Palouse Falls State Park, Washtucna

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#28 of 248 in Nature in Washington State
Must see · State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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The Palouse Falls lies on the Palouse River, about 4mi upstream of the confluence with the Snake River in southeast Washington, United States. The falls are 198ft in height. The falls consists of an upper falls with a drop of ~20ft which lies 1000ft north-northwest of the main drop, and a lower falls, with a drop of 198ft.
The canyon at the falls is 115m deep, exposing a large cross-section of the Columbia River Basalt Group. These falls and the canyon downstream are an important feature of the channeled scablands created by the great Missoula Floods that swept periodically across eastern Washington and across the Columbia River Plateau during the Pleistocene epoch.
The ancestral Palouse river flowed through the currently dry Washtucna Coulee to the Columbia River. The Palouse Falls and surrounding canyons were created when the Missoula Floods overtopped the south valley wall of the ancestral Palouse River, diverting it to the current course to the Snake River by erosion of a new channel.
The area is characterized by interconnected and hanging flood-created coulees, cataracts, plunge pools, kolk created potholes, rock benches, buttes and pinnacles typical of scablands. Palouse Falls State Park is located at the falls, protecting this part of the uniquely scenic area.
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  • horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have tried many times to get here, the directions do not work, the address you put into MapQuest it does not work and no one answers the phone either, skip....  more
    horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have tried many times to get here, the directions do not work, the address you put into MapQuest it does not work and no one answers the phone either, skip....  more »
  • Beware that long road to the falls(from the gate on) IS not paved, good luck if you're not driving a SUV or truck! Hopefully your back and bladder are in good condition 
    Beware that long road to the falls(from the gate on) IS not paved, good luck if you're not driving a SUV or truck! Hopefully your back and bladder are in good condition  more »
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  • Beautiful place. Good place to enjoy the view and have a picnic. And able to get next to smaller waterfalls from trails. You can hike all the way to the bottom but the trail is sketchy once you get to the top of the main falls. From parking lot to the top of the falls is about 1.5 miles. Gorgeous place
  • Wonderful waterfall and a lake, beautiful hills. The bad - you can't swim at the base of the waterfall anymore, you can't hike down to the waterfall either, camping was also closed. So pretty much, pay 10 dollars to take a picture and leave. Not worth the drive, not worth the time wasted for a single photo. These amazing gems are God-given to enjoy with all senses, not just look from above. I recommend Burney Falls State Park in California. Don't waste time and money with this one.

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