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.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,404 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

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closed
2 days ago

As of 5/30, trail is still closed. Ranger at entrance.

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5 days ago

Hiked this awhile back. Easy to park. Bathroom. Nice views.

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7 days ago

Catching up on my reviews...hiked this 3/21. Got there around 8 am and made it back down by noon. Lots of great views throughout. Not sure about the status of the park now but definitely recommend.

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8 days ago

I hiked Wallace Falls with my brother on 5/18/20 and it was a beautiful morning. Trail was in great condition. Had to park down the road because the parking lot was closed and by the time we finished seemed like everyone did the same thing. Beautiful views of the waterfall throughout the hike. 10/10 recommend!

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9 days ago

Trail is still closed. Got stopped by a ranger at the entrance

9 days ago

very much closed. ranger parked outside trail yelling through a speaker that the trail is closed.

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closed
10 days ago

***TRAIL IS CLOSED*** We got stopped by the park ranger at the entrance and told us that there is minimal staff working to maintain the park (especially if someone gets hurt on the trail). Will definitely need to come back later in the summer or fall.

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10 days ago

Love this trail! My friends and I took our dogs last weekend and it was perfect! Not over crowded, we went to all three waterfalls and then headed to the lake! Took the wooded trail on the way there and the rail road trail on the way back down. Trail is well maintained.

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11 days ago

9 miles

11 days ago

Thank you mother nature for providing us with a place like this it is incredible I felt in a forest painted with many shades of green following by a beautiful waterfall.

13 days ago

I went on this hike today on 5/19. The parking lot was closed but you can park about 1/4 mile away on the side of the road and walk in. The trail is well maintained and not too muddy. Be sure to go on the Woody trail instead of the railroad one. Many beautiful waterfalls on the way. There were also salmon berries ripening.

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rocky
13 days ago

Trail is open to hikers you just have to park a little ways down the street off Lay Rd. Great conditions not a whole lot of people. We did the three falls and then up to Wallace lake which the connector is a logging road so it’s all rock and gravel. Did railroad on the hike back down and that was mostly rocks as well.

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15 days ago

There are signs everywhere that say “ state park closed” but then if your brave enough to get out of your car and walk up where the empty ranger truck is parked, there are signs addressed to hikers about rules and distance while hiking. It seems as though gathering in the park is closed, not the trail. The hike was very pleasant and we passed a handful of people but everyone was good about doing there best to social distance. The hike has some pretty Steep thigh burner climbs at times but overall a good hike. Not to muddy even though the rain came down all day.

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rocky
16 days ago

Parking is closed, but walk-ins allowed despite signage saying no hiking. Muddy and damp throughout making the rocks and roots slippery. Overall an easy/moderate trail, but it does get a little spicy at the top. A handful of other hikers, but all were respectful of distancing. Plenty of benches and widened areas of the trail for breaks if needed.

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17 days ago

Had a great hike today

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18 days ago

Trails are closed. Ranger parked at gate to turn people away.

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21 days ago

Great hike with beautiful views. Trail is open but parking and amenities closed at park. Parking was approximately 0.3 miles from trailhead on side of the road. Police were there ticketing those parked too close to the white line on the side of the street or over.

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22 days ago

Beautiful day for any hikes, park was closed with covid situation so we parked just outside first available parking. We were 5th today and the walked up and it was nice clean hike. On return we saw cops and think someone parked wrong so he was waiting for owner return so that cops can issue ticket. Be careful to park correctly.

25 days ago

I am noticing on here Parking lot closed but can still hike into trail. Where do you park since can not park in parking lot???

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26 days ago

It was great! We left just in time before the lightning storm! But nature let us see the most beautiful vibrant rainbow! The trail is closed but you can still walk it! Just can’t park on sight!

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27 days ago

Park is still closed so you can’t park on site. A ranger said we were free to walk in as long as we parked elsewhere! Beautiful hike and a perfect day for it!

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closed
27 days ago

trail still remains to be closed as of today.

Beautiful! A few families / groups, but we got lookouts to ourselves mostly. Restrooms & ranger stations closed. Parking in park closed.

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1 month ago

Hiked last month- waterfall is absolutely gorgeous- the last bit towards the upper falls gets your heart pumping!

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2 months ago

Great trail! Definitely a workout. The last stretch of the hike has the most elevation gain and is quite the workout with steep steps. Not the nicest to short people in some areas, but definitely worth the journey!

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2 months ago

Nice hike ! Lots of people !

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2 months ago

Pretty easy trail, kids had a great time. A bit crowded on a Saturday, but that may be due to the current status with the COVID-19, and everyone wanting to get out.

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rocky
2 months ago

Awesome trail!! It has quite a bit of elevation gain but Is definitely worth it and a great workout. Great for dogs. There were a lot of people out there when we went on Wednesday morning

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bugs
2 months ago

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