Wallace Falls State Park

Gold Bar, Washington 98251

Wallace Falls State Park

Wallace Falls State Park Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Wallace Falls State Park Reviews

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3/12/2018
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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!
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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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7/24/2009
About 20 minute drive up the ridgeline to the trailhead. Pretty steep at the beginning of the trail, then it evens out. Nice meadow before Eagle lake. Gnats were crazy once we set up camp.
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6/2/2009
No snow at Barclay lake but once you start climbing there was lots of snow. It is a beautiful hike and i dont know what jason is talkign about he must have been on the wrong trail. One of the better day hikes in the area.
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5/13/2009
Missed the trail head from Barclay to Eagle (probably should have read up on where it was) but using some general navigation found the path after bushwhacking up several hundred feet in elevation. It was a steep climb and I cant imagine the last leg of the climb without a trail. Snow was everywhere when we got to the top where Stone Lake was, thankfully there were orange/pink markers on the trees to keep us from constantly checking map/compass. Arriving at Eagle Lake it started to sprinkle, but we were so hot from the trek, it felt nice. We fished a little out of the only place the lake wasn't frozen over, but had NO luck. We ended up sleeping on an unexpected 2 ft of snow thanks to that amazing snow season we had. It made the scenery beautiful, but cut back on our activities. I'll come back in the fall...
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7/3/2008
I'm not sure what the previous reviewer was talking about. The road isn't 10 miles long and there wouldn't be hunters at this trailhead. The road is great, the trail is superb even for little kids all the way to Barclay Lake. Past that the trail is steep, but worth effort to get up to Eagle Lake. Camping on the lakeshore is perfect.
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9/24/2007
Road leading to the trail entrance is closed at the 10 mile mark(bridge). There was no posting on when the work is to be completed, or if it will be completed. There were several hunters by car in the area which I guess marked the start of hunting season. Probably not the best time to wear the deer antler hat.
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5/25/2007
I hiked this trail twice, once on May 25, 2007 and again on June 1. I was very pleasantly surprised at the condition of the road to the trailhead. It is in excellent shape. The hike into the lake from the trailhead was easy, and the trail was in excellent condition. I went on a weekday and only ran into one other party. I won't go into the details of the scenery, it is covered in plenty of other places. leave it to say it is a beautiful hike through the woods, and the sight of Bering mountiain looming above the lake is breathtaking!
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8/5/1998
Easy up to Barclay, then very difficult up to Eagle, in fact I think I remember there being some rope ladders to scale some steep rocks up near the top. Once you reach the top there is a beutiful mountain valley meadow with a nice little stream. Eagle Lake is then on your left in a wooded area. I think there is a cabin and a loggin road that gets you there a lot easier if you have a good car/truck to do it. All in a all its a bit too popular of a trek for me, there are plenty of little alpine lakes in the area with less people.
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Trail Information

Gold Bar
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
5.4
Distance
1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
2 to 4 hours
Duration
Hikable year-round, daily, 8 a.m.–sunset
Season
400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,600 feet
Top Elevation
Local Contacts
Green Trails: Index 142; USGS Gold Bar
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Sep 2018