Waterfall Pictures: Photo gallery of landscapes dominated by beautiful forest waterfalls on the Olympic Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest. (Click on any photo to open a gallery of full size photos.)
Pictured: Madison Falls. Despite not being the tallest waterfall, the area surrounding this waterfall is very scenic. Water cascades over copious moss glowing an emerald green year round.
Niagara Falls they are not, but several of the waterfalls pictured here are impressive and very picturesque; perhaps you will agree when you've seen these waterfall pictures:
Technically the Falls are located inside the Olympic National Park, however they can be accessed any time without paying an entry fee.
Marymere Falls is probably one of the most impressive of the waterfalls on the Olympic Peninsula. The creek drops 119 feet down the sheer rock face before continuing on its way to Barnes Creek and Lake Crescent.
Getting There: From Highway 101, leave the highway by following the signs to Lake Crescent Lodge. Once off the highway, follow the signs to Marymere Falls and Storm King Ranger Station. The trailhead is very near the Ranger Station, and hard to miss.
Sol Duc Falls is the reward at the end of the 0.8 mile (1.3 km) Soleduck Trail. The trailhead is located at the end of Sol Duc Road, you can't miss it because the road dead-ends in the trailhead parking lot.
If you prefer, you can also hike the Lover's Lane trail which starts at Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, although this route will result in a 2+ mile hike one way.
Above: The Sol Duc River tumbles through a mini-gorge and then widens into salmon spawning gravel-strewn shallows.
Pictured at right: Coho salmon leaping the Salmon Cascade on the Sol Duc River downstream from the Sol Duc Falls. These "falls" are just high enough for the salmon to leap.
Several species of salmon spawn in the Sol Duc River between the Salmon Cascade and the falls.
Bunch Falls and Merriman Falls are almost visible from South Shore Road along the Quinault River which drains into Lake Quinault in the southern parts of the Olympic National Park.
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