Palouse Falls State Park
State Highway 261
The Palouse Falls is tucked away in the Eastern part of Washington State. After a very windy drive, including a few miles on dirt roads, you can find this amazing location. The falls consists of an upper falls with a drop of ~20 feet (6.1 m) which lies 1,000 feet (300 m) north northwest of the main drop, and a lower falls, with a drop of ~180 feet (55 m).
There are several trails to walk around the falls and even down to the bottom if you are so inclined.
The park, camp ground and falls are really basically located out in the middle of nowhere. You drive on a gravely road and then get to park right above this amazing natural wonder. The height of the waterfall is about 180 feet and the height of the cliff I am standing on is about 377' above the pool of water. The foamy white look in the middle of the pool is formed from the minerals that are present in the water, almost like a soapy residue. This was really apparent on the back side of the falls where you look at the river and can see the residue lining the coulee walls.
|Local Waterfall Spectators along the ridge|