Wallace Falls Trail

MODERATE 776 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
1604 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.

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hiking
6 days 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.

7 days ago

Great hike and gorgeous views from bottom to top

22 days ago

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

hiking
25 days ago

Great way to spend a day outside the city!

hiking
1 month ago

very enjoyable, but Defintely plan for headlamps if hiking in the fall, because it gets darker quicker.
Refreshing Hike to be on.

1 month ago

beautifully scenic trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful waterfall views throughout hike. One of my favorites I’ve done in Washington. The last third of it gets steep but there are a few benches if you need breaks. We camped at the cabins they have the night before and really enjoyed the whole weekend.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a well-kept, beautiful trail. The climb from the middle falls to the upper falls is tough - an excellent conditioner. In the first mile, there is a beautiful stretch by the river. The river and falls are great! Lots of nice viewpoints and benches to sit on. Will be doing this hike this winter as a conditioner for next summer - hope I can stay in shape! Lots of dogs on the trail, including mine.

hiking
1 month ago

Went on 10/29/17 to Wallace Falls trail, hiked to the middle falls. Experienced the magical fall foliage. This was our first time at Wallace, and while I imagine it's always beautiful, it was spectacular with fall foliage. Trail was in great condition. It's clear that a lot of WTA work has gone into making this trail accessible and comfortable. Arrived about 11:30am, started our hike around 11:40, took a bit less than 2 hours to get to middle falls and back with several stops for photos/breaks. Great hike to work up a bit of a sweat, enjoy scenery throughout, without being too strenuous. We are new to WA and this was a great hike to start us off.

hiking
1 month ago

Stunning views, photographers dream. I went around 11am on a Saturday and woooooweeee it was PACKED. Definitely recommend sticking with a very early morning to avoid hoards of families if you’re looking for peace and quiet

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail with 3 or 4 tiers of waterfalls. Really cool old growth forrest covered in moss, several little bridges to go on.
Start early this is a very busy hike! We went on sunday monrning, hit the trail right at 8am and had the whole thing to ourselces...on the way down it was super busy and not that enjoyable.
started hike at 8am, got to top around 10am, then roughly 2hrs down taking stops for photos and video.
Start early to get a parking spot, if you show up at 10 or 11 am on the weekend there will be NO spots and you have to circle the lot waiting for someone to leave.

1 month ago

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2 months ago

It gets harder the further up you get

2 months ago

Awesome from start to finish. Each lookout is better than the last. Last quarter mile is most difficult as you ascend to the top of the falls. Make sure you have appropriate footwear if the conditions are wet.

2 months ago

Great hike and views. going to the waterfall was mostly uphill, but we'll worth the effort.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great, rewarding hike. There are multiple places to view falls from, so you can catch your breath a few times on the way up. I tried to come back and bring friends and they couldn't make it. It's a great hike to do alone.

2 months ago

It was a short hike and the fall was great. But the trail was a bit boring to me.

hiking
3 months ago

I loved this hike so pretty

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