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USA Merriman Falls

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Merriman Falls is the most accessible waterfall in the Lake Quinault area of the Olympic Peninsula. The falls plunge about 40 feet over a cliff before splashing through a pile of rocks and logs covered in all sorts of mosses and ferns and passing under the road towards the Quinault River. The falls are one of the most popular attractions in the Quinault area due to its ease of access, yet at the same time its a very little known waterfall among the various popular waterfalls in the Olympics.

Photography Tips

Lots of moss, lots of rock, lots of macro possibilities - both water and botanical. You'll want both ultra wide and macro lenses available, as well as use of a polarizer. Merriman Creek has a rather small catchment basin, so expect it to be reduced in stature in the summer and fall.

Travel Information

The falls are located immediately next to the South Shore Road just outside of Olympic National Park, east of Lake Quinault. Drive about 3 1/2 miles past the Gatton Creek Campground, which is 1 mile beyond the Lake Quinault Lodge, to a large turnout along the road next to the bridge over Merriman Creek. The falls are clearly visible from the road, and are hard to miss.
Spot Type Outdoor
Crowd Factor Nearly no other people
Best Timing Sunrise during spring
Sunrise & Sunset 05:25 - 20:58 | current local time: 13:36
Photo Themes Waterfall
Locations Washington State

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