Photos Of The Pacific Northwest – Myrtle Falls

If the Pacific Northwest is known for anything, it’s trees and waterfalls. Washington in particular has both in spades.

If you’re a budding photographer this can be a dream come true. That is if you can figure out where to start. If that’s the boat you’re in, let me suggest an incredibly photogenic waterfall – Myrtle Falls.

I’ll include some photos of Myrtle Falls so you can see what’s possible but let’s talk about the falls and get some tips so you can take some unique photos!

As for Myrtle Falls itself, it is a waterfall located in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state, USA. With its cascading falls, lush greenery, and majestic views, the area is a photographer’s paradise.

The falls are named after the Western Red Cedar (also known as the Myrtle tree) that grows along the river and is a popular destination for visitors to the park. The falls are approximately 90 feet (27 meters) tall and flow from the Nisqually River.

Capturing The Best Photos Of Myrtle Falls – 3 Tips

Choose the Right Time of Day

The time of day can have a significant impact on how your photos turn out. For example, if you want to get shots that highlight the sun-kissed beauty of Myrtle Falls, then plan your photo session for sunrise or sunset when the sunlight casts an orange-golden glow over everything.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for something more dramatic and moody, try photographing during cloudy days or twilight hours. Pay attention to light conditions and choose times when shadows are minimal and colors are at their most vibrant.

Find Unique Perspectives

When it comes to taking pictures at Myrtle Falls, sometimes it pays off to think outside the box. Instead of taking typical wide-angle shots from ground level, try looking for interesting angles from unusual vantage points such as rocks or trees. You could even take aerial shots with a drone for an entirely different perspective.

If you’re feeling adventurous and don’t mind getting wet (and having fun!), why not take some underwater photos? I haven’t tried this yet but the possibilities are endless if you’re creative enough!

Put Safety First

Myrtle Falls may be beautiful but it can also be dangerous if safety measures aren’t taken seriously. Always follow posted signs and obey all rules while exploring this area so that both yourself and others remain safe at all times.

To prevent slipping or falling into the water accidentally, consider wearing shoes with non-slip soles that provide extra grip on wet surfaces. It may also be helpful to bring along a buddy who can help watch over your equipment while you’re busy shooting away!

Myrtle Falls Photo Gallery

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Visiting Myrtle Falls

Getting There

Myrtle Falls is located near Mount Rainier in Washington State. It can be reached by car from Seattle in about two hours.

You’ll start out on I-5 South for about 40 miles before taking exit 127 onto WA-512 East towards Puyallup/Spanaway. Stay on WA-512 for about 20 miles until you reach WA-7 South and then follow it for another 10 miles until you reach Sumpter Valley Road.

Turn left onto Sumpter Valley Road and continue for approximately 8 miles until you reach the parking lot for Myrtle Falls Trailhead.

Hiking the Myrtle Falls Trail

The Myrtle Falls trail is well-maintained and easy to follow with several signs throughout marking your route. The hike itself is fairly short at only 0.8 miles roundtrip and offers stunning views of Mount Rainier along the way.

At its peak, the trail offers an up-close look at Myrtle Falls as well as some great spots to take pictures beneath its cascading waters.

Just be sure to bring plenty of water and dress appropriately if you plan on exploring further than just the falls themselves!

As with most spots in Washington, there is the constant threat of rain so you’ll want to bring a rain jacket…because I sure didn’t and it was miserable.

Camping Nearby

If you’re looking to make a weekend out of your trip, there are plenty of camping options nearby including Ohanapecosh Campground which is located just 5 minutes away from the falls. This campground has over 180 sites available so it’s best to book ahead if possible!

Alternatively, there are also several rental cabins available in nearby Packwood that provide a comfortable stay close to nature without having to set up a tent or RV yourself!


Myrtle Falls is an incredible place that offers breathtaking views and photographic opportunities galore.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced photographer, this gorgeous spot will offer plenty of inspiration for capturing amazing shots that will last forever.

Just remember to choose your timing wisely, look for unique perspectives, and always put safety first before taking pictures at Myrtle Falls!

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