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was here the morning of 4/15/18, boot pack stopped less then a mile from the lake but with no snowshoes was too much with just poles. Will check it out again soon.

Be prepared for snow

An incredible trail that is well worth the hike. I was a bit out of shape so it was a little harder than I expected. We got up early so we could beat everyone onto the trail which is a great general rule if you want to keep at your own pace.

The views are incredible. One of my absolute favorite hikes.

so gorgeous...

Amazing views! So many falls! Not super hard or crazy, depending on your conditioning, but definitely worth it!

Very clean and well kept trail! Lots of runners so be careful going around corners but all hikers and runners were very respectful!! Only went to the lower falls with my grandpa but will be returning to do the full hike!

Absolutely beautiful!

Love love

This trail holds a special place in my heart. It’s a relatively short hike once you’re off the road walk, but the lake is beautifully set with the mountains in the backdrop. Great for a dip on a summer day.

beautiful trails. quite the push to the upper falls. took the upper service road back down and ran into a black bear. definitely get the early for parking

3/30: Great hike! Took 4 hours round trip to otter falls. Most of trail with snow pack but with limited elevation, we did okay without spikes. We did put them on to hike the side trail to the falls. Thanks to the hiker who marked the trail trees with pink ribbon. Not far off main trail. Good workout.

Great trail! Not very many muddy spots and all of the paths are easy to find. This time of year everything is green and very pretty. I love being able to listen to the river and falls the whole hike. We arrived around 8 and finished a couple of hours later. Only saw one person on the way up and on our way down saw a few groups.

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26 days ago

Cool trail, decent training if you go to Upper Falls. Upper part was a bit slippery and snowy. From car park to up and back took 3 hours.

We did this hike on 3/18/18 and loved it! No snow on the ground. Benches conveniently placed for resting. Most people gave up after the Lower Falls so the higher you go, the less people you see.

Such a beautiful hike! My friend and I love it!

Beautiful hike. We can hear the pleasant sound of water falls all along the hike. You’ll see lower falls, middle falls, and upper falls. We went up to middle falls and Valley overlook. There’s also a bike path all the way to upper falls.

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1 month ago

It was an amazing hike with no snow until the DNR portion of the trail past Upper Falls.

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1 month ago

Got to the parking lot around 2:00 pm and found a spot right in the main lot. Weather was gorgeous and the hike was amazing. We hiked all the way to the upper falls. No snow anywhere and not a ton of people since we went later in the afternoon. Hiking beside the river part way was refreshing and all views of the falls were breathtaking! Definitely will be going back.

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1 month ago

Beautiful hike! We started at 12:30, and had to park a half mile away from the parking lot (that’s what we get for sleeping in). Unusually warm day for March, so there wasn’t any snow to be seen. Pretty packed trail and there were lots of families and dogs. Beautiful forested views, with sounds from the falls as the day’s ambient noise. Worth the view when you get to the upper falls, but the lower falls view was actually our favorite.

We did this hike in early February - the falls are amazing! Great viewpoints of the falls and nice walk through the forest

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1 month ago

Beautiful views of the falls and valley! Slowly gains elevation at first and gets pretty steep quickly when you get past middle falls. Some snowy patches at the upper falls viewpoint but no traction needed.

Steep hike, particularly in the winter with lots of snow. Bring snowshoes if going in the winter, but you can make it without if you know what you’re doing. Amazing views on a clear day. Even a frozen lake is worth it.

This is a great trail highly recommend doing it, it is moderately hard however the view is definitely worth it!

on Wallace Falls Trail

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1 month ago

Started with my buddy around 11:30 on President's Day, at which point the lot was about half full. Trail was decently busy to the upper falls, but it wasn't too bad. Halfway to the upper falls it started to get a little snow so we put on some microspikes, which helped a ton.

Once at the upper falls we took the trail to the lake, and although it had a decent amount of snow, there were trails forged by previous hikers that made it a lot easier to traverse. It was a beautiful clear day, and you could see the Olympics perfect from the top of the road. Once at the lake we decided not to hike to the other side (forgoing two extra miles) so we went straight back to the parking lot. Ending up being around 2,500 ft of elevation gain and 10.5 miles, I highly recommend doing the whole loop as you get away from some of the crowds and see some awesome views!

hiking
1 month ago

This was a very nice, mellow hike that leaves you feeling like you did some work/got a healthy dose of exercise. Today there was snow on the trail (both soft and hard packed) and few people which made for a peaceful winter wonderland. You may want yaktrax for extra traction and icy areas.

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1 month ago

Gorgeous hike! Despite the fog we were still able to view the waterfall and Wallace lake via DNR road. A bit muddy -- don't bring your favorite clothes!

Felt like I was in the movie 'Fern Gully,' totally mystical, lush, and beautiful.

I went summer July/2017 and we started 6am and when we come down so many people was come up. suggest early start better!

Great day to be out.

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2 months ago

Fun trail with amazing views! A few steep spots going up and down that might be a bit difficult, but it’s definitely worth it

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