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Chasing Waterfalls in Washington’s Puget Sound Region

Summer in Washington State

Snoqualmie Falls

Location: Washington State USA

Spending every summer in Washington State, we always try to search out something new and interesting we have never done. The Pacific Northwest is chock full of gorgeous opportunities for hiking, biking, boating and more. And this summer we decided to go chasing waterfalls in Washington’s Puget Sound region.

There are lots of waterfalls to choose from, and not only on the west side of Washington. Eastern and Southern Washington have a variety all their own. But we chose to visit five waterfalls within a short drive of our summer villa which is located on the Kitsap Peninsula.

Today I share with you five beautiful, easily accessible waterfalls everyone should visit – locals and visitors alike. It’s time for everyone to try chasing waterfalls in Washington’s Puget Sound region. So here we go;

1. Marymere Falls

Marymere Falls
Marymere Falls near Port Angeles Washington

The drive to Marymere Falls trailhead is in itself a great summer or fall activity. Located just a short 2 mile walk from Crescent Lake and the Crescent Lake Lodge, Marymere Falls is 30 miles from Port Angeles and is within the Olympic National Park so an America the Beautiful Pass is required. At this location you can also do the Storm King hike if you are in good shape and an experienced hiker. As for the hike to Marymere, it is accessible to just about anyone. Starting from the parking lot it’s about 2 miles with a slight incline to reach the falls. The view of the 90 foot drop of the falls is beautiful. This hike is very popular and can be extremely crowded on a summer weekend. Consider fall or midweek if you can.

2. Franklin Falls

Franklin Falls near North Bend Washington
Franklin Falls

There are at least three waterfalls all within a few miles of each other and just off of Interstate 90 near North Bend and the town of Snoqualmie in the Cascade Mountains. Franklin Falls is the first of the three. A easy and beautiful 2 mile round trip hike through old growth forests, Franklin Falls is on Denny Creek. You can swim at the base of the falls and many people come here on the weekends to cool off in the summer. This is a hike you can do any time of year, and the water level of the falls changes seasonally. Again its easy access makes it very popular on summer weekends and parking can be tight. Plan accordingly. Franklin Falls is part of the Denny Creek Washington State Campground and a Discover Pass is required.

3. Twin Falls

Twin Falls Washington State
Twin Falls near Snoqualmie Washington

A short drive west from Franklin Falls you can get to the hike for Twin Falls. Located on the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River, Twin Falls is within Olallie State Park and a Discover Pass is required. Many families come here on the weekend to swim in the river, but the hike has a slow and steady incline so not everyone goes to the falls. But due to limited parking, consider weekday visit in the summer. The 2 mile round trip hike meanders along the river then traverses through beautiful forests before reaching the first observation point for the falls. Continue on another quarter mile to get up close and personal with beautiful Twin Falls.

4. Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls and Salish Lodge
Snoqualmie Falls near the town of Snoqualmie Washington State

The Granddaddy of all Washington waterfalls is the incomparable Snoqualmie Falls. Located on the Snoqualmie River, just downstream from the town of the same name, Snoqualmie Falls is majestic. Higher than Niagara, the falls have a different personality depending on the season. If you are lucky enough to view the falls during a flood or high rain season you will be astonished by the amount of water that thunders over. But the falls are just as beautiful during summer and fall, when the narrower cascade gracefully falls like a veil. Snoqualmie Falls offers multiple viewing platforms, open from dawn to dusk, and a steep hike is also an option down to the base of the falls. Access is free and free parking is also available. A very special treat is to dine or stay the night at the impeccable Salish Lodge, located right at the edge of the falls with spectacular views. Snoqualmie Falls is located just off Interstate 90. Follow the signs through the town of Snoqualmie to the falls.

5. Silver Falls

Silver Falls in Washington
Silver Falls, Mount Rainier National Park Washington State

Within Mount Rainier National Park you will find a variety of glorious waterfalls, as well as wonderful hiking options. Silver Falls is one of the most beautiful, with a 3 mile round trip loop hike that most anyone can do. Start the hike at the Ohanapekosh Campground, located at the Cayuse Pass entrance to the park about 47 miles from the city of Enumclaw. Once again, summer weekends are busy and parking is limited, so try to come midweek. Autumn is an excellent time to visit as well. The hike is within the Mount Rainier National Park and a America the Beautiful Pass is required. From the parking lot follow the signs to the falls through a beautiful old growth forest with views of the Ohanapekosh River below. Arriving at the falls you will be awarded with a stunning view. Cross the tiny wooden bridge to see another view of the falls, or to clamber out on the giant boulders and enjoy your lunch. Return to your vehicle on the loop trail, enjoying more of the beauty and scenery of this magnificent National Park.

Beautiful Washington

We love our home state of Washington and love being tourists in our own back yard when we are in Washington and the USA. Chasing waterfalls in Washington’s Puget Sound region is just one of our favorite things. Want to learn more about our Favorite Places in Washington? Click here.

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  • Reply Heather

    Really nice summary of waterfalls. Great to see you out and about again!

    August 14, 2020 at 2:48 pm
  • Reply Sinjana Ghosh

    I love chasing waterfalls. It’s like a magic of nature. Thanks for sharing this great listicle!

    August 15, 2020 at 1:28 am
  • Reply Krista

    I love finding waterfalls, especially ones that are off the beaten path. Thanks for the great list!

    August 15, 2020 at 6:58 am
  • Reply Heather Raulerson

    OMG! I love these photos of waterfalls. And I like that they are so close to each other which makes a trip hunting waterfalls there super doable. Thanks for sharing these!

    August 15, 2020 at 8:21 am
  • Reply Jamie

    I love waterfalls and often go out of my way to find them, thanks for sharing these great locations. Snoqalmie looks so charming, but they’re all gorgeous in their own unique ways.

    August 15, 2020 at 9:33 am
  • Reply MacKenzie

    I love waterfalls! I’ll be happy to have this list to refer to when I make it to Washington.

    August 15, 2020 at 9:49 am
    • Reply Laureen

      I hope you will visit.

      August 15, 2020 at 9:58 am
  • Reply Jan

    I love Washington state. I have only explored a part of it. Lovely waterfalls – Franklin waterfall looks stunning! I have only seen the Snoqualmie falls. Guess I have to visit Washington state again to explore the rest! 🙂

    August 15, 2020 at 11:39 am
  • Reply Cosette

    I love chasing waterfalls and love this summary of waterfalls.

    August 15, 2020 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply Bree

    I love waterfalls they are just amazing. Thank you for sharing these I have loved learning about them and wishing I was there.

    August 15, 2020 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Linda (LD Holland)

    In normal years, we visit the west coast of Canada and the U.S. several times a year. We have never made it out to spend any time in Puget Sound. Now I know the waterfalls are definitely a great draw for a visit. When we finally get to head west again!

    February 27, 2021 at 7:33 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Let me know if you get to the Puget Sound! We can meet up!

      March 13, 2021 at 4:44 pm

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