Eastern Washington has a strange sort of beauty. Rolling hills turn sharp and fields of wheat become rocky outposts, cutting through an almost desert landscape. Drive far enough and you’ll reach Palouse Falls State Park, a secluded waterfall about 100 miles outside of Spokane. This state park has barely defined trails and little amenities, but lots of room for adventure.
The trail, or what serves for one, winds a steep and dusty path down towards the waterfall's highest point. The trail itself is easy enough to follow, but needs a careful hiker as the path is dusty and prone to crumbling underfoot. There are plenty of signs warning that all hiking is “at your own risk” and having fallen twice on my first visit I understand their caution. After a sudden slip, I fell a good 10 feet and had to deal with a muddy butt for the rest of the hike. If you’re like me and are a walking disaster, I highly recommend good shoes ( I wore trail runners and still had issues) and a jump into the rock lined grotto on your way out. You can clean up any evidence of your clumsiness and cool off at the same time. Win win.
Because of the lack of structure, this small park feels bigger than it actually is. I left feeling like I had had an adventure and happy that I had decided to explore this often forgotten part of my home state. Eastern Washington has a lot to offer and I can't wait to see more of it.