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“Washington's Little Grand Canyon”

Palouse Falls State Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Washtucna
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 23, 2016

I've traveled many places and seen my share of waterfalls and, although not the largest or tallest waterfall, Palouse Falls is one of the most dramatic. There are two ways to enter the park (we drove in one way and drove out the other), and I would highly recommend driving in from Highway 12. That drive takes you through a beautiful area of carved canyons reminiscent of a "mini Grand Canyon". At the falls, you are able to climb up to the top of the cliffs where you get a birdseye view of the canyons and surrounding areas. And if you're lucky, the friendly marmots who reside in the area may come out to greet you. If you have small children, be very careful as the upper cliff areas have no paved trails or guard rails to keep you from falling off the edge. This is a unique and special place in Washington State and is definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed July 18, 2016

Yes it's out in the middle of nowhere. But it's beautiful! We drove from Walla Walla to the waterfall and the drive was gorgeous - rolling hills of wheat. Bring shoes you can walk down a steep, rocky, slick hill. So many people had sandals and were sliding. We spent about an hour there. Some people brought dogs and food down with them. So relaxing and worth the drive. They take the discover pass or $10.

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Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Totally worth the 3 hour drive from Seattle into Cougar territory. There is an Unmaintained trail for those who'd like to adventure down to the falls or water. When facing the falls the trail is to your left ( you can go right, but it's a lot longer). Keep waking left until you find a rocky slope that leads down to the water and follow that until it leads to the top of the water fall. We ran out of time but this trail continues all the way to the water. Please be aware of poison Ivey. Not a hard hike, but not the easiest for small kids. Totally worth the view.

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Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Great place to go for a family day trip. Not recommended for smaller kids, trail is narrow bus easily manageable.

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Reviewed July 11, 2016

This state park is definitely off the beaten trail, but it was a great side trip on our drive from Walla Walla to Pullman. There's a $10 fee for day use; have exact change for the honor system pay station. From the parking area, it's a short, moderately steep walk down steps to a viewing area from which you can see a gorgeous waterfall and the pool into which it runs. There are picnic tables under large trees with a nice view of the falls. A variety of trails, ranging from a wide gravel one to narrow dirt paths, provide access to scenic overlooks. We could see people at the bottom of a steeper trail playing and exploring in and around pools of water upstream from the falls. There's a small camping area by the parking lot, with tables and trees. Between day visitors and campers, we saw a couple dozen people, and were walking along the trails by ourselves most of the time.
Worth noting: the two permanent vault toilets and the multiple portables were, without a doubt, the cleanest I've ever been in...no smell, no flies, hand sanitizer dispenser on the wall. Impressive!

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