I was born and raised in Washington, and I LOVE being surrounded by green! Though officially known as the Evergreen State, you wouldn’t be wrong if you called it the Waterfall State; it has more waterfalls than any other state in the country, over 3,000, according to my official google research. Who knew??
So, for this week’s Sunday Stills Color Challenge I thought I’d share some of my favorites since they are indeed surrounded by green.
I’ll start with perhaps the most famous – Snoqualmie Falls – the go-to falls for visitors. A 45-minute drive east of Seattle on I-90, just walk to the overlook and gawk. No hiking required though there’s a trail down to the bottom if you like.
The next one is even closer to home though less well known, near Black Diamond, on the Green River Gorge. Those rickety stairs you see will take you down below for a mere five dollars. We did that once.
It was worth it.
Rocky Brook Falls is on Hood Canal. My mom took me there many times when she lived in Brinnon back in the day, and I took my husband to see it earlier this year.
You’ll find Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park, after a hike through the forest. It’s one of my favorites.
The next set are from Mt. Rainier National Park, where there are over 150 waterfalls. We hiked to Silver Falls last year. Wow.
We’ve stopped by Narada Falls many times before but hadn’t hiked to the bottom until recently when we caught a rainbow.
Christine Falls is gorgeous from the road. Hiking is optional.
I’ll close with Myrtle Falls, overshadowed, or perhaps, showcased, by the mountain behind, just a short walk in Paradise.
There are many more I could show you, but this will do for now.
Those are stunning! You live in paradise 😊
Thank you…I agree! 😊😊
I am always amazed at any waterfalls – the sound is almost as captivating as the visual!
I agree! I love waterfalls!
Susanne : Thanks for sharing. I spent 12 summers there 64 yrs ago. Coming from Minnesota We traveled through Quincy, WA (relatives lived there) and it seamed kinda deaserty ❗️
BTW I was also at the Washington State Kite Festival in 1989 (Washington’s State Centennial) ~Willy
Thanks for your comment! I’m definitely a western Washington girl! There is indeed desert on the other side of the mountains!
Have You ever been to Issaqua ❓ My other cousins used to be from lake sonamish
Oh yes! Issaquah is quite close! On the way to Snoqualmie Falls!
I love waterfalls and there are so many amazing ones in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve been to Snoqualmie Falls and they are amazing. Your photos are fabulous. especially the one with the rainbow.
Thanks so much! As I was researching the number of waterfalls in the area, one source said that the Pacific Northwest has the most in North America!
I believe it!
I loved Mt. Rainier. I was a soldier and I trained at Fort Lewis twice. I loved Fort Lewis. You could see Mt. Rainier. I visit her twice. Mt. Rainier, I want to visit again. The photos were so beautiful and amazing.
Thanks so much! Mt. Rainier is truly special and I visit a few times every year since it is so close.
You are lucky dear Susanne. I have written poetry for Mt. Rainier. Maybe this Summer. I am retired now. I will visit again. I cross the USA many times. I dislike driving now. You are welcome.
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Absolutely stunning, Susanne, you’ve captured the essence of these magnificent falls! I REALLY need to get over to your side of the state and gawk soon! Thanks for sharing your green from our Evergreen state and the lovely tour!
Thanks so much, Terri! So many waterfalls to enjoy and many of them are on this side of the state. Hope you get to visit soon! 😊😊
So beautiful and amazing! ❤️☺️
Thanks so much!
You’re welcome. ☺️
There is SO much to explore so close to home – terrific photos!
Thanks so much! It’s really true!
It is such a beautiful post.
Thanks so much, Don!
Lovely photos, Susanne. Good job you get enough rain to keep all those falls going!
Thanks, Graham. That’s the tradeoff!
Wow! Your photos are stunning! I feel refreshed – 😊🌺
Oh, thank you so much!! 😍
You are lucky indeed to have those wonders so close to home. I would have to drive all the way to Scotland to see anything similar.
Best wishes, Pete.
Thanks, Pete. I do feel lucky to have so many beautiful vistas here in Washington, including so many waterfalls! I bet Scotland is gorgeous too!
As long as you don’t visit in ‘Midge-Season’. 🙂
Oh wow! I’ve never seen that many tiny, swarming insects before! Maybe I’ll just stay in Washington. 😉 🙂
I love waterfalls and these are all beautiful examples! A couple we saw on our visit (Myrtle and Christine), some we overlooked and some were too far from our itinerary. One I really liked that you don’t have here (but I assume you know?) is Madison Falls on the Olympic Peninsula. The falls in Box Canyon were impressive too. Now you’ve drawn my attention to it I realise just how many falls we DID see on that trip!
Thank you. 🙂 There are so many to choose from and so many beauties at Mt. Rainier alone! It was hard to pick just a few for this post! (Maybe I’ll do another one.)
I don’t remember Madison Falls, but I just looked it up; Madison Creek Falls near Port Angeles., I don’t think I stopped there before, so, I will on our next trip! We get over to the Peninsula a few times a year.
We liked the setting of Madison Falls, just a short walk from a beautiful spot on the Elwha River where we ate our picnic lunch 🙂
We’re been up the Elwha River before but I don’t remember any falls. Thanks for the tip! 😊
All pretty, thanks for sharing!!
Thank you. So glad you enjoyed the falls! 🙂
I always wanted to move to Washington but I don’t like the snow as much as I used to but I love the water as well! I need to move further North from SoCal eventually!! But those pictures…wow maybe the snow is worth it?
We don’t get that much snow in Western Washington. Maybe a few inches a couple times a year in the Seattle area? We have four distinct seasons and are known for gray skies and rainy days! But there’s plenty of blue skies and sunshine too.. And lots of green!
I love all waterfalls, from Niagara to the little ones in a nearby creek. I grew up with frequent trips up the Columbia Gorge which is dotted with wonderful waterfalls, including the famous Multnomah Falls. We used to drive up there for a hearty breakfast by a roaring fire in the lodge at the foot of the falls.
I love the waterfalls of the Columbia Gorge too, and visit the area frequently. We are rich in waterfalls in the Pacific NW. Oregon comes in second after Washington, for the most U.S. waterfalls. I had assumed the opposite until my recent research. I still have many to see!
There are many here and we have used a book of New England waterfalls to explore them. We just finished a very dry winter so they are not in their full glory.
Waterfalls are one of my favorite things to observe, find, and marvel. They’re beauty, strength, and joy all flowing together. Thank you, hugs, C
Wonderful description! Thank you. 😊
Definitely need to check out Myrtle Falls!
A short hike on a paved trail from the Paradise Inn at Mt. Rainier. You’ll love it!
I grew up in North Bend so spent a lot of time at Snoqualmie Falls. Ranier is definitely on my list to visit. We are so close to Oregon that we tend to head south to hike etc. But I’d love to see more Washington hikes/falls, etc.
Washington and Oregon are the top 2 waterfall states. Both are gorgeous and worth visiting again and again..And you can never go wrong with a visit to Mt Rainier. It’s truly spectacular.
Amazing photos 🥰