Choose Your Waterfall, or Do Them All
We know the Olympic Peninsula is a wet place. That’s one of the things that makes it so special. When it comes to waterworks, there’s really nothing like the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail, featuring more than 20 spectacular sites that will awe and inspire. Brace yourself for a magical, misty tour, and some of the most photogenic spots in the Pacific Northwest.
The trail is diverse and expansive. Across the Olympic Peninsula there are seven distinct waterfall areas. You’ll encounter everything from tumbling falls easily accessible by car or short hike, to cascading gems that require a little more effort.
Visit the signature Sol Duc Falls in Olympic National Park. This is the only waterfall that is visible from above the cascading water. Take an unforgettable family-friendly hike to Marymere Falls near Lake Crescent. Make a stop at Bunch Creek Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the lush and mossy Quinault Rain Forest, or take in the two-tiered Murhut Falls on Hood Canal—a surprising site on the “drier” side of the Peninsula. You’ll hear it before you see it.
Seek out some unexpected gems along the way, like Spoon Creek Falls along the Southern Loop. It’s worth the long drive. Paddle by kayak or raft to picturesque Maple Creek Falls in the Hoh Rain Forest, reached only by water. And if you’re looking for a water-filled backcountry adventure, hike the Enchanted Valley. It’s one of the most scenic spots in Olympic National Park and known by locals as the “Valley of 10,000 Waterfalls.” Madison Falls is easily accessed in the Elwha Valley via a wheelchair-accessible, short, paved path.
Hear the roar. Feel the spray. Experience an Olympic Peninsula waterfall adventure.
Tip: Spring runoff creates quite a show. And if you’re exploring during snowy months, you’ll discover something truly special.