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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.
I'm not beginner hiker. I have to say it's touchest hike i've done. the trail is hard to find and follow. the last part of the trail is very steep. it took us more than 2 hours to reach the lake. Made it back to my car right before complete dark. me and my dogs are exhausted. we saw only one hiker on the logging road returning after failed attempt to find the trail.
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.
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!
Got to the trailhead by 8am on a Wed and went straight up no breaks. It was worth the effort, 'cause my dog and I had the lake to ourselves for a good 30-45 min. It was truly serene. Popped up to Bridal Veil Falls on the way down and that was impressive too. This was a solid hike and I thoroughly enjoyed it.