While waterfall-hunting might be one of our all-time favorite hobbies, what if we were to tell you that there's one, in particular, you may not have found yet? Allow us to introduce you to one of Pacific Northwest's hidden wonders: the Spirit Falls in Washington.
Located near White Salmon, this trail doesn't require you to pay any fees to visit. It's only a short 0.8-mile trek through old-growth forests, but the rocky incline makes it a difficult one.
This remote trail can be hard to find, but you'll know you've found the spot when you reach a steep descent paved with rocks that leads you to a river.
The hike by the stream will get your adrenaline pumping because you'll have to climb up rocks. It involves scrambling on steep, mossy boulders, so make sure you pick a day that's not rainy and wear shoes with good traction.
Once you get here, you'll be rewarded with the inviting roar of the 33-foot waterfall that cascades into a crystal clear pool that almost looks magical.
It's very popular amongst kayakers, so don't be too surprised if you find paddlers out on an adventure.
While spring and summer are a popular time to visit, winter brings with it a Narnia-esque quality.
You'll even find parts of the rapids frozen with many icicles on the surrounding walls that frame it.
When the flow of water isn't at its peak, you can even see a cave behind it. Be sure to snap a pic from a distance as this spot is inaccessible.
If you're up for a good challenge and rewarding views of one of Washington's best-kept secrets, this is the spot for you.
There are also plenty of other hidden gems at their cascading best in the Evergreen State.
The question is, which one are you chasing next?
Length: Approx. 0.8-miles roundtrip
Address: White Salmon, WA
Why You Need To Go: This rewarding hike will take you to a turquoise waterfall which is one of Washington's best-kept secrets.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.