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Top 20 Waterfalls Near Seattle



Best Waterfalls in Washington


Are you looking for the best waterfalls near Seattle? Well I've got you covered. My name's Kathleen and I'm an adventure photographer (I photograph landscapes & elopements) based in Washington who loves to explore. I'm an avid hiker and adventurer- going waterfall hunting is one of my favorite pastimes! I'm thoroughly convinced that Washington and Oregon has the best waterfalls in the United States. Visit multiple in a day, or one at a time and experience some of the best that the PNW has to offer. Check out my list of the best 20 waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest! Whether you're looking for a short walk, or a nice day hike, there is a trail in here for you.


Pro-tip: The best time to view waterfalls is in the spring. This is right when all the snow is melting and is when waterfalls will be at their peak flowing. Visit any of these falls between March-June to see the biggest flow.


1. Franklin Falls

Length: 2.0 roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Dog-Friendly: Yes

Parking Pass/Entry Fee: Northwest Forest Pass


This waterfall is one of my absolute favorites in Washington. Accessible year round and only about an hour outside of Seattle, this trail is incredible. Hiking alongside the river, you eventually reach this 70 foot waterfall- and you can even access the base directly! Look for it in winter, when for a short period the falls freeze over completely (but don't forget to bring those microspikes!). This is also the perfect trail for those new to hiking or those with children!


https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/franklin-falls


Photo from Washington Trails Association- Ken Giesbers

2. Comet Falls

Length: 3.8 roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 1250 ft

Dog-Friendly: No

Parking Pass/Entry Fee: National Park Pass


Hike to this impressive waterfall that drops 301 feet, with numerous other small waterfalls (and two big ones!) and cascades along the way. Located in Mount Rainier National Park, this trail is gorgeous- you can even get right to the base of this waterfall too!


https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/comet-falls


3. Narada Falls

Length: 0.2 roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 100 ft

Dog-Friendly: No

Parking Pass/Entry Fee: National Park Pass


Located in Mount Rainier National Park, this waterfall is well worth the stop if you're in the park. On the way to Paradise this is the perfect pit-stop and leg stretcher that leads to a gorgeous waterfall. About 50 feet wide and dropping 168 feet, these falls are truly stunning. This short hike is very popular, just keep in mind that it is often wet and is steep- so have good footwear and watch your step!


https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/narada-falls


Photo from Washington Trail Association- Soupman72

4. Twin Falls

Length: 2.6 roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Dog-Friendly: Yes

Parking Pass/Entry Fee: Discover Pass


These falls are incredibly close to the Seattle area and are a lovely day trip away from the city. Actually three separate waterfalls, this short but steep trail is very beautiful. But keep in mind, due to the proximity to the city and the fact that it's relatively easy, this trail is a busy one!


https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/twin-falls-state-park


5. Myrtle Falls

Length: 0.8 roundtrip

Dog-Friendly: No

Parking Pass/Entry Fee: National Park Pass


A beautiful destination close by to the Paradise visitor's area in Mount Rainier National Park, these falls are definitely worth seeing! You may also choose to keep going on either the Skyline or Golden Gate trails to explore more and get gorgeous, up-front views of Mount Rainier!


https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/myrtle-falls


6. Marymere Falls

Length: 1.8 roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Dog-Friendly: No

Parking Pass/Entry Fee: None


Located on the Olympic Peninsula near Lake Crescent, this waterfall is another gem of Washington state. Hike among giant and impressive trees and mossy forest growth, along a creek, and finally leading to multiple viewpoints of this 90 foot waterfall.


https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/marymere-falls


7. Wallace Falls State Park

Length: 5.6 roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 1300 ft

Dog-Friendly: Yes

Parking Pass/Entry Fee: Discover Pass


One of Washington's most popular attractions, I definitely recommend arriving early here to beat the crowds! This trail is consistently gorgeous and has nine separate and beautiful falls. Not too far from Seattle, this is another wonderful day trip!


https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/wallace-falls


Photo from Washington Trails Association- Clair Mitchell

8. Palouse Falls

Length: 1.0 roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 803 ft

Dog-Friendly: Yes

Parking Pass/Entry Fee: Discover Pass


The official waterfall of Washington State, these iconic falls are not to be missed. A much different environment than Western Washington, the area is gorgeous (and sunset here is not to be missed!). 198 feet high, this waterfall is surrounded by stunning cliffs. Be aware, there are footpaths that lead to the base of the falls, however it is highly discouraged to take it as it is dangerous and can lead to injury.


https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/palouse-falls


Photo from Washington Trails Association- ZEEbigdog

9. Bridal Veil Falls

Length: 4.0 roundtrip

Elevation Gain: 1000 ft

Dog-Friendly: Yes

Parking Pass/Entry Fee: Northwest Forest Pass


A beautiful waterfall that you can get up close and personal with, these falls stream down a 100 foot rock face. You can also decide to hike to the nearby Lake Serene! Not too far from Seattle, this is another beautiful trail (yet very busy!).


https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/bridal-veil-falls


Photo from Washington Trail Association- Bob & Barb

10. Rocky Brook Falls

Length: 0.1 roundtrip


Not truly a hike, but this waterfall is well worth the stop if you happen to be in the Olympic Peninsula area!


https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/rocky-brook-falls