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Wallace Falls Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Bar, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 1,404 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

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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. 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. This trail is very popular and you will encounter others along the way. Discovery Pass is available to purchase at the visitor booth at the entrance to the trail ($30 for the year or $10 for a day). This is required.

Day use fee to park, annual State Parks Pass accepted

Wallace Falls State Park PO Box 230 Gold Bar, WA 98251 Tel:360.793.0420 www.parks.wa.gov

You should wear sturdy shoes although sneakers and tennis shoes should work fine. Bring a water bottle to fill up at the trailhead as there is no drinking water available along the trail. If you bring your dog, it must be on a leash. This trail is definitely camera-friendly. Don't bother with a swimsuit for the creek or falls as this is not encouraged or safe. It's best to leave for the hike with plenty of time to get back before it is dark.

Located two miles northeast of Gold Bar, Wash. in Snohomish County. Park address: 14503 Wallace Lake Road Goldbar, WA 98251 From the west: Take U.S. Hwy. 2 (Steven's Pass Highway) east 12 miles from Monroe to Gold Bar. Once in Gold Bar, follow the signs two miles northeast to the park. From the east: Take U.S. Hwy. 2 west about 43 miles from the summit of Steven's pass to the town of Gold Bar. From town, follow the signs two miles northeast to the park.

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Joseph Yorba
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This was a nice hike went with the family had 2year old in hiking carrier brothers 5 and 12 year old did it all by themself good incline only walk to middle a lot of foot traffic but everyone was wearing masks .

Tyease Fuller
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Hiking

Great hike.

KeMarrius Dyson
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HikingFeeGreat!

Made it to the upper falls for the first time. Definitely worth it imo. If you're not an early bird parking might be a extra walk. Discovery pass or 10 bucks (atm there)

Pico Ou
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Anwesha Pan
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Hiking

This is a dog friendly trail with 3 levels of hike easy, moderate & difficult. The view is also good. Enjoyed the nature & it’s beauty.

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Jack Timoteo
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Hiking

Trail was clear and damp, not much mud. If you’re not familiar with the trail there are many viewpoints, a picnic area, and many benches along the way. You cannot get close to any plunge pools unless you go off trail but it could be extremely dangerous and I would suggest just viewing from afar. Social distancing is also a problem because it’s difficult to stay at least 6 ft away on most parts of the trail. In addition there are many people who are not wearing a mask and will end up being right next to you at times. I suggest going early (no later than 7am) you will be doing yourself a favor and will also avoid miles of traffic that piles up between Monroe and Sultan.

Rebecca Aquino
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We hit the trail today before 7am and there was hardly anyone in the parking lot. leaving at 11 am....parking lot is full as well as the parking on the side of the road, going for about a mile past the trailhead. Get there early! It was a beautiful hike and i would definitly recommend it! The falls were beautiful. The middle falls was definitly my favorite but the Upper Falls was well worth the hike!

Blythe Green
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Stephanie H
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Hiking

Beautiful trail! I’m relatively new to hiking and I chose this hike because I love waterfalls. This hike did NOT disappoint! The entire hike, from the entrance to the top is beautiful and throughout the hike you get to see and hear the Wallace River running by. There are several areas where you can step off to the side for a nice view and break. I haven’t been on many hikes yet, but so far this is my favorite.

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Sherry Tang
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We hike to the top fall, very nice!

Audra Cruver
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HikingBugsGreat!Rocky

Came in the evening during the week, were few people which was great. Hiked up to the upper falls, the Valley view point is definately worth the extra trek. Would rate this a moderate hike. The trails are well maintained, some rocky, rooty, areas, especially past the middle falls. As it was evening were lots of mosquitoes and flies out, so bring bug spray. If you stop for a few moments they are all over you. I will definately be back earlier in the day and make the loop to Wallace lake. Very lovely scenery, and sunset on the way back to the car was beautiful.

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Abigail C
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Hiking

Hiked up to middle falls and it was gorgeous. Misty and light rain but the trail wasn’t too muddy. Really great parking lot with plenty of space and paved.

Zeyad Baghdadi
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Hiking

Great moderate hike. busy even during the week. lots of dogs on trail. made it just past lower falls before we turned back.

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Anwesha Pan
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Hiking

Good hike,

Jennifer Fesharaki
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HikingRocky

Nice trail up to the falls. You can add Wallace and sky lake to the climb in addition to the falls. Got to the lot at 815 am on a Friday and it was about half full.

Dylan Meek
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Hiking

The first little bit of the trailer is misleading. It’s flat and unshaded and near a bunch of power lines. But the ACTUAL trail start, and from there on is really nice, shaded, well groomed. Once you pass Middle Falls, it’s not really worth going to top in my opinion unless you’re doing it to reach the top. The view is the best from middle falls.

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Alexander Munro
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Hiking

Very crowded. Hard to social distance.

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Rajeev Gupta
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Hiking

Worth going till middle falls, it was around 2.3 miles from the parking with moderate elevation

Natalie M.
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Hiking

As with any popular hiking trail, you have to get there early or go on a weekday to avoid crowds. My legs were on fire but seeing the waterfall was worth it. It’s absolutely gorgeous! But don’t stop there, keep going to the top and enjoy the breathtaking view.

ARUN BHALLA
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HikingBugsMuddy

Super crowded.

Joonwoo Choi
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Alberto Guerra
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Lucia Canales
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