5 Ridiculously Easy Waterfalls for the Lazy Hiker

The Pacific Northwest is one of the most breath-taking areas of America for nature-lovers. There is no limit to the amount of gorgeous trails, cascading waterfalls, and endless shades of green the Northwest has to offer. However, for many of us, these hikes can be strenuous, if not impossible. For those of us who want to be awed by cascading waterfalls, but don’t want to work too hard for it, there are still stunning hikes which are extremely short, easy, and accessible.

Lower Lewis River Falls (Skamania County, Washington)

Photo by Cliff Birdsall

- Distance: less than 500 feet (to overlook)

- Northwest Forest Pass required

- Family friendly

- Pit Toilets available

White River Falls (Wasco County, Oregon)

Photo by Pam Falcioni

-Distance: About 1 mile (round trip)

-No parking pass required

-Restrooms available

Multnomah Falls (Columbia River Gorge, Oregon)

Photo by Scott McCracken

-Distance: About 2 miles (*see note)

-No parking pass required

-Family friendly

-Gift shop / Food available

-Restrooms available

*Note: Due to the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, many of the waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge have been damaged and/or closed. As for Multnomah Falls, much of the trail leading to the top of the falls has been closed off. However, the lower viewing platform re-opened in the spring of 2018, so visitors can still enjoy a full view of the magnificent waterfall.

Tumalo Falls (Deschutes County, Oregon)

Photo by Lee Smith

-Distance: About ¼ mile (to overlook)

-Family friendly

-Northwest Forest Pass required (or $5 day use fee)

-Restrooms available

Staircase Rapids Loop Trail (Olympic National Park, Washington)

Photo by Mirek

-Distance: 2 miles (loop trail)

-National Park Pass required (or entry fee of $25 for cars / $10 to walk in)

-Family friendly

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