Spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner. With the weather this beautiful, everyone should get a taste of the wild and wonderful PNW. And one thing that we’re pretty dang lucky to have here in Washington and close to Seattle is an abundance of waterfalls. If you haven’t hit up these beauties before, there’s no time like the present! Here are 13 amazing waterfalls near Seattle.
*Editor’s Note: Due to the ongoing pandemic, be sure to check ahead of time and ensure that you’re adhering to any and all county regulations if you travel. And if you’re hiking to these spots, let someone know where you’re going and bring a hiking buddy.
It’s an oldie but a goodie. This waterfall is classic and well known to most Seattlites. Whether you know it from being an avid Twin Peaks fan or from the resort at the lodge it’s well worth a visit. And if you go, we highly recommend hiking down to the base.
Where: 37451 SE Fish Hatchery Rd
As you may have guessed by the name, this scenic waterfall is reminiscent of a bride’s veil. And this waterfall cascades down a 100 ft cliff so we can almost guarantee you’ll be pretty dang blown away. Plus the 4-mile hike is pretty nice as well.
Where: Mt Index River Rd
If you want the most bang for your travel, heading to Mount Rainier is a great spot to see waterfalls. The park is full of them and Myrtle Falls is easily accessible while still being extremely beautiful. So this one is a must if you’re already planning on heading to the park.
Where: Mount Rainier National Park
It’s not often that you’re able to see a massive waterfall in the middle of an urban center. Spokane Falls offers you just that and some awesome ways to view it. You can check out the SkyRide which takes you across the lower falls or the pedestrian bridges that give you a glimpse of the upper falls.
Where: Spokane, Washington
This one is probably one of the more unique waterfalls our state has to offer. Because unlike the others it’s not located in one of our pristine forests. Instead, Palouse Falls is hidden over on the Eastern side of the state. And while it’s a trek to get there it’s absolutely worth it.
Where: Palouse Falls Rd
If you want to be impressed and be able to take a dip then consider heading to Franklin Falls. There’s no need to go far for waterfalls around Seattle. This impressive waterfall is located just an hour outside of the city. And while it’s a very popular spot it’s absolutely worth visiting.
Where: Franklin Falls
This one is always a crowd-pleaser. So if you want something relatively easy and with a reward at the end then be sure to check out Wallace Falls. You can also see views of the valley and the Olympic Mountains. And it doesn’t get much better than that.
Where: Wallace Falls State Park
If you want to see multiple waterfalls, Cougar Mountain is another great place to consider going. But we’re big fans of Coal Creek as it’s a nice 2.5-mile hike with a beautiful forest waterfall. And it might not be as grandiose as others on the list but it is equally special.
Where: Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park
If you happen to be heading towards Mount Si for blueberry picking then you need to stop by Teneriffe falls. This waterfall is at the end of a relatively easy but rocky hike. And has a beautiful fan formation that will look very nice on your Instagram.
Where: Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area
As the name suggests, this waterfall splits off in a unique way making it appear to be two waterfalls. And while this is a popular waterfall it’s for a good reason. You can explore the pools below and there’s lots of hiking to be done in the area.
Where: Olallie State Park
If you’re driving up north then you absolutely have to check out Whatcom Falls. This waterfall is easily accessible but worth taking the extra time to actually see. You can enjoy not only the falls but also a stone bridge, built in the late 1930s by a WPA crew.
Where: Bellingham, Washington
This waterfall is a bit of a whopper at 171 feet. And it just so happens to be surrounded by a beautiful mix of luscious PNW scenery. Not to mention there are multiple hikes to be done in the area. So you can make this waterfall the main event or do a few things.
Where: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Alright alright, so yes there’s technically no longer a waterfall here. But at one time it was homes to the world’s largest waterfall, allegedly. So switch up your expectations for your waterfall experience and check out an amazing landscape. Don’t worry, there are some lakes at the bottom so it’s not entirely devoid of water.
Where: Dry Falls, Washington
Okay folks that’s what we have for you when it comes to the best waterfalls near Seattle. We hope you enjoy them and if you end up checking them out be sure to let us know. Have a great week!