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I loved hiking this trail. it is scarred by the Substation fire, but it was very interesting and very do-able. My chihuahua and I went 8 miles total. The trail we chose was on an old rail bed which made the route out easy with not much elevation difference. The fire really changed the way this trail looks...but I found it very interesting. Take water and snacks...watch for rattlesnakes. There are composting toilets available along the trail. The river is beautiful and very inviting this time of year. We returned via the trail that follows right near the river. As for the trail, I recommend the Deschutes Canyon trail.

Drove two hours, and let me tell you it was worth it!

Please please please be careful if you hike off-road here. We have had way too many casualties here in the last few years from people swimming next to the falls or getting too close to cliffs. Bringing dogs or small children is not a good idea because the trail is so steep in some spots.

All of that said, the best time to come is Spring because the falls are still full, and the hikes are gorgeous. I do three different locations: hike out to where you can stand above the falls, hike along the walls of the canyon, and hike down to the water. The trail down to the water is very worn. It gets extremely hot here, so multiple water bottles is a must. Also, parking is by check or cash only unless you have a Discover pass.

Beautiful trial! Go in the early morning so you could enjoy the scenery more before you need to return down to wallowa.

backpacking
15 days ago

July - Mid Summer

The hike to mirror lake, as well as the summit, offers some of the best alpine views I’ve ever seen with my own two eyes.

There are a lot of people on this trail though. The parking area was so packed we had to park on the road. Finding a campsite wasn’t too difficult (and we found a decent site), but we had quite a few neighbors. We also passed several people, dogs and horses on the trail.

Didn’t really see in wildlife.

The trail itself isn’t too difficult. It is very well maintained, and very easy to find your way to the basin. The beginning section is probably the most difficult, as you do most of your accent there until you reach the upper valley. Going to the summit makes for a great day hike, but you gain about 2000 feet in less than 3 miles.

There is a toilet at the parking area. Parking costs $5 per day, and a wilderness permit is required (free at trailhead). Also make sure you read the regulations as campfires are prohibited within 1/4 of a mile from many of the lakes in the basin.

Overall a beautiful trip, If a little overcrowded. Would recommend doing in the off season to avoid the crowd.

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike, beautiful views, varied terrain. There was still some snow on the trail but it was passable with a little side stepping.

walking
1 month ago

The little hike is well worth it... It's like 1.5hrs away from Tri-Cities. Pretty nice for landscape photography. BUT extremely hot during summer months as it is pretty dry and almost desert-like (like most of South East WA) so make sure you bring plenty of water and sunblock!

hiking
1 month ago

Well worth the hike! The lake is stunning.

hiking
1 month ago

hiked to the bottom of the palouse falls with my dog! 100% worth it at the bottom but wouldn't suggest bringing a dog lol! tons of loose gravel!

June30,2018- We drove all the way from tacoma, 4.5hrs on the road is so worth it! Hiking around the falls was like walk on a park but going down to the falls will kick your ass! Trail eroded but there’s a rope were you can rappel on the way down. And climbing up is the hardest part coz i found myself doing rock climbing (watch out for falling rocks) And never ignore the sign when it says dangerous area. Lol. But it was soooooo worth it.

backpacking
1 month ago

I did an out and back to mile 12 as a slow and easy backpacking trip. WATCH OUT FOR SNAKES!!! Came across a few rattlers and had some nerve racking experiences with em. Just keep and eye out and you will be fine. It’s just easy to get distracted by the beautiful rolling hills. One luxury is the amount of outhouses along the trail, and fully stocked. The ranch house at mile 12 has officially collapsed and is no longer standing. The rail car at around mile 5 or 6 is still in great condition (so let’s keep it that way!) Other than those few things the trail itself was a piece of cake, miles were easy with hardly any elevation. The heat is probably the only thing to slow you down, so start as early in the day as possible, and take breaks as needed, or go swimming!

Great place to spend the day hiking and exploring. Bring plenty of water and watch out for the rattlers.

if you are up for a good hard hike on all terrain this is a great hike to make. the views are amazing and there is lots of wildlife. it does get windy, but at times that is a blessing. half of the trail does not exist. but if you stick to the east side of the river, there are cattle trails you can follow a lot of the way. I do recommend the hike, but know that it is not for all skill levels.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a beautiful hike the whole way with the gorgeous reward of Aneroid lake at the end. First two miles are steepish but after that it gently climbs. We did this on 6/22/18. Small snow patches up near the lake. The top 3 miles of the trail are ok for somewhat technical trail running. We ran down from the lake for about 4 miles but that last mile was we’re rocky.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Biked and my ass was sore for a week but great views the entire way. I'll hike along river trail next time and enjoy more shade.

hiking
2 months ago

very great place worth driving from Seattle was more what I thought totally the best

walking
2 months ago

Pretty country drive with Easy access to a great view of the waterfall. This is a great place for a picnic but the campground is awful with no trees and outhouse only.

hiking
2 months ago

First time there, we got there early and took our two dogs. Had a great time!

scenic driving
2 months ago

We didn’t hike, we just walked to view the waterfall due to time restraints. The road getting there was beautiful and winding too.

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous! There is a steep section when facing down towards the river. Marked trails are the safest, and still give access to the waterfall

Two hours of breath taking views of the canyon and mountain peaks including Mount Jefferson and the Three Sisters. Some steep areas with loose gravel, so be careful and make sure you have proper footwear. Spring temps were low in the morning but with no shade for miles, the sun warmed continuously. Take hat and sunscreen, for sure.

All along the trail were an abundance of spring flowers - take time to tune into the details of low vegetation here in the high desert. At the top of the mesa, Raven’s Roost, is a viewpoint with a stone and concrete mountain peak viewer. Peer through the holes that pin point peaks and radio tower. Fascinating stopping point.

All in all enjoyable hike that took 2 hours with lots of short rests.

Can’t truly review this as trail is closed. Blocked off at entrance. I’m assuming because of the drowning out there not too long ago. Sign just says “closed until further notice”

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked it clockwise a few days ago with wife. We did it round trip, but last 1/8 mile was a scramble up a loose rock field, pulling ourselves up toward a railroad track by grabbing a rock outcropping on our right. Hike is not for the faint of heart - see link below. In hindsight, we should have hiked down to the top of the falls and returned the same way we came, which would have eliminated a long cliff hugging trail section which takes you close to the base of the falls and then back up to the parking area if you can navigate a steep scramble uphill at the end. If you look at the map provided on the Alltrails site, you will notice a gap in the “loop” - this gap is a a steep hard to ascend slope (fenced off at top) - we had to go past it to find a route to ascend to the parking lot. There was a fatality in late May 2017, due to a fall from this trail.

https://www.seattletimes.com/life/outdoors/state-to-out-of-bounds-hikers-at-palouse-falls-keep-out-and-we-mean-it/

Decent; expect some clay mud.

hiking
4 months ago

great trail for beginners and what an awesome waterfall! if you're squeamish of heights then hiking to the falls may not be for you but it's only really tall at the very end. great little trek though.

Beautiful trail, today it was a quiet and peaceful day, almost no other people arround. We only met some fishermen, and a bunch of teenagers enjoying nature within their tents.

Not breathtaking, but it's a fun day. My five year old was tired at the end but had so much fun. We will definitely do it again.

hiking
5 months ago

World class waterfall! In the middle of NOWHERE! But worth the drive from wherever you’re from.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail, a little muddy but overall great hike.

hiking
5 months ago

I went March of 2017 and it was good. I didn’t hike all the way down because I had my dog but I got some amazing pictures.

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