Wallace Falls Trail

MODERATE 1,050 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
1,404 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

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nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

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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. 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.

1 day ago

One of the best hikes I’ve been on!

8 days ago

Very doable, very pretty views of the waterfalls!

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12 days ago

Great trail. Easy and flat in places, a lot of incline and terrain most places. Middle falls is best view of the falls. Just passed that is a great view of the valley.

14 days ago

Went on a very hot Monday afternoon so I was one of the only people on the trail. Certainly beautiful. The different viewpoints are good for families with different skill levels.

19 days ago

Nice moderate trail. Pretty waterfalls. Went to Upper Falls via Woody Trail with Diane.

24 days ago

I clocked this hike at 6.25 mi, the view at the top of the falls was really incredible and worth the pain! The inclines are no joke.

25 days ago

If you like hiking with the rest of the state, difficulty finding parking and a less than mediocre view point of the waterfall, then Wallace falls is for you. I was highly disappointed by the trail and regret driving the 3 hours to hike it. Was more on the easy-moderate side, my 4 year old had no problem doing it.

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1 month ago

Easy drive from Seattle, beautiful waterfalls. I opted for the Woody Trail, which is the one most folks describe i think.
In the first mile or so of the trail, you can do a bit of wading if so inclined. As mentioned by others, difficulty does increase with each section of the falls you pass. That said, I did not find the hike particularly challenging. It does involve a fair amount of stairs, as a heads up, but I would encourage folks not to be scared off by that! Slow and steady wins the race. :) (And it's not ALL stairs!)
Also true that there isn't a lot of resting ground around the waterfalls - more of an admire-and-rest elsewhere. There are one or two picnic spots along the way.
Trails are more narrow than some others, thus, the need to allow others to pass - particularly those unfamiliar with trail etiquette.
I opted to continue on to Wallace Lake - the signs make it sound like you're going to end up lost for eternity because the trail isn't thoroughly upkept, but if you follows the markers along the trees closely, it's very easy and a short pass until you get to a loooong stretch (over 2 mi) of flat, gravelly rock road where they appear to do tree harvesting. Pretty boring stretch of the hike aside from some decent valley views. Wallace Lake was a bit disappointing itself - I think I was anticipating a shoreline with big open views of the water, but there wasn't one. To be fair, I didn't go all the way around the Lake, so maybe I missed out? Decided to head back via Greg Ball trail for a change in scenery, which is lovely. There is eventually a cut off down to mile 1 of the Woody Trail if you want to shave off a few extra miles like I did. :)
All in all, I enjoyed the trail and found it easy to hike alone, although would be a fun one with companions as well. The route I took ended up being 10-ish miles.

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1 month ago

Great hike! Definitely got a good workout. Will do this hike again.

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1 month ago

Most of the trail is relatively easy to hike for beginners. Lots of shade in the canopy that leads to the lower, middle, and upper falls. The lower is a cinch. A little more effort will get you to the middle, and if you are adventurous and committed, hike the additional distance (less than a mile) to the top. This portion of the hike is what makes an otherwise easy trail, moderate. Steep but lots of switchbacks. Decent view of the falls but little room to chill out there. Word of caution: this is a popular trail. Get there early. Also, be prepared for nubes who have no clue about trail etiquette and don’t pay attention to their surroundings. Just give them right of way, up or downhill.

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1 month ago

Moderate trail with steady elevation. Recommend climbing till upper falls if you want to good workout. Views of the waterfall and valleys are great.

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1 month ago

The hike from middle falls to upper falls was pretty steep and the view was not really worth it. Otherwise a nice moderate hike.

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1 month ago

Easy drive from Seattle. Fairly easy hike. Gorgeous scenery. Great bang for the buck.

1 month ago

Beautiful morning hike!❤️

Beautiful hike on a well maintained trail

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1 month ago

We hiked to the top of middle Falls. What a great workout, especially for my hips!

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1 month ago

We did this trail on Saturday morning. parking was full around 9 am, so get there early if you want to find a spot. trail itself was well maintained, good gradient. Get a map if you want to continue to the lake, because the trail is not clear to the lake from upper falls. We returned back to do the lake later with a map. Lots of kids. You can either go all the way to the upper falls or return back from the lower falls. Surprisingly, very few birds.

1 month ago

Beautiful morning hike!

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1 month ago

view is better in the middle.

1 month ago

Such a great dynamic hike for being on the short side!

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2 months ago

very well kept trail, very beautiful views. Did this as our first hike of the year and it kicked our butts! Even the short hike to lower falls is mostly uphill. My daughter who is 10 was wiped out a small ways after the lower falls. Her and I turned around, while dad and the pup went up to the top. (he could barely walk the rest of the weekend!) He says, you must do the hike to the middle falls. That is a must see. However, he said the was not much to view at the upper falls. He said it was not at all worth the extra effort to the very top. ( I saw pics, and video, and I strongly agree.) Middle falls is where it's at. I wish I could have seen the middle, but the kiddo just had had enough. lol. Great hike. Also, we stayed in the pet friendly cabin 3 there at the park all weekend. And it was wonderful! Check it out, cheap glamping! lol. Enjoy!

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2 months ago

This is my go to trail for a quick nice simple hike with nice views. It starts off super easy and get into a moderate climb. honestly with how many rest areas are are it's great for all Fitness levels. Lots of places to take breaks or you can turn it into a real workout and just Barrel up it full steam.

On a side note for safety. Please stay behind the barriers and on the clearly marked Trails. Far too many people die every year because they strive to get that special selfie. It's not worth your life just stay where you belong.

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2 months ago

I do a lot of hiking so after hearing so much about this hike I was a little disappointed. It was kind of hard to see the waterfalls. The trails pretty nice with nice bridges

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2 months ago

Hiking next to the river/falls the whole way made the hike very enjoyable. Lots of viewpoints. Not too difficult of a trail (completed it relatively easily with our almost one year old in tow), but of course has multiple sections of trail that are steeper and rocky or lots of roots. Nice tree cover.

2 months ago

Plenty of photo-worthy spots along the way. There are three main viewpoints near the top so you could aim for the lower falls without having to venture up the steep part at the top and still have a great hike. The trail is well-groomed.

This seems to be the regional favorite so it gets crowded. Best to get there early. No cell service for the top half of the hike.

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2 months ago

Great hike with frequent views and points of interest. Trails very well kept. Get there early for close parking. Busy trail with people of all ages and many dogs. Everyone was respectful and very kind. Only a third of hikers pursue past middle falls.

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2 months ago

Great trail. Parking is limited, so go during the week or plan to get there very early. Very popular hike with many people, dogs, kids and other obstacles. The last bit up to the upper falls will get your blood going. We plan to hike this one a couple more times this summer.

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2 months 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!

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2 months ago

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

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2 months 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.

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