Merriman Falls is the most accessible waterfall in the Lake Quinault area of the Olympic Peninsula. The falls plunge about 40 feet over a cliff before splashing through a pile of rocks and logs covered in all sorts of mosses and ferns and passing under the road towards the Quinault River. The falls are one of the most popular attractions in the Quinault area due to its ease of access, yet at the same time its a very little known waterfall among the various popular waterfalls in the Olympics. Merriman Creek has a rather small catchment basin, so expect it to be reduced in stature in the summer and fall.
- Merriman Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.
The falls are located immediately next to the South Shore Road just outside of Olympic National Park, east of Lake Quinault. Drive about 3 1/2 miles past the Gatton Creek Campground, which is in turn 1 mile beyond the Lake Quinault Lodge, to a large turnout along the road next to the bridge over Merriman Creek. The falls are clearly visible from the road, and are rather hard to miss.