Palouse Falls State Park, Washtucna
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The iconic Palouse Falls that has been deemed the official waterfall of Washington State is not to be missed. There are trails aplenty at Palouse Falls State Park with outstanding views of the waterfa... read more »
We enjoyed stopping at Palouse Falls as it is a beautiful. The bathrooms were not bad. The park itself isn't that great. It was dry, dusty and lots of bees.
We've lived out here 22 yrs and never heard of this falls until I saw it on a Top 10 list of waterfalls you should see in the US. It was literally in the middle of no where. Definitely a destination s... read more »
The location is stunning! Lots of parking, but it fills up quick so make sure you arrive by early afternoon. As far as the falls, it's gorgeous! Definitely a must-see if you're in the area. The look out was nice, but we went off-trail down into the canyon and swam in a little area that had multiple small falls! A pretty easy hike down to it, great for kids. You can continue the trail to the top of the falls and swim/cliff jump right behind where it drops down as well. We will be trying that spot next time! There were many people down at the base of the falls, and it was a pretty treacherous hike down. I wouldn't recommend going down to it, although it was beautiful. There was a sign stating they will be creating an official trail down to the base, so I probably wouldn't go back down until that it created, as later that evening a man tumbled off the edge and got seriously injured. It was very steep, and the trail itself was thin, so you barely had room to walk. There is a couple ropes to use as you climb back up, as well as helping you descend down. Lots of loose rocks, and did I mention it's steep?! There were people coming from the river, so there might be another trail that goes all the way around, and maybe it's more safe. All in all, a great location to visit, but try to keep your children/dogs close by!
Come on get your boots on!!! This is beauty at its finest. The hike is a above the falls. Use caution. But there's trails to the bottom an you can swim. Bring the family it's that great an if the day is just right there's a magnificent rainbow at the base of the falls. It's the stuff that makes beautiful memories..
Route 261 is the last paved road before the falls and it is a nice one. No traffic and lots of undulating curves. From there, you bail off onto a gravel roadway appropriately named Palouse Falls Road. This road cuts through some free-roaming cattle lands, so you may have to take a moment to allow a new friend time to cross the road. After paying $5 for parking (since I didn’t own a Discover Pass at the time) it’s a short walk to the lookout where you catch your first view of the 198 foot falls. For reference, that’s 17 feet taller than Niagara Falls. The Palouse River has carved an impressive 115 foot canyon into the landscape. This area was covered by massive floods and glaciers which actually changed the course of the river. The Palouse used to flow into the Columbia, but after some glacial changes, the flow now channels into the Snake River.
This park is awesome! The trail isn't maintained at all, and it's steep, but the falls is definitely accessible if you're feeling like hiking. There are a couple scrambles required to get down to the bottom. Boots recommend. Areas for camping are well upkept and grass is watered so it's comfy. Tip - Bring lots of water if you plan on camping, as there's no functioning fountain here.
Great waterfall, with various hiking trails and picnic areas. Limited camping area. Watch out for rattlesnakes and use caution on non-maintained trails.
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