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By Matthew O. Stephens
Cheney Free Press 

Palouse Falls hiking areas closed


Last updated 2/8/2022 at 10:14am

Roger Harnack | The Journal

The Palouse River Falls approximately 189 feet at Palouse Falls State Park near Washtucna.

PALOUSE FALLS – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously on Jan. 27 to permanently close areas known to be dangerous in Palouse Falls State Park. The decision comes after four deaths occurred in the park since 2016.

"This closure includes access to rock formation referred to as Castle Rock, the top of the main falls, access to the plunge pool and surrounding canyon walls," Parks Planner Laura Moxham said. "It also incorporates the existing signed area which some people have used to get down to the plunge pool."

Moxham said the parks commission also designated...

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