Wallace Lake Via Woody Trail and Greg Ball Trail [CLOSED]

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Wallace Falls State Park

Wallace Lake Via Woody Trail and Greg Ball Trail [CLOSED] is a 8.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Bar, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,981 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

closed

As of June 2020, users have reported this trail still has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Located two miles northeast of Gold Bar, Wash. in Snohomish County. Park address: 14503 Wallace Lake Road Goldbar, WA 98251 From the west: Take U.S. Hwy. 2 (Steven's Pass Highway) east 12 miles from Monroe to Gold Bar. Once in Gold Bar, follow the signs two miles northeast to the park. From the east: Take U.S. Hwy. 2 west about 43 miles from the summit of Steven's pass to the town of Gold Bar. From town, follow the signs two miles northeast to the park.

2 months ago

easy trail gradual gain

hiking
2 months ago

pretty but crowded. take the railroad trail to the lake, less traffic.

There are some nice spots to look over the lake. Honestly, the trail felt more easy and I would give it 3 stars but it’s nicely maintained and they have benches and info tablets throughout so I raised it to a 4. It’s a nice forest but it’s full of scrawny trees due to much of the forest being used for logging. Took about 6.5 hours with breaks to get to Joy Lake, Wallace Lake and Wallace Falls.

Great trail! Lots of options for creating a shorter or longer hike depending on what you want. Beautiful trees, Moss, River, and lake. Highly recommend!

hike #6

3 months ago

Took this trail today (Sat 2/22) in the rain to Middle Falls. The trail is in very good condition with very little mud overall. It was so beautiful. Very foresty with several waterfalls besides the main one! Parking lot requires discover pass or day pass with pay stations available. @traveltrachs

hiking
3 months ago

very well maintained. some snow and fallen trees on the way to Jay lake.

hiking
5 months ago

Lower main trail was a little muddy in places but otherwise very decent considering the recent rain and wind. the portion between Wallace Lake and Jay Lake was much different with running water crossing the trail in many areas.

Well marked. Cleared trails. Get out early enough to beat the rush. Just a dusting of snow though an inch at the lake.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

Hiked on 12/13/19. I'm definitely adding this to my list of winter hikes! The trail was in excellent condition and the signs made it very easy to find Wallace Lake. There were some muddy spots (no snow!) but nothing that couldn't be traversed with a good pair of hiking boots. I highly recommend this hike if you're looking for a moderate trail that's relatively close to Seattle.

6 months ago

*very nice, easy hike up to Wallace Lake. Planning to go again soon with an earlier start to visit Jay lake and some of the falls as well- we ran out of time with the sunset at 4:30 today. *the falls on the Woody Trail, are MAGNIFICENT right now ( December) *nice trailhead too- an office with snacks and drinks, restrooms, etc. *popular hike - lots of trail runners and families- *loads of water for the dogs. *so wonderful to hear the river so close nearly all the trail length. Lovely up at Wallace Lake.

hiking
6 months ago

Super nice, mellow hike. Seems like one of the last places left with no snow cover. Fern forest is endless and beautiful!

backpacking
fee
muddy
6 months ago

It was a lovely home out, I went to jay lake and camped. The campsite is really nice, with some tent pads, a table/fire pit, outhouse, and a pre-hung bucket for food storage/bear hang. Make sure to pack in all the water you’ll need, or refill at Wallace lake - no good source at jay lake (moving water, to filter)... I guess you could boil or treat. Anyhow, trail was nice and wide, I did the railroad grade out to the campsite. It was an easy enough hike, saw about a half dozen people. Plan to hike back past the falls on my way out.

hiking
8 months ago

Enjoyed this hike, went around the lake then to upper Wallace falls and back down (around 13 miles in all) when I hiked this there was still snow on the ground. Big parking area, pass required. Bathrooms at trailhead, Lake was gorgeous

hiking
8 months ago

Underwhelming hike and lake. We got there at 7:30am and parking lot was empty. We took the woody trail which was not crowded all the way up and back. When we got done with hike 3 hours later (9.5miles) overflow parking extended a mile out.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Discover pass required. It is moderate, has less traffic. Beginning part is very steep, then become flattened. Sometimes you can run. There is huge picnic table by the lake, good for group, also there is a bench on the other side, you can sit and have a great view. I have been to the trail twice, still want to go the third time. Make a wish!

Wed May 22 2019

Gotta go on weekdays. I met maybe 10 fellow hikers. I have to say the lake is a bit underwhelming for 9 mile long hike but it's close to the city so it's convenient. logging trucks drive by and they were quite loud which was a bit of turn off.

fishing
Sat May 18 2019

No snow or bugs. Fairly quiet before noon. No bites from the north beach at Wallace Lake. More trail runners than hikers early in the day. By mid afternoon the trail to the falls was very busy with day hikers, families, and the occasional music playing iPhone. Parking wasn’t a problem before 9:00 AM (arrived at 8:45).

hiking
Sun May 12 2019

Great Saturday morning hike with little mud. The bathroom at the trailhead is clean and there is a water refill station for people and pets alike. We started at 8am and the parking lot was only 1/4th on a sunny Saturday morning but started filling up quick. By the time we left around 2pm cars were parked 1/2 miles down from the lot so do get here early. The hike took ~2 hours to ascend the 5 miles to the pebble beach on the north shore of Wallace lake. The entire hike took 5 hours including a lazy hour of eating lunch by the water. It was an easy flat hike with few hikes an a gradual elevation. The quiet lake was well worth the trek. I highly recommend the full hike to the lake if you have the time.

hiking
Wed May 08 2019

Loved it. Very few people on a gorgeous day. Just the right amount of shade on a very sunny day. Went out to Jay Lake, apparently bears (a mom and cub) were spotted there yesterday, so be careful. Easy hike but long - 13 mi from car to Jay Lake and back. Maybe 9:15am-3:00pm for me with a lunch break at Jay Lake. Well worth it. Definitely returning.

hiking
muddy
Fri May 03 2019

We hiked this on 5/3/19. The trail was clear of all of the logging debris as well as snow. In the afternoon the trail received quite a bit of traffic but it was still enjoyable. The lake was enjoyable but the breeze coming over the water was chilly. There really wasn't a lot of sitting area at the lake but we made do. Expect to trek through some pretty muddy areas. It was a nice day.

hiking
muddy
Sat Apr 27 2019

Very few people, great hike

hiking
Fri Apr 26 2019

We hiked this route on 4/20 (free pass day). It was obviously packed so we had to do street parking 0.5mi away. Most of your incline will occur in the first 2.5 miles and it will get flat after the top of the falls on your way to Wallace lake. The trail going up the falls was really crowded but most of that died down when we continued on towards the lake. After you see the top of the falls, follow the grey diamonds on the trees to find your way up as the path isn’t very clear. The main path to get to the lake was flooded with little option to get around unless you were quick footed. We made it but not without some muddy shoes. Keep an eye on your map after the lake. It’s easy to take the wrong path. We saw a few hikers do it and we nearly did as well.

hiking
snow
Wed Mar 20 2019

Starting off, the Woody Trail was pretty busy. Gorgeous views and runs along the water though. My destination was Wallace Lake, so I took the Greg Ball Trail. This is where I started to get away from the crowds. I saw some people but not many. The elevation gain on this trail was pretty significant. About a mile from the lake, I came across what I believe is the DNR trail. There was a logging company stationed there. I continued on and started to come across some snow. There were some bare patches though where a truck had gone through. The view of the lake was okay. The best view was on the bridge that’s near the campsites. I walked about halfway up one side of the lake and then turned around when I realized there weren’t any clear views of the lake there. If you continue on, there is Jay Lake, but I did not do that.

hiking
Mon Jan 14 2019

Woody trail is beautiful, leading to spectacular views of 3 falls, lower, middle (wow!) and upper. There are also panoramic views of the Olympics and Seattle to be enjoyed on a clear day, should you choose to add a huge loop to your falls hikes, and head toward Wallace Lake. Record high, clear day in winter and the parking lot was packed, trail busy, but still lots of quiet spots. Dogs had a great time and other owners were conscientious. Really well maintained and signed trails and great facilities at the parking area.

hiking
Sun Dec 16 2018

beautiful hike. not many people. parking lot was empty. middle falls and upper falls have breathtaking views.

Fri Oct 12 2018

It was fun.

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