Palouse Falls State Park, Washtucna

4.5
#28 of 244 in Nature in Washington State
Must see · State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • The falls is great and has nice fenced view points and picnic areas. Most people reading this review aren't going to come here for picking but would want to hike. I have added a few pictures to plan.....  more »
  • You drive through dry hills and all of a sudden there are the falls. It is truly impressive. This is a state park and there are numerous signs explaining the falls, the history of the area and the.....  more »
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  • Great place to visit. Convenient parking and easy access to great views. There is also a quick hiking trail available in close proximity.
  • It was a windy day but it was fun place to visit for a couple hours. There is a hike you can do down to the river but with no view of the waterfall. Not much walking at all to see water fall. I am not sure if they have a hike to the lower part of the falls, but it did not look like it.

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