Explore Palouse Falls

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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.

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over 5 years 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.

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.

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.

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