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The West's 100 Best Waterfalls

04.25.18

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  • Falls Creek Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
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  • Havasu Falls is a 90-foot to 100-foot vertical waterfall that goes over a cliff into a large pool.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Lower Proxy Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Multnomah Falls and Benson Bridge.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Spray Falls, Mount Rainier National Park.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Golden Falls, Oregon Coast Range.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • The top tier of the 113-foot Toketee Falls is hidden in a basalt crevice while the bottom portion plunges 85 feet.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • McCord Creek below Elowah Falls during the winter months.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Panther Creek Falls from below.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Ramona Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Drift Creek Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Sol Duc Falls, Olympic National Park.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Narada Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • The largest cascade at Marble Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Moon Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Abiqua Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • 1,430-foot Upper Yosemite Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • South Falls, Silver Falls State Park.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • There is an alternate route into that cave. South Fork Clackamas Falls in the distance.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Tamanawas Falls in winter.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Palouse Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Tumalo Falls from upper viewpoint.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Lower Eagle Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Snoqualmie Falls and Salish Lodge.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Shoshone Falls from the viewing platform.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Myrtle Falls and Mount Rainier (14,411').- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Koosah Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • 462-foot Comet Falls. - The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Wallace Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Salt Creek Falls from the upper viewpoint.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Upper Rock Creek Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Bulson Creek Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • The view of 20-foot Steelhead Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Lower Lewis River Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Looking south toward Alamere Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Lower Yosemite Falls during spring runoff.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Latourell Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Bridal Veil Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Franklin Falls is actually a series of falls, though this final 70-foot drop is the most visible.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Spirit Falls, Little White Salmon River.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Bridal Veil Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Ponytail Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • McCloud River Middle Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Long exposure during sunset.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • A view of Mooney Falls after emerging from the caves.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Moss-covered rocks at the base on Bear Creek Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • 110-foot Lower Emerald Pool Falls and Behunin Creek Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • White River Falls, otherwise known as Celestial Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Walupt Creek Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Lower Calf Creek Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Close view of the waterfall on South Fork Mineral Creek.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Crystal Mill.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • The waters collect silt during large rains, changing the colors of McArthur-Burney Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Rifle Falls from the bridge below.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Bulson Creek Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Sahalie Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Queens River Falls from the creekbed. There are easy 5 to 10-foot cliff jumps into the pool at the base of the falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • The main attraction, Kings Creek Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Lower Kentucky Falls adorned with colorful leaves.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Access to Bridal Veil Falls is not recommeded. The terrain is steep, loose, and dangerous. Additionally, it is difficult to get a worthy vantage of the waterfall.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Lady Face Falls. Actually getting this view takes some dicey scrambling down granite slabs covered in granitic sand. Be careful near the edge!- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Nevada Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Secret Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Still some wildflowers in early August at Upper Fish Creek Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • 135-foot lower Twin Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Brandy Creek Falls, California.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • At the base of the 395-foot Bridal Veil Falls. Pictured at the end of summer.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Royal Basin Falls can be seen on the way to the upper basin near the ranger station.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Marymere Falls, Olympic National Park.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • First Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Dry Creek Falls, Oregon.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Crystal Creek Falls, California.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • The pool at the bottom of Whiskeytown Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Quinault River at Pony Bridge.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Johnston Canyon, Banff National Park.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Gold Creek Falls, B.C.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Lemolo Falls in the Umpqua National Forest. - The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Feather Falls from the viewpoint.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • The entire Canyon Creek Falls, including the lower section.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Sawmill Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • First view of Big Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Punchbowl Falls on Eagle Creek, Oregon.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Crossing the bridge over Pipiwai Stream.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Grizzly Falls in Kings Canyon.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Bridal Veil Falls, Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • The Horsetail Fall firefall in its golden phase, photographed from the El Capitan picnic area.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Myrtle Falls and Mount Rainier (14,411').- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • Wailua Falls, as seen in the opening credit of the Fantasy Island TV series.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • San Antonio Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
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  • Upper Mesa Falls.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
  • The first waterfall along the Kanarra Creek Trail.- The West's 100 Best Waterfalls
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Who doesn't love an incredible waterfall? We sure do. Particularly the ones you can visit. Unlike mountains with big vistas, waterfalls can be enjoyed rain or shine. In fact, heavy rains are a river's lifeblood that truly bring cascades to form, making soggy days the best days for exploration.

There are literally thousands of waterfalls in the U.S. West, and it's hard to pick favorites. Incredibly, roughly 70% of all the waterfalls in the U.S. are located within just two states, Oregon and Washington. The Pacific Northwest's consistent winter showers bring up to 240 inches of rain a year, and spring and summer snowmelt can keep river flows impressive year round. Unfortunately, many of the giants in the Pacific Northwest are completely unaccessible.

Elsewhere, massive falls drop out of the desert, such as the iconic 100-foot Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon, or Emerald Pool Falls in Zion National Park, which has two distinct falls of 300 and 110 feet. And you can look to the Sierra for the nation's tallest single drop: Yosemite Falls, at 2,425 feet, which continues to awe us all.

We've developed quite a portfolio of incredible waterfalls based on our Contributor submissions from throughout the west, but there are still many we still have yet to feature. Nevertheless, here's a list of our top 100 waterfalls in the West including a few in the Canadian West, so strap on your waterproof boots or hiking sandals and hit the trail to one of these beautiful cascades. 

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