Indian Canyon Falls, Washington

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Indian Canyon Falls in April 2011

I should have written about this waterfall years ago. I visited Indian Canyon Falls in April 2011, and I distinctly remember enjoying my visit to Indian Canyon Falls, but I don’t remember many of the other details about the hike. Was it a difficult hike? I don’t remember? How long is the hike? Not really sure. And searching online doesn’t seem to provide a whole lot of clear information, even 8 years later. It seems to be a hidden gem still.

Indian Canyon Falls is right outside of Spokane. I stumbled upon it searching online. It’s not in many books about waterfalls of the Pacific Northwest. I don’t remember it being a particularly difficult hike nor do I remember it being long, but it’s been a while. It seems from searching that the hike is a short one, but that it is of moderate difficulty. When I visited in April, there seemed to be more water flowing over the falls than I have seen in some other pictures. I still found it to be a beautiful waterfall, and if you’re in the Spokane area, I would encourage you to seek out Indian Canyon Falls.

Directions:

  1. I’m just going to provide the last few steps you’ll probably take to get to the parking area for the falls. You’ll end up on N Government Way at some point. You’ll want to head north, likely.
  2. Turn left on W Greenwood Rd.
  3. After about 1000 feet, you’ll then split left onto S Indian Canyon Drive. You should come to a parking area at W Canyon Drive (at least that’s what it shows on Google).
  4. I don’t remember if there were numbered trails. One website refers to using trail 121…The waterfall seemed easy enough to find.

Accessibility: 6/10 (Moderate)
Height: ~30′
Length of Hike: 1 mile round-trip (?)

Where in the World is Indian Canyon Falls?

Upper Spokane Falls, Washington

Upper Spokane Falls is found in downtown Spokane. Spokane is a very enjoyable, moderately sized city, and viewing the falls is equally as enjoyable. I do seem to remember that in April 2011, there was construction/demolition occurring directly near the falls.

In April 2011, the falls were at full intensity. In some ways, high volume means you see nature at its fullest fury. At the same time, the falls seem to lose some of there finer structure. The Upper Falls are separated by Canada Island. The photo below is of the right portion of the falls. If you are one of those people that would rather avoid seeing man-made structures near a waterfall, the falls might not be for you. On the other hand, if you enjoy seeing how humans can tame a wild landscape, the falls might be for you! The falls are not tall, though they can be powerful. I’m not sure I would drive out of the way just to visit these falls, but if you’re in Spokane, then don’t hesitate to take a trip downtown. (Indian Canyon Falls, found at the edges of Spokane, has more character.)

Directions:

  1. I would suggest following the signs as you exit for downtown Spokane. There are multiple different ways to get to the park, and I honestly don’t remember which roads were utilized.
  2. If you have a GPS, I would suggest finding the intersection of W Spokane Falls Blvd and N Post St. There is a parking area on N Post St just north of W Spokane Falls Blvd. There may be a fee to park there.
  3. Both Upper Spokane Falls and Lower Spokane Falls can be viewed by short hikes from the parking area.

Accessibility: 10/10  (easy, I think it might even be wheelchair accessible?)
Height: 23′
Length of Hike: negligible

Upper Spokane Falls in April 2011

Where in the World is Upper Spokane Falls?