Wallace Falls Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Bar, Washington 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.
dogs on leash
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.
Great hike. Beautiful and peaceful with the sound of the falls almost the whole way. Brought the dog with and he loved it.
Not my favorite though I'll admit waterfalls aren't my thing. Fairly standard PNW hike - the falls are impressive enough especially from the middle, but I just didn't find the rest of the trail and the crowds to be worth it.
Definitely well maintained and good for families with a bathroom in the beginning and good signage, parking lot, etc.
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.
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.
Beautiful shaded trail with plenty of elevation changes. Took about 2 hours.
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.
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.
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.