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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Subterranean
Though not common, some waterfalls can be found entirely underground within cave systems. Access to subterranean waterfalls can vary from easy via developed walkways to requiring a high level of extremely technical spelunking skill, including familiarity with ropework and a distinct lack of claustrophobia.
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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, Washington

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

Twin Falls County, Idaho

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

King County, Washington

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

Whatcom County, Washington

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

Whatcom County, Washington

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

Multnomah County, Oregon

89.92
635 feet
Multnomah County, Oregon
Cataloged
7. Upper Stevens Creek Falls

Pierce County, Washington

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

Pierce County, Washington

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

Whatcom County, Washington

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

Skagit County, Washington

86.52
588 feet
Skagit County, Washington
Cataloged
11. Angeline Falls

King County, Washington

85.36
424 feet
King County, Washington
Cataloged
12. Salt Creek Falls

Lane County, Oregon

85.16
286 feet
Lane County, Oregon
Confirmed
13. Ice Falls

Wallowa County, Oregon

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

Chelan County, Washington

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

Whatcom County, Washington

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

Lewis County, Washington

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

Skamania County, Washington

81.62
43 feet
Skamania County, Washington
Cataloged
18. Willamette Falls

Clackamas County, Oregon

81.47
42 feet
Clackamas County, Oregon
Cataloged
19. Bridal Veil Falls

Snohomish County, Washington

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

Skamania County, Washington

80.06
335 feet
Skamania County, Washington
Cataloged
21. Giant Falls

Pierce County, Washington

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

Whatcom County, Washington

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

Skamania County, Washington

77.48
58 feet
Skamania County, Washington
Cataloged
24. Rush Creek Falls

Skamania County,

77.44
208 feet
Skamania County,
Cataloged
25. Sahalie Falls

Linn County, Oregon

77.43
73 feet
Linn County, Oregon
Cataloged
26. Wallace Falls

Snohomish County, Washington

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

Douglas County, Oregon

76.30
293 feet
Douglas County, Oregon
Cataloged
28. Koosah Falls

Linn County, Oregon

76.15
74 feet
Linn County, Oregon
Cataloged
29. Louis Creek Falls

Chelan County, Washington

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

Skamania County, Washington

74.96
277 feet
Skamania County, Washington
Cataloged
31. Big Heart Falls

King County, Washington

74.60
1,262 feet
King County, Washington
Cataloged
32. Clear Creek Falls

Yakima County, Washington

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

King County, Washington

73.30
463 feet
King County, Washington
Cataloged
34. Linton Falls

Lane County, Oregon

72.98
600 feet
Lane County, Oregon
Cataloged
35. Proxy Falls

Lane County, Oregon

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

Deschutes County, Oregon

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

Deschutes County, Oregon

72.52
125 feet
Deschutes County, Oregon
Cataloged
38. Bridal Veil Falls

Multnomah County, Oregon

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

King County, Washington

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

Douglas County, Oregon

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

Deschutes County, Oregon

71.54
67 feet
Deschutes County, Oregon
Cataloged
42. Paradise Falls

Skamania County, Washington

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

Deschutes County, Oregon

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

Skamania County, Washington

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

Whatcom County, Washington

70.53
1,000 feet
Whatcom County, Washington
Cataloged
46. Metlako Falls

Hood River County, Oregon

70.35
82 feet
Hood River County, Oregon
Cataloged
47. Loowit Falls

Skamania County, Washington

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

Marion County, Oregon

70.14
92 feet
Marion County, Oregon
Cataloged
49. Tunnel Falls

Hood River County, Oregon

69.95
172 feet
Hood River County, Oregon
Cataloged
50. Fryingpan Glacier Falls

Pierce County, Washington

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

Lane County, Oregon

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

Kittitas County, Washington

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

Whatcom County, Washington

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

Multnomah County, Oregon

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

Multnomah County, Oregon

69.24
213 feet
Multnomah County, Oregon
Cataloged
56. Goat Falls

Whatcom County,

69.03
282 feet
Whatcom County,
Cataloged
57. Lower North Fork Falls

Snohomish County, Washington

69.03
67 feet
Snohomish County, Washington
Cataloged
58. Narada Falls

Lewis County, Washington

68.92
176 feet
Lewis County, Washington
Cataloged
59. Spray Falls

Pierce County,

68.78
354 feet
Pierce County,
Cataloged
60. Kanim Falls

King County, Washington

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

Deschutes County, Oregon

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

Jackson County, Oregon

68.61
173 feet
Jackson County, Oregon
Cataloged
63. Upper Foss River Falls

King County, Washington

68.39
337 feet
King County, Washington
Cataloged
64. Mackintosh Falls

Snohomish County, Washington

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

Douglas County, Oregon

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

Multnomah County, Oregon

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

Snohomish County, Washington

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

Whatcom County, Washington

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

Skamania County, Washington

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

Marion County, Oregon

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

Pierce County, Washington

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

Yakima County, Washington

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

Chelan County, Washington

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

Pierce County, Washington

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

Skamania County, Washington

67.53
143 feet
Skamania County, Washington
Cataloged
76. Nooksack Falls

Whatcom County, Washington

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

Lewis County, Washington

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

Okanogan County, Washington

67.18
95 feet
Okanogan County, Washington
Cataloged
79. Twin Falls

King County, Washington

67.03
230 feet
King County, Washington
Cataloged
80. Lower Foss River Falls

King County, Washington

66.47
251 feet
King County, Washington
Cataloged
81. Otter Falls

King County, Washington

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

Whatcom County, Washington

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

King County, Washington

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

Snohomish County, Washington

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

Hood River County, Oregon

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

Skamania County, Washington

65.48
136 feet
Skamania County, Washington
Cataloged
87. Upper Wallace Falls

Snohomish County, Washington

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

Skamania County, Washington

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

Pierce County, Washington

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

Deschutes County, Oregon

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

Multnomah County, Oregon

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

Snohomish County, Washington

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

Whatcom County, Washington

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

Kittitas County, Washington

64.75
644 feet
Kittitas County, Washington
Cataloged
95. North Fork Falls

Snohomish County, Washington

64.55
58 feet
Snohomish County, Washington
Cataloged
96. Engle Falls

King County, Washington

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

Whatcom County, Washington

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

Coos County, Oregon

64.14
80 feet
Coos County, Oregon
Cataloged
99. Boston Creek Falls

Skagit County, Washington

64.06
1,627 feet
Skagit County, Washington
Cataloged
100. Lower Rock Creek Falls

Skamania County, Washington

64.06
53 feet
Skamania County, Washington

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