Wallace Falls Trail

MODERATE 932 reviews

Wallace Falls Trail is a 4.4 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
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1404 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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.

hiking
5 hours ago

Beautiful and well maintained trail, not too difficult, my 7lb dog completed round trip without any help, the view is spectacular at the middle fall view point. We went up to the upper fall but I'd say you can skip if you don't feel like going the extra half mile. The parking lot is rather small so go early!

hiking
4 days ago

Go on a weekday much better and very nice hike. the view of the falls are real good.

hiking
5 days ago

Well maintained trail, easy to find. If you are doing this hike on the weekend I suggest you get there early because the parking lot gets super packed fast.

hiking
7 days ago

Pretty long hike and there is was so many people we had to park two miles away to add on to the hike. The trail is clearly marked but it has minimal signs and should have some rails for safety. Coming from Michigan, the elevation killed me but I completed it. When we went it was very busy .

hiking
8 days ago

It's easy to see why this is such a popular trail, the falls are spectacular. Would definitely recommend getting there early though, parking can be somewhat limited.

hiking
9 days ago

So amazing!! Loved this and will do it again went after 4:30 PM still enough daylight left and the trail wasn’t packed with people! Not too moderate

13 days ago

Excellent hike! Our 8 & 10 year old inexperienced boys managed well! The falls are will worth the hike!

hiking
14 days ago

There is a reason why this hike is probably one of the most hiked trails in Washington. The trail is clearly marked the entire time which makes it easy to navigate. I think it’s pretty cool that for the majority of the hike up to the middle view point for the falls, you’re hiking along the river. Nothing beats the sound of a river throughout your hike accompanied by bird song. I didn’t make it all the way to upper falls but the middle falls lookout point has an incredible view of the entire length of the falls. As always, please pick up your stuff when you go. If you pack it in, please pack it out. I do recommend getting to this one early though so you can enjoy the trail to yourself like I did.

hiking
20 days ago

Loved this trail! Got there around noon and luckily 2 parking spaces were open. Otherwise, parking is minimal and you have to park about a 10-15 min walk from the trailhead along the road. WA state parks pass required, which you can buy at the store they have there. The trail runs along the river, so you get to hear the sounds of rushing water and see waterfalls along the way as you walk through a shaded forest. The elevation gain at some points was a little steep, but still worth it for those views! There are plenty of spots to pull to the side and take a breather or have a picnic. The trail was fairly busy yet it didn’t feel that way along the way.

hiking
21 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous! Hike to the falls iOS great but take the loop to Wallace lake and the extra couple of miles will make this more than worth it!

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike to the upper falls. The young mountain lion was spotted again so just beware if bringing your dog or maybe even small children, but I don’t think it’s actively trying to pick a fight. The volunteer had a pic of it if you’re interested.

28 days ago

Lots of folks. Well maintained. Friendly and helpful staff on site! Probably the nicest state park in Washington. If you feel as if u didn’t hike enough heading to the falls, consider heading up to the lakes.

hiking
28 days ago

1 month ago

Beautiful even in the rain! Easy hike and very peaceful!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. We did this hike 14Apr. It was non-stop rain but the beauty made up for it. We decided to turn around at Middle falls because we were pretty soaked but the views were amazing. The trails were well marked and well maintained. Weather kept us from TRULY enjoying the views but we plan on going back. Only downside for us, most of the hikers on the trail seemed to be the LEAST friendly we've encountered on any of our hikes but that's not the mountains fault. Highly recommended

1 month ago

Falls were beautiful and trails well maintained. It was fairly crowded so get there early for both parking reasons and quieter trails.

1 month ago

it was a great hike!!!! the trail was pretty busy even on a rainy April day. It was beautiful even on a cloudy rainy day!!!

hiking
1 month ago

A bit on the muddy side but by far the best hike I’ve been on.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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!

1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful!

1 month ago

Love love

1 month ago

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
1 month ago

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
2 months 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.

2 months ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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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