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The Wallace Falls State Park Management Area is a 4,735-acre camping park with shoreline on the Wallace River, Wallace Lake, Jay Lake, Shaw Lake and the Skykomish River. Located on the west side of the Cascade Mountains, the park features a 265-foot waterfall, old-growth coniferous forests, and fast- moving rivers and streams. Opportunities to view local wildlife, including cougar near Wallace Falls, and peregrine falcons inhabit the rock cliffs of the Index Town Wall

4 days ago

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

6 days 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.

6 days 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

11 days 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.

No trail exists to get to the lake! Made the hike a little over halfway up. Logging mess had completely put the gravel trail to a dead end. There is no sign of any other trail to get to the lake. I roughed my way through some of the mess covered in 6” of snow to get next to (and even in) May Creek and follow that up to the lake, but it’s not a feasible option. Had to turn around and call this a wasted day. Only reason it even got 2 stars is because the creek was pretty nice when I crawled my way out to it. Don’t waste your time

My son and I did this hike two days ago, it was beautiful, snowing and so much fun. We have done this hike in the summer a few years ago. It is a completely different experience in the winter. I really enjoyed it. Trail was easy to follow, you need extra traction in the snow there was some icy areas.

on Wallace Falls Trail

25 days 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!

27 days 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.

Trail is overgrown, but a very nice hike none the less. Less people hike this due to trail conditions, better for you and I! Clear cut area and gravel trail/road are it’s only dings.

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

it is a great trail very enjoyable suit for everyone.

The view of the falls was spectacular, and the view of the valley was an unexpected treat.

Steep in places, this is a moderately difficult hike that offers stunning views of the valley and Wallace Falls. it is a very popular hike, so I would recommend getting there early especially in summer as the parking lot fills quickly.

Amazing hike, amazing scenery, gloomy and a little cold but we soon warmed up as we walked. We came in January, wear some comfy boots, waterproof preferably.

We hiked this amazing spot today. It is beautiful and worth the hike. You can do a short hike if you turn right after the sign at the beginning. We didn’t know of the shorter hike until we accidentally walked that way. Gorgeous gorgeous hike. A must!

Went up in mid-January, and it was delightfully warm (about 62 degrees). The trail was pretty dry and has some good elevation. Great moderate hike!

2 months ago

This was hike #2 of 52 this year. I’d been meaning to try the connecting trail from the upper Falls to the lake for some time. It was a good workout! I don’t recommend doing it in a windstorm though. Exploding maple trees are a bit unnerving. There was about 2 feet of fast moving water covering the trail going to the lake but I just rolled up my pants and went for it. Very cold water! Definitely bring a second pair of socks! Trail tracker clocked 10.8 miles, as opposed to the 8.8 listed....but I did take the railroad grade trail from the Greg Ball so that probably tacked on a little extra. Start at 9 am to avoid the crowds!

2 months ago

Hidden gem. Moderate difficulty. The falls are a lot bigger than expected! Took us about 3.5 hours to complete the hike (in and out).

Took my 20-year old sons on this hike as a day trip from Seattle. The drive there is a little over an hour and very easy to navigate. We were all captivated by how beautiful the hike was - from mossy covered rocks and branches to rushing water and the overlooks to the waterfalls. We took our time and are relatively seasoned hikers and it was a 4-hour up and back for us. Even though we had a steady rain on the way down, it was a spectacular experience.

Fun trail, took the dog on a nice hike to the upper falls. We both had a blast!

Nice heart pumper.

2 months ago

Hidden gem. Highly recommended for those who like to get lost.
Trail condition was excellent this past May through September 2017 Pack a compass, trekking poles and patience.
I hiked to this magnificent lake twelve times last Spring and Summer. Once you get through the fresh clear cut you enter a stunning forest with several remaining old growth trees, wildflowers, ferns of varrying variety, moss for days and remnants of old rusty mining equipment. Follow May Creek to the lake.

3 months ago

I cannot recommend this hike enough for everyone who wants amazing scenes, waterfalls, and elevation gains in their hikes. Amazing for families and friends, pets. So much greenery and lush around this trail and so many pockets of mini look outs to go off and see scenery and waterfalls. There's multiple stopping points on this trail that lead to different levels of waterfalls. However the golden view is at the very top at the end of the trail. Such a spectacular view though it does get alittle more difficult and steep heading to the top. I loved this hike, would definitely go again.

Great hike and gorgeous views from bottom to top

Best hike around..... moderately challenging with high reward.

3 months ago

Great way to spend a day outside the city!

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