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Where to hike and chase Washington waterfalls

Did you know Washington has more waterfalls than any other state? As if we needed another reason to gawk at our unique corner of the world.

If you have yet to step away from your busy life and take in the natural wonders, this is your sign. Whether you're looking to pack up the kiddos and take them to an easy trail, or if you're up for a challenge, there's no shortage of options. I personally flock to any secluded body of water that makes me feel like a fairy nymph, but you can choose your own adventure. Here's a breakdown of some waterfalls outside of Seattle, complete with pros, cons, and logistics.

Wallace Falls. Wallace Falls State Park is a photographer's dream. It's a dramatic, three-tiered waterfall that flows into little secluded pools (Brave the ice-cold waters, it's worth it. YOLO!)

  • Pro: Classic PNW waterfall hike complete with well-maintained bridges throughout the trails.
  • Con: Steep incline, small parking lot, heavy traffic coming in and out of the town of Gold Bar on Summer weekends.
  • Location: Stevens Pass
  • Round Trip: 5.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1200' to 1500'

Sol Duc Falls. If you find yourself on the peninsula, consider venturing into the temperate rainforest to see Sol Duc Falls. You will be surrounded by lush old-growth forest and there's even a hot spring resort nearby!

  • Pro: Kid-friendly, spots to play in the river, tons of wildflowers.
  • Con: Because the hike is only 40 minutes or so, you'll want to make a day of it and plan other things to do in and around the Peninsula.
  • Location: Port Angeles
  • Round Trip: 1.6 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft

Bridal Veil Falls. This hike is a photographer's dream. Accessible, with few switchbacks, and lots of forest biodiversity.

  • Pro: Accessible waterfall, family-friendly.
  • Con: One of Washington's busiest hikes (go on a weekday!).
  • Location: Stevens Pass
  • Round Trip: 5.0 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 800'

Snoqualmie Falls. Snoqualmie Falls is downright Legendary. On this trail, you get to learn about the history that includes native folklore as you explore beneath the falls. You can park at the top and walk to the viewpoint to take in the beauty of the falls, park at the bottom and pay in the river, or opt for a short hike!

  • Pro: Free parking, easy, accessible.
  • Con: Given how industrial the area is, you lose that sense of peace and quiet.
  • Location: Snoqualmie
  • Round Trip: 1.4 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 331'

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