Top 100 Waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest

Quantifying Waterfalls based on their height or width or volume are simple tasks, because these are easily measurable characteristics. But how does one fairly quantify or determine what makes the "best" waterfall? This isn't an easy question to answer, because to many individual people certain characteristics or traits may be viewed as contributing more to the "best-ness" of a waterfall than others. We've been attempting to tackle this very subject for over 15 years now, and it hasn't proven easy.

Our rating system was derived in attempt to provide a fair method of comparison between any given waterfalls. While it isn't perfect by any means, it has thus far proven to align with our expectations of how certain waterfalls would (or should) measure up to one another. This list details and identifies the 100 highest rated waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest based on our rating system. This list isn't completely objective, but it is as close as we have thus far been able to come.

Please be aware that the information used to calculate the ratings below is not guaranteed to be accurate, and in some cases may rely on estimations. We strive to keep our data as accurate as possible, so as we obtain more information these rankings can and will change. Additionally there may be waterfalls which are truly worthy of being on this list which we simply don't have enough information for yet.

Map the Top 100 Waterfalls in the Northwest

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Cataloged
Waterfalls which are Cataloged we have visited and surveyed in person. Statistical information should be quite accurate (for the most part), and exact measurements will often be available (information is not guaranteed to always be up to date). Detailed information, directions, and photographs will almost always be available.
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Confirmed
Confirmed Waterfalls are known to exist, should be relatively accurately mapped and geotagged, and the statistical information available will often be dependable. If height information is presented, it may be estimated but should be accurate. Directions will not likely be available.
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Unconfirmed
Unconfirmed Waterfalls are often marked on a published map, but we have yet to confirm the exact location and / or whether or not its stature is significant enough to qualify for listing in the database. Statistical information may be estimated and may be inaccurate. No directions.
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Unknown
Waterfalls marked as Unknown are either suspected to exist based on heresay or a hunch, or we have received unverified information suggesting a waterfall may exist near the location provided but cannot corroborate it in any way. Geodata may not be accurate, the location may not be known at all, and statistical information will be estimated and highly inaccurate.
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Inundated
Inundated Waterfalls have been submerged beneath lakes or reservoirs, usually a result of impoundment of a river behind a dam, and most often no longer functionally exist (there may be rare exceptions). We maintain records for these features out of historical importance.
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Disqualified
Waterfalls which have been marked as Disqualified do not have the necessary stature or features to qualify as a legitimate waterfall according to our criteria. We will maintain records for entries with this status where the feature is well known and / or may have been historically referred to as a waterfall at some point in time.
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Posted
Posted Waterfalls are known to exist, and we may have a large amount of information associated with them, but are located on private property and are not legally accessible to the general public. Accessing waterfalls with this status should not be attempted without first being explicitly granted permission of the property owner.
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Waterfall
Rating
Height
Location
Cataloged
1. Depot Creek Falls

Whatcom County

100.00
948 feet
Whatcom County, Washington
Cataloged
2. Shoshone Falls

Twin Falls County

98.76
212 feet
Twin Falls County, Idaho
Cataloged
3. Snoqualmie Falls

King County

97.45
268 feet
King County, Washington
Cataloged
4. Green Lake Falls

Whatcom County

95.00
980 feet
Whatcom County, Washington
Cataloged
5. Berdeen Falls

Whatcom County

92.95
900 feet
Whatcom County, Washington
Cataloged
6. Multnomah Falls

Multnomah County

89.92
635 feet
Multnomah County, Oregon
Cataloged
7. Angeline Falls

King County

88.92
424 feet
King County, Washington
Cataloged
8. Upper Stevens Creek Falls

Pierce County

88.00
375 feet
Pierce County, Washington
Cataloged
9. Comet Falls

Pierce County

87.85
462 feet
Pierce County, Washington
Cataloged
10. Sulphide Creek Falls

Whatcom County

87.25
2,182 feet
Whatcom County, Washington
Cataloged
11. Jordan Creek Falls

Skagit County

86.52
588 feet
Skagit County, Washington
Cataloged
12. Salt Creek Falls

Lane County

85.16
286 feet
Lane County, Oregon
Cataloged
13. Rush Creek Falls

Skamania County

84.08
200 feet
Skamania County, Washington
Cataloged
14. Linton Falls

Lane County

84.05
615 feet
Lane County, Oregon
Confirmed
15. Ice Falls

Wallowa County

83.99
480 feet
Wallowa County, Oregon
Cataloged
16. Drury Falls

Chelan County

83.37
1,267 feet
Chelan County, Washington
Cataloged
17. Mazama Falls

Whatcom County

83.26
497 feet
Whatcom County, Washington
Cataloged
18. Walupt Creek Falls

Lewis County

83.25
221 feet
Lewis County, Washington
Cataloged
19. Lower Lewis River Falls

Skamania County

81.62
43 feet
Skamania County, Washington
Cataloged
20. Bridal Veil Falls

Snohomish County

80.65
1,291 feet
Snohomish County, Washington
Cataloged
21. Falls Creek Falls

Skamania County

80.06
335 feet
Skamania County, Washington
Cataloged
22. Sahalie Falls

Linn County

79.98
73 feet
Linn County, Oregon
Cataloged
23. Giant Falls

Pierce County

79.95
363 feet
Pierce County, Washington
Cataloged
24. Colonial Creek Falls

Whatcom County

78.77
2,568 feet
Whatcom County, Washington
Cataloged
25. Upper Lewis River Falls

Skamania County

77.48
58 feet
Skamania County, Washington
Cataloged
26. Koosah Falls

Linn County

77.42
64 feet
Linn County, Oregon
Cataloged
27. Lower Foss River Falls

King County

77.34
269 feet
King County, Washington
Cataloged
28. Big Heart Falls

King County

76.71
1,262 feet
King County, Washington
Cataloged
29. Wallace Falls

Snohomish County

76.62
367 feet
Snohomish County, Washington
Cataloged
30. Watson Falls

Douglas County

76.30
293 feet
Douglas County, Oregon
Cataloged
31. Louis Creek Falls

Chelan County

75.04
1,720 feet
Chelan County, Washington
Cataloged
32. Tribulation Falls

Skamania County

74.96
277 feet
Skamania County, Washington
Cataloged
33. Clear Creek Falls

Yakima County

73.37
228 feet
Yakima County, Washington
Cataloged
34. Tin Cup Joe Falls

King County

73.30
463 feet
King County, Washington
Cataloged
35. Proxy Falls

Lane County

72.85
226 feet
Lane County, Oregon
Cataloged
36. Phoenix Falls

Deschutes County

72.61
110 feet
Deschutes County, Oregon
Cataloged
37. Columnar Canyon Falls

Deschutes County

72.52
125 feet
Deschutes County, Oregon
Cataloged
38. Upper Foss River Falls

King County

72.50
337 feet
King County, Washington
Cataloged
39. Bridal Veil Falls

Multnomah County

72.23
118 feet
Multnomah County, Oregon
Cataloged
40. Malachite Falls

King County

71.73
600 feet
King County, Washington
Cataloged
41. Lemolo Falls

Douglas County

71.67
165 feet
Douglas County, Oregon
Cataloged
42. Chush Falls

Deschutes County

71.54
67 feet
Deschutes County, Oregon
Cataloged
43. Tunnel Falls

Hood River County

71.53
165 feet
Hood River County, Oregon
Cataloged
44. Paradise Falls

Skamania County

71.36
126 feet
Skamania County, Washington
Cataloged
45. Tumalo Falls

Deschutes County

70.74
89 feet
Deschutes County, Oregon
Cataloged
46. Middle Lewis River Falls

Skamania County

70.63
33 feet
Skamania County, Washington
Cataloged
47. Sulphide Basin Falls

Whatcom County

70.53
1,000 feet
Whatcom County, Washington
Cataloged
48. Loowit Falls

Skamania County

70.27
186 feet
Skamania County, Washington
Cataloged
49. Abiqua Falls

Marion County

70.14
92 feet
Marion County, Oregon
Cataloged
50. Fryingpan Glacier Falls

Pierce County

69.78
460 feet
Pierce County, Washington
Cataloged
51. Diamond Creek Falls

Lane County

69.78
120 feet
Lane County, Oregon
Cataloged
52. Whinnimic Falls

Kittitas County

69.70
350 feet
Kittitas County, Washington
Cataloged
53. Wells Creek Falls

Whatcom County

69.67
93 feet
Whatcom County, Washington
Cataloged
54. Wahclella Falls

Multnomah County

69.52
127 feet
Multnomah County, Oregon
Cataloged
55. Elowah Falls

Multnomah County

69.24
213 feet
Multnomah County, Oregon
Cataloged
56. Upper Berdeen Falls

Whatcom County

69.03
282 feet
Whatcom County, Washington
Cataloged
57. Narada Falls

Lewis County

68.92
176 feet
Lewis County, Washington
Cataloged
58. Metlako Falls

Hood River County

68.88
82 feet
Hood River County, Oregon
Cataloged
59. Spray Falls

Pierce County

68.78
354 feet
Pierce County, Washington
Cataloged
60. Kanim Falls

King County

68.72
280 feet
King County, Washington
Cataloged
61. Howlaak Falls

Deschutes County

68.67
70 feet
Deschutes County, Oregon
Cataloged
62. Mill Creek Falls

Jackson County

68.61
173 feet
Jackson County, Oregon
Cataloged
63. Lower Linton Falls

Lane County

68.56
85 feet
Lane County, Oregon
Cataloged
64. Mackintosh Falls

Snohomish County

68.22
266 feet
Snohomish County, Washington
Cataloged
65. Willamette Falls

Clackamas County

68.12
42 feet
Clackamas County, Oregon
Cataloged
66. Toketee Falls

Douglas County

68.11
113 feet
Douglas County, Oregon
Cataloged
67. Horsetail Falls

Multnomah County

68.07
214 feet
Multnomah County, Oregon
Cataloged
68. Lower Twin Falls

Snohomish County

68.06
236 feet
Snohomish County, Washington
Cataloged
69. Blum Basin Falls

Whatcom County

67.96
1,680 feet
Whatcom County, Washington
Cataloged
70. Lava Canyon Falls

Skamania County

67.94
132 feet
Skamania County, Washington
Cataloged
71. South Falls

Marion County

67.91
177 feet
Marion County, Oregon
Cataloged
72. Kautz Creek Falls

Pierce County

67.90
400 feet
Pierce County, Washington
Cataloged
73. Great Falls

Yakima County

67.85
320 feet
Yakima County, Washington
Cataloged
74. Rainy Lake Falls

Chelan County

67.58
850 feet
Chelan County, Washington
Cataloged
75. Wilson Glacier Falls

Pierce County

67.57
315 feet
Pierce County, Washington
Cataloged
76. McClellan Falls

Skamania County

67.53
143 feet
Skamania County, Washington
Cataloged
77. North Fork Falls

Snohomish County

67.39
58 feet
Snohomish County, Washington
Cataloged
78. Nooksack Falls

Whatcom County

67.35
88 feet
Whatcom County, Washington
Cataloged
79. Silver Falls

Lewis County

67.20
95 feet
Lewis County, Washington
Cataloged
80. Cedar Falls

Okanogan County

67.18
95 feet
Okanogan County, Washington
Cataloged
81. Margaret Falls

Pierce County

67.12
1,350 feet
Pierce County, Washington
Cataloged
82. Twin Falls

King County

67.03
230 feet
King County, Washington
Cataloged
83. Otter Falls

King County

66.33
1,200 feet
King County, Washington
Cataloged
84. Bacon Lake Falls

Whatcom County

66.15
447 feet
Whatcom County, Washington
Cataloged
85. Nellie Falls

King County

66.11
150 feet
King County, Washington
Posted
86. Sunset Falls

Snohomish County

66.01
104 feet
Snohomish County, Washington
Cataloged
87. Starvation Creek Falls

Hood River County

65.94
227 feet
Hood River County, Oregon
Cataloged
88. Panther Creek Falls

Skamania County

65.48
136 feet
Skamania County, Washington
Cataloged
89. Twister Falls

Hood River County

65.37
130 feet
Hood River County, Oregon
Cataloged
90. Upper Wallace Falls

Snohomish County

65.28
240 feet
Snohomish County, Washington
Cataloged
91. Little Niagara Falls

Skamania County

65.21
74 feet
Skamania County, Washington
Cataloged
92. Sydney Falls

Pierce County

65.12
192 feet
Pierce County, Washington
Cataloged
93. Kaluwas Falls

Deschutes County

65.06
223 feet
Deschutes County, Oregon
Cataloged
94. Latourell Falls

Multnomah County

64.92
224 feet
Multnomah County, Oregon
Posted
95. Canyon Falls

Snohomish County

64.82
42 feet
Snohomish County, Washington
Cataloged
96. Sholes Creek Falls

Whatcom County

64.79
165 feet
Whatcom County, Washington
Cataloged
97. Rampart Falls

Kittitas County

64.75
644 feet
Kittitas County, Washington
Cataloged
98. Engle Falls

King County

64.52
489 feet
King County, Washington
Cataloged
99. Racehorse Falls

Whatcom County

64.35
139 feet
Whatcom County, Washington
Cataloged
100. Hewett Falls

Coos County

64.14
80 feet
Coos County, Oregon

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