Wallace Falls State Park

Gold Bar, Washington

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This deservedly popular hike leads to an impressive series of waterfalls in the Skykomish River Valley, nine of which drop more than 50 feet and whose centerpiece is the 265-foot Middle Falls. The falls aren’t the only attraction, however, as old-growth forest, a wide network of trails, and local history all converge at this year-round park.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens (Menasha Ridge Press)

This deservedly popular hike leads to an impressive series of waterfalls in the Skykomish River Valley, nine of which drop more than 50 feet and whose centerpiece is the 265-foot Middle Falls. The falls aren’t the only attraction, however, as old-growth forest, a wide network of trails, and local history all converge at this year-round park.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gold Bar
Distance: 5.4
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Season: Hikable year-round, daily, 8 a.m.–sunset
Trailhead Elevation: 400 feet
Top Elevation: 1,600 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 360-793-0420; parks.state.wa.us/289/Wallace-Falls
Local Maps: Green Trails: Index 142; USGS Gold Bar
Topo Map: Wallace Falls State Park Topographic Map
Guide Book: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

5/18/2010

Hike out to Barclay was nice and easy, after reading both the description of this trail on trails.com and the WTA site I didn't expect finding the trailhead to eagle or stone lake to be hard... My friend and I searched a good 20 minutes around the area where the trail abruptly ended and had no such luck. Once we reached the lake we continued along the path for a good 15 minutes until the path clearly ended. Wish we had found the rest of the hike!

5/5/2010

We hiked all the way to eagle lake and the incline after barclay lake is pretty gnarly. there was snow about 1/8 of a mile from stone lake and then all through paradise meadow until eagle lake. cabin is rad. snow pack was crusty enough to walk on without snowshoes but would be nice.

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