Explore Palouse Falls

Washington Palouse Falls State Park

Added by Mitch Pittman

Explore Washington's State Waterfall with a towering 198 foot drop. The falls are a short walk from the parking area.

Back in early 2014, a group of fifth-graders from nearby Washtucna, Washington were able to convince the governor to name Palouse Falls the official State Waterfall.

These miniature John Muirs were on to something.

Palouse Falls is every bit as accessible as it is spectacular. From the parking lot, walk about 50 feet to an overlook with interpretive signs and sturdy fences to guard you from the massive cliffs.

For a great photo op, hike a couple hundred yards on social trails cut into the grass for awesome views of the falls and valley extending to the South. There are NO FENCES here. Be very careful and don't go too close to the edge of the cliffs.

The five minute walk to Upper Palouse Falls, which really looks more like rapids, is worth the effort after driving all the way out here.

This is a great spot for a family trip. There are bathrooms right at the parking lot, in addition to picnic tables and a shelter. There are even 11 campsites for those who can handle the coyotes howling all night long. The sites are first come first served. You can get more information by calling the state park (509) 646-9218.

It's a long drive from the Puget Sound area, but well worth a weekend trip to admire the falls and take in the unique landscape in this part of the state.

Pack List

  • Discover Pass
  • Camera
  • Camping gear if you want to stay over
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Activities:

Camping, Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

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Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Handicap Accessible
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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Great visit!

Beautiful scenery and visit.

22 days ago

about 1 month ago

WOW

I went on the best day ever. There was a class of photographers there so it was a little crowded but it had a great overhang. I went right before sunset and it turned a little overcast and started to drizzle. Cleared a lot of people out but we stayed and it was worth it. Sun came back out and there was a rainbow right above the falls with amazing light. Didn't get a chance to hike underneath the falls or go behind it but the view from above is just incredible.

about 1 month ago

2 months ago

Awesome Hiking, Not Great Camping

I went here with some friends in the early fall. We had a blast hiking around he falls all day and getting to some beautiful spots. We actually swam in the water around the base of the water fall and although it was very cold it was a great experience. The day was amazing but when it came to camping it left a lot to be desired. The camp sites were small and very close together with little to no privacy. Defiantly a great destination but don't expect a great camping experience.

2 months ago

4 months ago

Hidden Gem

Lived an hour away from this beauty my whole life and had no idea it existed. You want to get there early to beat the crowds and the heat if you're going during the summer. Beautiful and well worth it. Hiking trail is great but there are some loose rock you will have to travel across. Great place to bring a lunch and sit under a tree while you listen to the roaring falls.

4 months ago

5 months ago

Feels Like Iceland

Amazing waterfall. Don't forget your wide angle lens or pano feature. Be careful once you go off the path there's no railings or anything to protect you.

5 months ago

7 months ago

Scattered Trails

Beautiful waterfall that is wonderful to photograph and has a plethora of easy to access viewpoints. While the park will likely be full of people whenever you visit, you can always follow some of the scattered 'trails' that not only lead around the falls, but down to the base of the waterfall as well. This path gets a little narrow at times, but near the base there is a rope set up to help people get up and down (not that I think it is encouraged by the park to go to the base of the falls anyway), but overall the area is easy to explore and find paths that lead every which way, just be safe if you chose to descend into the canyon.

7 months ago

8 months ago

Hidden Gem in Washington

The hike to Palouse Falls was quick and easy while affording superb views of the falls from the cliffs as well as the stream that turns into the falls.

8 months ago

10 months ago

Don't Forget Your Discover Pass And Fee

If you're wanting to hang around for a while you'll need a Discover Pass and a $10 fee for the day.

10 months ago

about 1 year ago

Sadly Closed

To my knowledge, Palouse falls has been closed to public access both the upper and lower falls. It is a great hike though

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

Unique landscape

Palouse has a very unique landscape from the rest of WA echoing sights you would see in maybe Utah and Texas mixed together. We arrived fairly early around 8am on a Saturday and the park wasn’t too crowded. I love that marmots are everywhere in this park, very fun animals to watch! They are also trying to get an official trail system in place so it will be interesting to see how the park evolves.

about 1 year ago

about 1 year ago

Great Views = Best Falls In WA

Great falls but the trails are not that great. There are some seriously sketchy parts but it's always worth it. Been a couple times. The falls are incredible. Trail down is not obvious and the first time I went I went the long way down. Go see this place.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Stunning Waterfall

Stunning. The falls combined with the gorge make for an amazing view. I'd suggest exploring as much as the trails around the falls - especially along the river flowing to the falls.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Incredible waterfall! The trails down to the falls are currently closed so you can only view the falls from the upper viewing area. However it is beautiful and worth the visit!

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

A simply stunning waterfall at sunrise or sunset, you get an immense sense of scale standing on the 400 ft. cliffs. Be careful if photographing the falls from the cliffs as they're unstable and prone to erosion.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

I went here as a teenager with my parents and sister. It is quite a sight to behold. I enjoyed our day there very much just exploring and checking out different views of the waterfall and the canyon. The heights were a little dizzying for me and my phobia, but pretty cool place.

over 1 year ago

about 2 years ago

Went on a Monday morning at 7 AM. My only company was the resident marmots. Nice place but once you see it, you see it.

about 2 years ago

Added by Mitch Pittman

I live in Seattle, but my life happens in the mountains. My hobbies include long walks in the woods, whiskey in hot springs, and carrying skis up long slogs for a few turns in late summer.

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