Wallace Falls Trail

MODERATE 815 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.

Felt like I was in the movie 'Fern Gully,' totally mystical, lush, and beautiful.

hiking
5 days ago

Great day to be out.

hiking
7 days ago

Fun trail with amazing views! A few steep spots going up and down that might be a bit difficult, but it’s definitely worth it

7 days ago

it is a great trail very enjoyable suit for everyone.

19 days ago

The view of the falls was spectacular, and the view of the valley was an unexpected treat.

25 days ago

Steep in places, this is a moderately difficult hike that offers stunning views of the valley and Wallace Falls. it is a very popular hike, so I would recommend getting there early especially in summer as the parking lot fills quickly.

Amazing hike, amazing scenery, gloomy and a little cold but we soon warmed up as we walked. We came in January, wear some comfy boots, waterproof preferably.

1 month ago

We hiked this amazing spot today. It is beautiful and worth the hike. You can do a short hike if you turn right after the sign at the beginning. We didn’t know of the shorter hike until we accidentally walked that way. Gorgeous gorgeous hike. A must!

hiking
1 month ago

Went up in mid-January, and it was delightfully warm (about 62 degrees). The trail was pretty dry and has some good elevation. Great moderate hike!

1 month ago

Hidden gem. Moderate difficulty. The falls are a lot bigger than expected! Took us about 3.5 hours to complete the hike (in and out).

hiking
1 month ago

Took my 20-year old sons on this hike as a day trip from Seattle. The drive there is a little over an hour and very easy to navigate. We were all captivated by how beautiful the hike was - from mossy covered rocks and branches to rushing water and the overlooks to the waterfalls. We took our time and are relatively seasoned hikers and it was a 4-hour up and back for us. Even though we had a steady rain on the way down, it was a spectacular experience.

2 months ago

Cool

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months ago

Great hike and gorgeous views from bottom to top

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Great way to spend a day outside the city!

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

beautifully scenic trail.

hiking
3 months 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
3 months 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.

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