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.
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.
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.
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)
Beautiful hike. Easy access and well marked path.
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!
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.
Easy to begin, elevation gains the last few miles, overall loved it
Wallace Falls was a great hike. It's mostly under a beautiful canopy and breaks out into stunning views of the Valley and waterfalls at three different levels. We went all the way up to the Upper Falls and I had 3 adolescent children and our dog with us. There are two different routes- one leads through the upper portion, and one trails along the riverbed. We took the upper trail, but my son was running ahead on the way back and went on the lower trail, which is easy to do at the fork by a bridge. Luckily, both trails circle together and I was able to go down and find him and meet up with my other two girls. I would definitely do this trail again if I was in to repeating trails (which I don't).
Fantastic. Continuous sound of the falls, views along the trail almost to the top. Don't let Upper trail scare you off, it isn't hard in elevation just more tricky with terrain.
Best view of the Falls is from lower and middle. Trail is lightly traveled, maintained with benches along the way.
A must do trail. Round trip is 6.53 miles. Take your camera!
Nice clean trails, well maintained. Easy hike until you reach the second bridge, where it turns into moderate all the way up to the upper falls.
Awesome hike, very beautiful. However please note. If you are a beginner, and/or not in the best shape, this mountain is steep and the hike will be hell. Woody Trail is gorgeous but the bike trail is much easier to walk. We made it to the picnic area via Woody Trail and went back via the bike trail.