Wallace Falls State Park Trail

Gold Bar, Washington

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Wallace Falls is a spectacular cataract that is visible as far as the Stevens Pass highway, miles away. In recent years, it has become easily accessible. The trail is short, sometimes steep, and can be muddy in spring and fall. However, the low elevation means it is open for walking when the highlands are snowed in. Hazards are minimal except at the trail’s end, overlooking the falls, where spray makes every surface slippery and requires that every child’s hand be held tight. One Mother’s Day, I took two toddlers, a baby, and two grandmothers to Wallace Falls. The kids had a grand time (and were carried much of the way), but the grandmothers never forgave me!
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

Wallace Falls is a spectacular cataract that is visible as far as the Stevens Pass highway, miles away. In recent years, it has become easily accessible. The trail is short, sometimes steep, and can be muddy in spring and fall. However, the low elevation means it is open for walking when the highlands are snowed in.

Hazards are minimal except at the trail’s end, overlooking the falls, where spray makes every surface slippery and requires that every child’s hand be held tight. One Mother’s Day, I took two toddlers, a baby, and two grandmothers to Wallace Falls. The kids had a grand time (and were carried much of the way), but the grandmothers never forgave me!

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gold Bar
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 880 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: April-November
Trailhead Elevation: 300 feet
Top Elevation: 1,180 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 142 Index; USGS Gold Bar
Driving Directions: Directions to Wallace Falls State Park Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/9/2011
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Awesome water falls and well maintenanced trails. Go on a somewhat cloudy day if you want to take pics.


4/17/2011
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I hiked this trail with my family and a couple of dogs. It was beautiful all along the way.


7/17/2010
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Great trail, really well maintained. Extremely busy however so if you are looking for any kind of solitude this is not your trail. Sports some great views of Wallace Falls in several view points. Really would like to also check out Wallace Lake and make a full loop.


2/9/2010
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Very well maintained trail. I hiked this trail on a clear mild weekday in winter and saw about 10 pairs of hikers. I also saw about three pieces of trash on the trail. Way too much for this early in the season. Hikers must pack out what they carry in. I kept Abigail on her lead the entire hike. There are drop offs and cliffs on this trail and if your dog accidently falls in they will be killed. Unfortunately, I passed four groups of hikers with dogs and NONE of them had their dogs on a leash. There is a BIG sign at the trail head that says dogs must remain on a leash. Dogs can really get hurt on this trail but even worste they can aggrivate wildlife in the area. A yippy dog will attract bears right back to the owner. I hope these irresponsible dog owners don't find this out out the hard way. There is also an alternate trail called The Railroad Grade Trail that adds 1 mile to the trip in either direction. This trail is clearly marked by signs. It eventually rejoins the Wallace Falls Trail before you reach the lower falls. I used this trail on the way back down and did not see one hiker. That is where the picture of Abigail was taken. Great trail and well maintained. Unfortunate about the ignorant hikers.


9/20/2009
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Worth every step, it is a little difficult the higher you get on the mountain side but worth every step and every pant. Great trail to bring dogs on, very easy for the dogs. The falls are beautiful this time of year. We got great pics of the falls from each view point. The higher you go the better the shots but at the lower end you can see the whole falls. It is deffintly something to expirience.



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