Watch the Sunrise at Palouse Falls

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Added by Joe Tobiason

Get up early to watch the stars fade and the sun rise over the Palouse Falls. Then, head up the river to explore the natural headwaters.

Arrive late at night, when you can see the Milk Way high above your heads. Catch some sleep before an early alarm around 6, when there's just a hint of color on the horizon (we went in early October, when the sun doesn't rise until 7). Roll out of bed, and it's only a quarter mile stumble from the camping area over to the viewpoint for the falls. Set up your jet boil, made coffee, and sit down to watch the sun climb over the picturesque waterfall.

When the sun is up, continue on to the south (along the rim of the viewing mesa) until it drops down near a train track. From there, you can access the upper falls area, which is full of beautiful light and vegetation. You can then watch the shadows move across the columnar basalt rock walls and walk back around to the main falls and up to your car.

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