Wallace Falls Trail

MODERATE 590 reviews

Wallace Falls Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Bar, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1925 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Beautiful, well-groomed trail up to a beutifull series of waterfalls Wallace Falls is set of nine different cataracts in all which are well worth the hike up. The hike is short enough for a day time picnic outing. But, be prepared to get a little exercise as it is a 1200 foot elevation gain up to the falls. On the trail, you'll find many examples of Cascade regional flora and fauna as well as some old growth forest. The trailhead is easy to find with public bathrooms and drinking water available. The path and well marked with bridges and nicely railed vista platforms to view the falls. There is also a covered picnic area when you reach the bottom falls. It is recommended to only take kids that are over 4 years old or very athletic. A lot of people stop at the picnic area to turn around and go back. However, if you hike the next mile, you'll get to see all of the upper falls which are quite beautiful. The one problem with this trail is that it is very popular and you will encounter others along the way.

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1 day ago

Beautiful hike. The trail from the middle falls to the upper falls is difficult but doable - hard if you have bad knees because there are a lot of steps up and tree roots to navigate. The middle falls is definitely the best view but it feels good to make it all the way up. There's a picnic shelter at the lower falls. I would say this would be a tough hike for a beginner. I saw quite a few people struggling before making it to the lower falls. We went on a weekday late morning and it was lightly trafficked. We passed more people on our way back down but still not too busy. This hike is definitely worth the drive!

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3 days ago

Well travelled but worth the hike. The falls are lovely, trails are well maintained.

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4 days ago

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5 days ago

Went here last Saturday. Reached late around 2.30 pm. Took about 3 hours to complete all three falls with regular stops. Was lightly trafficked. It started drizzling a bit later. Trail is really well maintained. The middle falls have the best view.

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6 days ago

I only give it a 3 because of how heavily trafficked it can be. Parking is also frustrating due to that previous sentence. The hike alone though is beautiful! Falls are gorgeous. Not too exhausting. I've done it a few times.

7 days ago

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7 days ago

It was a great hike, beautiful waterfalls! It was a good thing we went early because it got super busy. I would definitely do this again.

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8 days ago

Hiked to Mid-Falls on 6/18. Arrived at the State Park around 10:15am and the parking lot was quite busy, but not full (I think this may be only because the weather was overcast and dreary). On the trail it didn't feel crowded at all - there would be stretches with no one around.

The trail itself was beautiful and well-maintained. Due to the weather it was a bit muddy, but that's what waterproof hiking boots are for! Hiking next to the river, trekking across numerous wooden bridges, and taking in the damp, rainforest-like environment made for a very exciting and enjoyable hike. I was pleasantly surprised.

To the reviews that express how easy this hike is - don't let that fool you! I found the hike to be slightly tougher than I originally anticipated (I think because I went in with the expectation that it'd be a breeze). It's not challenging by any means, but definitely a happy-medium. It took me a little over 1 hour to reach Mid-Falls and another 30 minutes to return to the parking lot.

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10 days ago

Beautiful views and dog friendly with a leash. Lots of people on the trail so we had to park about half a mile away and walk to the trail.

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16 days ago

Very busy on the weekend, but beautiful bridges and water. Easy for the dogs to do also. Hiked on 5/7/17 from 2:15pm-4pm

16 days ago

can't wait to go back