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Naked Falls
   Skamania County, Washington

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Naked Falls is the second largest waterfall on the Washougal River and one of the more interesting large-river waterfalls in the state. It has a similar appearance to Middle Lewis River Falls, but on a smaller scale. In addition to it's rather unique shape, the river boasts some of the most colorful rock above and below the falls, making the bright orange bedrock under the clear blue water as much of an attraction as the falls are.

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Naked Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.

The name of the falls has been in local usage for a long time, stemming from the popularity of the falls as a locale to sunbathe in the nude during the summer.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

The falls are located along the Washougal River, about 20 miles NE of Washougal. There are two ways to reach the falls. For those of you coming from the east along SR 14, watch for Salmon Falls Road, which branches off of SR 14 about 10 miles west of the Bridge of the Gods or 3 miles east of the Cape Horn viewpoint. Drive 3 miles along Salmon Falls road to the bridge across the Washougal River, where Salmon Falls can be seen just upstream. Turn right at the intersection immediately beyond and continue for another 5 miles to the second bridge over the Washougal River where Dougan Falls can be seen to the right. Coming from the west, the easiest way to reach the falls is as follows. In Washougal, approximately 9 miles east of Interstate 205, turn north onto SR 140. After about 10 miles, 140 becomes the Washougal River road. Continue for approximately 7 miles (passing Salmon Falls Road after about 2 miles) to the Dougan Falls bridge. From Dougan Falls, turn right on the gravel extension of the Washougal River Road (a sign points towards Stevenson), and follow for another 1.8 miles to where the river comes back near the road. There will be a large pullout on the left side of the road and a rude path dropping down to the river on the right. Near the viewpoint for the falls, the "path" drops down a sheer 5 foot embankment. It's possible to get up and down without assistance, but a rope would be very helpful. If you don't spot the falls on your first try, drive to the bridge below Reeder Falls, and look downstream to the brink of the falls to re-orient yourself.

Latitude

45.68465 N

Longitude

-122.13176 W

Elevation

728 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Bobs Mountain 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Reeder Falls

0.3 miles

Docs Drop

1.012 miles

Mad Dog Falls

1.033 miles

Dougan Falls

2.089 miles

Dougan Creek Falls

2.188 miles

Tsunami Falls

3.467 miles

Unnamed Waterfall

3.87 miles

Railcar Falls

4.834 miles

Apron Falls

4.915 miles

Quad Falls

5.537 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

53.47

IWC

3.83  (Class 4)

RATING

52.02 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

18 feet

Tallest Drop

18 feet

Num. Drops

1

AVG. Width

80 feet

Pitch

77 degrees

Run

35 feet

Primary Form

Vertical Block

 

Watershed

Washougal River

Stream

Washougal River

AVG. Volume

700.0 cfs

Source

Unknown

Seasonality

Best Flows

Winter - Spring

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

May 21, 2011

Edited basic information about this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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