5 of Washington’s most beautiful waterfall hikes

5 of Washington’s most beautiful waterfall hikes
Cedar Falls. (Image Courtesy: Washington Trails Association. Photo by Bob and Barb)

So far, summer in Seattle has brought us lots of hot days and clear skies: the perfect recipe for hiking. Watching (or swimming in) a waterfall is one of the best ways to end a hike, especially when it’s sweltering. Here are five of Washington’s most beautiful waterfall hikes to enjoy this summer.

Marymere Falls. This family-friendly hike is a great way to stretch your legs while driving through the Olympic Peninsula. The hike to Marymere Falls is just one mile in and one mile out, making it easy for just about anyone. Once you reach the falls, the view is fantastic: 90 feet of rushing water and plenty of spots to snap some great pictures.

Location: Olympics - North
Round Trip: 2.0 miles
Elevation Gain: 400' to 1100'

Boulder River. If you’re looking for more of a workout, this beautiful trail is still great for both kids and adults since the elevation gain is not incredibly steep. You’ll encounter several waterfalls along this hike, the most prominent being Feature Show Falls. It falls across the river once you’re about a mile and a half in.

Location: Mountain Loop Highway
Round Trip: 8.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 700' to 1550'

Cedar Falls. If you’re looking for a dramatic waterfall, Cedar Falls is the hike for you! It’s a two-tiered cascade that makes a lot of noise during most of the summer. This is also a great hike for the botanists in the family since a variety of wildflowers line the trail.

Location: North Cascades Highway
Round Trip: 3.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 500' to 3550'

Bridal Veil Falls. This hike is perfect for kids! It’s fairly level and takes you through second-growth forest. There are tons of places to stop and play in the water.

Location:  Stevens Pass
Round Trip: 5.0 miles
Elevation Gain: 800'

Wallace Falls. Wallace Falls State Park is a photographer’s dream. It’s a dramatic, three-tiered falls that is accessible almost all of the year. This is a popular state park, so you may want to arrive early for the ideal, peaceful hike.

Location: Stevens Pass
Round Trip: 5.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1200' to 1500'