Wallace Falls Trail

MODERATE 750 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
1833 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
1 day 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 day ago

hiking

1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

11 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

16 days ago

It gets harder the further up you get

19 days 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.

19 days ago

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

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
23 days 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.