Wallace Lake Via Woody Trail and Greg Ball Trail is a 9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Bar, WA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Located two miles northeast of Gold Bar, Wash. in Snohomish County. Park address: 14503 Wallace Lake Road Goldbar, WA 98251 From the west: Take U.S. Hwy. 2 (Steven's Pass Highway) east 12 miles from Monroe to Gold Bar. Once in Gold Bar, follow the signs two miles northeast to the park. From the east: Take U.S. Hwy. 2 west about 43 miles from the summit of Steven's pass to the town of Gold Bar. From town, follow the signs two miles northeast to the park.
Made it all the way to the upper falls and it was gorgeous!!
great exercise and awesome views!
Officially the first hike I do every year. Got a late start and didn't get to the trailhead until 10 which equaled a full parking lot. There's a property 1 mile back down the road that will charge you $10 to park there. Nice bonus if you want a little warmup before you head up. Consistently solid trek and you're only sun-exposed for the 2 miles from upper falls to the lake on the fire road, so easily bearable on a hot day.
Great hike except for the crushed rock the last .5 mile to the lake.
Great place to camp. Found some pretty cool waterfalls while hiking around the Wallace Lake area.
Nice, easy early season hike with multiple options to increase/decrease mileage. We did the DNR road up-great views and much longer at 6.5mi up. Decided to go woody trail down, a total of 11.5mi RT & 1700 elv gain.
Relaxing hike just right for an afternoon get-a-way! Easy to moderate hike and I'm a sucker for a beautiful lake at the end of the trail!
Love this, especially in winter. It gets decent snow, but isn't dangerous to hike.
We loved this hike. Went up by the falls ( still running a little bit even with the dry hot weather). We then headed to the lake via the dirt road- this was the hardest part because of the loose stones that were laid down as part of the recent road work. The lake is gorgeous- watch the signage indicating a trail closure for the bridge repair. We loved the hike back down the Greg Ball trail- lots of ferns and lots of green. All in all a great hike.
Take my 7 year old to wallace regularly. Great trails. We use the Greg ball trails up to the lake instead of the woody trail, just because we have our dog and it's wider and easier to hike. Beautiful either way, have some both. Best time to get to these trails is during the week because the weekend is nuts! Worth every second. Tons of paths up by the lake as well. Lots of areas to explore. The DNR trail is all road, and if you like hiking in the woods and shade then I wouldn't recommend that way, although it has awesome views!
We started out on the Woody Trail and headed up to the Upper Falls area first. We stopped for a cool down break just before the Upper Falls and hopped into the little serene water hole with a smaller water fall. After drying off, we headed past the Upper Falls and continued to the DNR road and took a left to head to Wallace Lake. As someone stated before, the scenery wasn't much through the area and the bugs were less then tolerable but it was still a nice walk. When we hit the fork in the road, we stayed left (the right road is out just before the lake) and took the connecting trail, which was well maintained, to the lake. Everything about this trail was extremely well marked. I never once felt like i was in the wrong place. We both had out lunch at the picnic tables and headed back down the Greg Ball Trail to reconnect with the Woody Trail to make the short jaunt back to the trail head. This is in Wallace State Park so make sure you have your Discover Pass!
Did the loop, starting on the left trail. Thought it was going to be moderate but was easy the whole way. Slow and steady incline. If I do this again I'll do Wallace falls going up and Wallace lake coming down. Not much scenery on the dnr road. I went early in the morning and didn't see anyone for 3 hours. Was able to do 14 miles in 4 hours.
Reserve the campsite and stay for the night, the lake is beautiful and you get it all to yourself!
Awesome option for trail running!! Most people go to Wallace Falls, so we had the trail to ourselves the whole way up to the lake.
We were looking for a combo of long hiking miles, decent elevation, and a good swim. The hike to Wallace Lake (we took the trail by the river half way and then veered left where it cuts up to the lake) is kind of "meh." Pretty by the river, but then the wooded trail is through second (maybe third?) growth that isn't all that scenic. Finding a swimming spot was a challenge, but we eventually found "pebble beach" on the NW corner and were able to easily swim from there, which was nice.
We hiked back down via upper Wallace Falls, and from that point on the trail is beautiful.
Including traveling to the far side of the lake, the total loop was around 12 miles.
Love this hike as the alternative to Wallace Falls as it is generally less populated and goes right by a bathroom after the first mile...you coffee drinkers know this is a perk...great for trail running...great hike to test out your legs or gear what-have-you and still get in the mileage. You can go one of three ways...my favorite yet is the loop via upper falls trail when my pooch and I don't mind the extra company of fellow hikers.