Washington my Home – Waterfalls from the Evergreen State

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.

Snoqualmie Falls

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.

Green River Gorge Falls

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.

Rocky Brook Falls, Olympic Peninsula

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.

Silver Falls, Mt. Rainier National Park

We’ve stopped by Narada Falls many times before but hadn’t hiked to the bottom until recently when we caught a rainbow.

Narada Falls, Mt. Rainier National Park

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.

Myrtle Falls, Mt. Rainier National Park

There are many more I could show you, but this will do for now.

~ Susanne

51 Comments on “Washington my Home – Waterfalls from the Evergreen State

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

      • 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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  5. 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! 😊😊

  6. Lovely photos, Susanne. Good job you get enough rain to keep all those falls going!

  7. 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.

  8. 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. πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

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