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 Issue # 32 June 2006 
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  • Palouse Falls
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  • Palouse Falls
    by Jon Alexander
    June 2006
    Well, spring is almost over and school will soon be letting out. The children will soon be at home for the summer looking for something to do. Oh, what will you do? Summer jobs have always seemed like a good idea to me, but there will eventually be the "I'm bored and there is nothing to do" statements that seem to float aimlessly around the house on lazy summer afternoons. The good news is there are many day trips to take around this area (and wherever you may be as well!) that even you will enjoy. Palouse Falls is one of my favorites and it is just off the Snake River in Washington...but be careful... there are rattlesnakes.

    Palouse Falls State Park consists of 105 acres for camping, hiking and wildlife viewing. According to the website the park was dedicated June 3rd, 1951. The name was changed from "Aputapat" to Palouse Falls to commemorate the Palouse Nation culture.

    There are many trails to hike... but if you are going for the main attraction it is viewable only after you are just above the parking area for the park. For most of the quarter mile above the falls, the river has eroded softer rock to ride harder bedrock right up the crest of the falls. Then the entire river drops 200 feet through an enormous punchbowl to the rocks below! Standing at the observation deck for the falls is attention grabbing in and of itself (but it does leave you wanting to see the river above the falls that is hidden from your view). The stretch of river above the falls can only be viewed by taking one of the hiking trails.

    From SR 261 Palouse Falls is located on Palouse Falls Road East about 14.4 miles southwest of the SR 261 and SR 260 junction. From the Walla Walla, Wa area, take Hwy 12 through Waitsburg and Dayton to SR 261. Follow SR 261 through Lyons Ferry over the Snake River. There will be signs for Palouse Falls.
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