 70 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Eric Johnson

    2. McWay Falls, CA

    Distance: <1 mile round trip | Height: 80 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Stephen Bellrichard

    3. Latourell Falls, OR

    Distance: <1 mile round trip | Height: 250 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Michael Matti

    4. Multnomah Falls, OR

    Distance: 2.6 mile round trip | Height: 627 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Michael Matti

    5. Marion Falls, OR

    Distance: 5 mile round trip | Height: 92 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Richard Bacon

    6. Nojoqui Falls, CA

    Distance: <1 mile round trip | Height: 80 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Recursos Digitales

    7. Palouse Falls, WA

    Distance: <1 mile round trip | Height: 198 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Mitch Pittman

    8. Burney Falls, CA

    Distance: 1.3 mile round trip | Height: 129 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Lisa Bao

    9. Racehorse Falls, WA

    Distance: <1 mile round trip | Height: 140 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Stephen Bellrichard

    10. Upper Yosemite Falls, CA

    Distance: 6-8 mile round trip | Height: 675 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Tiffany Nguyen

    11. Proxy Falls, OR

    Distance: 1 mile round trip | Height: 226 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Whitney Whitehouse

    12. Franklin Falls, WA

    Distance: 2 mile round trip | Height: 135 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Michael Matti

    13. Snoqualmie Falls, WA

    Distance: <1 mile round trip | Height: 270 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Beau Ramsey

    14. Falls Creek Falls, WA

    Distance: 4 mile round trip | Height: 220 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Angela Service

    15. Tumalo Falls, OR

    Distance: 1 mile round trip | Height: 89 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Dan Moe

    16. Twin Falls, WA

    Distance: 3 mile round trip | Height: 70 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Michael Matti

    17. Watson Falls, OR

    Distance: <1 mile round trip | Height: 272 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Eric Johnson

    18. Wahclella Falls, OR

    Distance: 2 mile round trip | Height: 65 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Vic Garcia

    19. Waterwheel Falls, CA

    Distance: 18 mile round trip | Height: 30 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Alex Souza

    20. Linton Falls, OR

    Distance: 4 mile round trip | Height: 615 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Elliott Kramer

    21. Alamere Falls, CA

    Distance: 8.4 mile round trip | Height: 40 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Brian Heifferon

    22. Spirit Falls, WA

    Distance: 1.5 mile round trip | Height: 214 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Angela Service

    23. Toketee Falls, OR

    Distance: <1 mile round trip | Height: 85 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Eric Johnson

    24. Abiqua Falls, OR

    Distance: 1 mile round trip | Height: 92 feet | Learn more

    Photo: Whitney Whitehouse

    25. Grizzly Falls, CA

    Distance: 14 mile round trip | Height: 600 feet | Learn more

    Photo: TJ Orton

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