Discover 15 Easy Hikes to Local Spectacular Washington Waterfalls

Jennie Wetter April 26, 2024
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Did you know Washington State boasts over 3,000 breathtaking waterfalls? From the towering peaks of the North Cascades to the forests of the Olympic Peninsula, our state is a haven for waterfall enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers alike.

Exploring Washington's Waterfalls

Washington's diverse landscape offers an array of waterfall experiences, from easy strolls to moderate treks. Here are some must-visit waterfalls with trails suitable for hikers of all skill levels: 
1. Tumwater Falls Loop- (1 mile-Easy) Olympia TumwaterFalls Park, No Pass Required, Kid & Dog Friendly.

2. Staircase Rapids Loop (2 miles-moderate) Lake Cushman, Olympic National Park, pass required, kid friendly, no pets. Follow River to suspension bridge, cross river and complete the loop back to the Ranger Station.

3. Hamma Hamma Falls (Road Access-Easy) Lilliwaup Olympic National Forest, pass required, kid friendly. Bridge spans two-tiered falls (80’).

4. Murhut Falls (1.6 miles Round-trip- Easy) Duckabush River Valley Olympic National Forest, no pass required, kid/dog friendly. Well-built trail to 130’ two-tiered waterfall.

5. Rocky Brook Falls (1/4mile-Easy) Brinnon, Private, no pass, kid/dog friendly. Horsetail waterfall crashes 200’ from hanging valley. Summer, the cascade pool is a popular swimming hole.

6. Dickerson Creek Waterfall (2.3 mile loop, Easy-Moderate) Located at Ueland Tree Farm in Bremerton, a convenient escape into nature with its serene beauty and easy accessibility. This popular trail offers multiple paths, there are some steep inclines and muddy areas.

7. Little Mashel Falls in Eatonville (5 miles round trip, Moderate) Three waterfalls with multiple viewing areas and you can walk behind/underneath one! The tallest waterfall plunges over 90 feet!

8. Twin Falls, Snoqualmie Pass (2.4 miles round trip, Moderate) Trio of waterfalls just off I-90 with a short trail. Family friendly.

9. Wallace Falls, North Cascades (5.6 miles round trip, moderate) Breathtaking views of the Wallace River and the surrounding falls on this popular trail.

10. Boulder River, North Cascades (8.6 miles round trip, Moderate) Nice year round hike. This is a relatively easy, popular hike off the Mountain Loop Highway. Great picnic spot! 

11. Marymere Falls, Olympic Peninsula (1.8 miles round trip, easy-moderate) Near the shores of Lake Crescent you will hike through old-growth, moss-laden forest and have 2 viewpoint options which are both great!

12. Bridal Veil Falls, North Cascades (4 miles round trip, Moderate) Waterfall flows out of Lake Serene. There are steps paralleling the falls to help you enjoy this nature show!

13. Carter Falls, Mount Rainier National Park (2.8 miles round trip, East-Moderate) Cougar Rock to Carter Falls is a family-friendly popular hike has amazing mountain/forest/river views including the 53-foot drop waterfall.

14. Myrtle Falls, Mount Rainier National Park (.8 miles round trip, Easy) This popular 60-foot waterfall has a braided cascade with Mount Rainier towering in the background.

15. Franklin Falls, Snoqualmie Pass (2 miles round trip, Easy) Great easy hike with a reward at the end!

Before You Go 

Remember to check the trail conditions, pass requirements, and any road closures before heading out on your waterfall adventure. 

With its abundance of natural beauty, Washington State is riddled with endless places to explore and create unforgettable memories in the great outdoors.

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