Wallace Falls Trail

MODERATE 304 reviews

Wallace Falls Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Bar, WA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.6 miles 2087 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Beautiful, well-groomed trail up to a beutifull series of waterfalls Wallace Falls is set of nine different cataracts in all which are well worth the hike up. The hike is short enough for a day time picnic outing. But, be prepared to get a little exercise as it is a 1200 foot elevation gain up to the falls. On the trail, you'll find many examples of Cascade regional flora and fauna as well as some old growth forest. The trailhead is easy to find with public bathrooms and drinking water available. The path and well marked with bridges and nicely railed vista platforms to view the falls. There is also a covered picnic area when you reach the bottom falls. It is recommended to only take kids that are over 4 years old or very athletic. A lot of people stop at the picnic area to turn around and go back. However, if you hike the next mile, you'll get to see all of the upper falls which are quite beautiful. The one problem with this trail is that it is very popular and you will encounter others along the way.

2 days ago

Easy access to parking and trail. Beautiful views of waterfalls, river, and mountains. There's a lot of up hill trail to get to the middle and upper falls but it's very doable even if you don't consider yourself "in shape." We did not do the part of the trail that leads to the lake but plan on going back and checking it out. There are some really cute cabins near the trails, you can rent them by the day/night if your looking to make a weekend of it.

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9 days ago

24 days ago

Like others have mentioned, the trail is very well kept and in surprisingly good shape with all the rain. The hike itself progresses from easy to challenging as you pass the lower falls and make your way up.

1 month ago

Beautiful shaded trail with plenty of elevation changes. Took about 2 hours.

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1 month ago

The Wallace falls trail has beautiful views with plenty of sun cover that makes for a great hike with the family. Round trip to Middle Falls took 2 hours which included a quick lunch break at lower falls, a few stops to take in the sights along the way and letting my 15mo daughter work on her hiking legs for a short stretch of trail. Wear layers because you may start cold but the moderate grades on this trail will definitely generate some heat and you will want to strip a layer or two... unless you only have two layers... then stripping two layers may not go well for you.

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Arrived around noon on a Sunday and only seen a handful of people on the way up. More people than expected on the way down. Good hike to work up a sweat. Continue past upper falls and follow the blue diamond markers and turn right once you get to the dirt road, you can either go left and continue 2 miles to the lake or right to go to another lookout bride.

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1 month ago

It was an amazing hike. Easy beginning until middle falls. Middle falls are the most beautiful part of the hike. After middle falls, it becomes more difficult but is totally worth going for the valley overlook and bragging rights of completing the entire hike. Be prepared to sweat between the middle and upper falls. Coolest part was walking through a cloud.

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Awesome hike between easy and moderate. Total distance from parking lot till the lake is 10.5 miles, which is bit more, than we expected. Discover pass required , might be bought on the parking lot (10$ 1 day pass or 30$ annual)

2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Easy access and well marked path.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Lovely hike through second growth trees, ferns, and rain forest greenery. Trail follows the river, but the other choice is the wider, level, railroad grade. Most of the elevation gain is after middle Falls to upper Falls... high steps and some rocks , but the views are worth it!- trail in good condition even in the rain, there was not much mud!

2 months ago

Great hike.

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2 months ago

Love this hike. Mostly nice path which has handrails at certain points, bridges and steps. Between the middle and highest falls there are more tree trunks and rocks but easy to step over. The best view is at the middle falls but it's still beautiful going to the top to look out over the canopy of trees. Lots of hikers from babies on backpacks to the elderly with walking sticks and dogs on leashes. Listening to the water running nearby is certainly relaxing. A "Y" in the path will take you either to the highest falls or Wallace Lake. Many posted signs to help with the directions and miles. There is even a handy outhouse.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Easy to begin, elevation gains the last few miles, overall loved it

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3 months ago