Washington is home to dozens of breathtaking waterfalls, but some of the most spectacular cascades in our state are secluded and not as well known. If you’re up for discovering one of the many hidden gems in the Northwest, here are 10 remote falls you’ve got to check out:
1. Spirit Falls
It may be winter, but as long as there hasn't been a big storm you can still head out to see this hidden cascade that drops into the turquoise blue waters of the White Salmon River. The waterfall's more well-known by kayakers and is truly a photographer's paradise.
2. Madison Creek Falls
This horsetail-shaped cascade flows near the Elwha River, west of Port Angeles. Luckily, the path to the falls is short, paved, and wheelchair accessible, so everyone can enjoy its splendor.
3. Sunbeam Falls
If you're driving along Stevens Canyon Road in Mount Rainier National Park, you can spot this waterfall at end of the canyon near Louise Lake. As the road crosses Sunbeam Creek, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the magical cascade in all its glory.
4. Franklin Falls
You can hike to see this 70-foot cascade on the south fork of the Snoqualmie River year-round! It's thought to be hidden in plain sight between the elevated roadway of I-90 and old Denny Creek Wagon Trail.
5. Rodney Falls
No matter what time of year it is, the hike to this cascade in Beacon Rock State Park is open and well worth the trip. Located on a side path just off the Hamilton Mountain Trail, the waterfall can be admired while crossing over a small footbridge.
6. Bridal Veil Falls
This beautiful waterfall flows out of Lake Serene and cascades down below the rugged east wall of Mount Index. You can find it towards the end of a trail on the west side of Bridal Veil Creek!
7. Hog Canyon Falls
You may have seen all kinds of waterfalls, but have you ever seen one that drops down over rock stairs?! This unique cascade near Spokane plunges over an 8-tiered stairstep that was once formed by a columnar basalt formation. The creek sinks into a huge boulder field at the base of the falls, and then later re-emerges several hundred feet downstream at the inlet of Hog Lake.
8. Marymere Falls
The Olympic National Park has hidden treasures to discover everywhere, including this cascade near Lake Crescent. The stunning waterfall plunges nearly 90 feet and can be seen from the Marymere Falls Trail year-round.
9. Comet Falls
Out of the many captivating places in Mount Rainier National Park, you'll find that this gem is certainly worth a visit. At nearly 462 feet high, the tall cascade can be seen along the Comet Falls Trail near Paradise.
10. Panther Creek Falls
Few people know about this 130-foot waterfall in the Wind River Valley, but it's absolutely majestic. You can find it along the Panther Creek Trail in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Isn’t our state beautiful? What are some of your favorite hidden waterfalls in Washington??