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Leg Day!!! A nice challenge. The journey is definitively worth the destination here! You'll be glad you did this one. Fair warning, the water is freezing cold! Even in July.

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

Couldn't find a parking area that looked legit. Otherwise, nice trail.

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!

Nice hike, initial gain, then meanders for a bit. Huge puddle on trail, so was good time to head back. Look forward to hiking it again in the summer and getting to trailend.

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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

hiking
20 days ago

A great trail. From the trailhead to Debbie's point is 8 miles roundtrip. A strenuous hike, and I recommend hiking poles, they will come in handy here.

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.

hiking
26 days ago

Well maintained trail. Nicely marked and had some great viewpoints along the way. Went on a rainy cloudy day, will definitely need to go on a clear day.

The trail is nice and the woods are peaceful but there are no good vantage points to see the valleys below and at the top you run into a cluster of 3 cell phone towers , the big reward for your climb. I would say this is a great trail for a run or to just get outside but if you want scenery try somewhere else.

hiking
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.

Did this in August with some friends and it was so much fun! Definitely recommend starting early because it took us a while, especially since we did bridal falls first. This trail is hard with tons of switch backs and a lot of uphill stairs. If you are somewhat fit, you will be fine. The lake is nice to swim in during the summer time as it is completely clear and cold. Reminds me of Lake Twenty-Two but you can’t walk around it on a board walk :) Bring lots of water and snacks because there are a ton of places to take a break and look out at the landscape. Highly recommend for those of you who want a challenge!

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

My friends and myself reached at the Squak Mountain State Park around 8:00am. Had little difficulty in finding the Parking Lot as there were 2 roads leading to the State Park, but only one of them had the Parking Lot. The Parking Lot had only 1 couple of vehicles. There was a 0.1 mile hike from the Parking Lot to the May Valley Loop Trailhead.

The initial part of the Trail was much flatter and we doubted whether there was any elevation gain at all. Then the trail split to 2 paths and we chose the left hoping to cover the loop in clockwise direction. This was unlike the Loop described but we took it anyways. We met many people hiking down the trail when we were hiking up. Then there was a steep elevation gain for less than 0.1 mile, but that was the steepest along the entire trail, which gave us a relief that we didn't hike it down rather we were hiking up at the steep (as it is a loop trail). There are many diverging paths from this trail, but the trails were properly marked to guide in the right direction. We reached the Bullitt George Trail and then we saw the Bullitt Fireplace. We lost some elevation after that, and there was another ascend to the Central Peak.

The Central Peak didn't have any view, which was a little upset. There were some Communication Antenna Towers and it was surrounded by Pine trees which blocked the view. We started our descend which started on the Access Road.

After 0.2 mile, we had a board which took we took to join back the trail rather than continuing on the Access Road. This side of the Loop was suitable for trail running which made our descend a little more faster. After sometime, we reached a stop where there was a right turn to a bridge which would take You to the Squak Valley Park, but we continued left. We reached the Access Road again. There were 2 other boards which led back to the other trail, and we took the second one which took us to the first deviation we which took during our ascend. And finally we made it back to the Parking Lot by 12:00 noon.

Now the Parking Lot was almost full compared to morning. Now there were other people who were just getting ready to start their hike. Its a good warmup hike, but nothing much of a view. Even the Park had green bushes and trees with mosses, but nothing staggering for a second time hike. Not sure about the other trails which was getting deviated from the Loop Trail though and the other 2 peaks - West Peak & SouthEast Peak.

It's definitely an easy maybe medium trail (but probably easy). The loop was nice, well signed and easy to follow. Lots of little children doing it. Leisurely!

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

hiking
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.

Was challenging and fun. Next time I’ll do the loop in reverse. Snow was slippery near the summit, without poles I wouldn’t have made it up. Watch out for horse poop.

It’s a nice hike but not very many views! Good exercise though. Trail is in great condition.

on Wallace Falls Trail

hiking
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
2 months 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.

Great day to be out.

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