Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Gold Bar with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

TRAIL IS CURRENTLY CLOSED! There are rangers who hang around the trailhead and up at the lake who will write you a ticket.

Took my mom here.

This is a must do trail. A lot of switchbacks but the climb is relatively easy and the view is amazing. A yearly must do...

12 days 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.

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

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.

13 days 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.

Does anybody know when the trail is open again?

14 days 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.

19 days ago

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


Washington Trails Association update that the trail will be closed through August 31st.

Such a bummer this is by far one of the most beautiful and rewarding hikes!

Harder than expected but not so hard cannot be achieved by a relatively fit person who only occasionally hikes. One key... make sure you have a discover pass or parking pass before getting there as limited parking and place to purchase.

Beautiful morning hike!❤️

We saw both the falls and hiked up to the lake last fall. When I did this I was relatively new to hiking and it was insanely hard but incredibly rewarding.

Beautiful hike on a well maintained trail

23 days ago

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

26 days 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.

Beautiful morning hike!

28 days ago

view is better in the middle.

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

Hike to Bridal Veil falls was relatively easy and a great view. Lake Serene was very difficult. Lots of climbing and switchbacks. Definitely a big hike but well worth it.

1 month 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!

1 month 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.

1 month 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

off road driving
1 month ago

I got all the way up to the trailhead with no real issue ... the parking lot ... or what I would assume is the parking lot is still a snow pack ... I DID NOT do the trail itself ... so no idea what the conditions where above parking. I did not even know it was there and was not prepared to actually hike.

Drive was awesome though! A couple real cool places to turn your vehicle vertical if your brave enough.

My guess is that is is freaking awesome to hike it though based on the scenery from the road alone ... now that I know it is there ... I will be back for sure a little later in the year.

1 month 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.

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.

This was the hardest hike I’ve ever done but was well worth the effort. My kids, 6 and 9 at the time we’re troopers and made the round trip with me. (Late August)

The second half of the hike to the lake is much more challenging than the the bit to the falls. The switchbacks are fast and steep and some of the stones/steps were giant size. A few times it felt more like a scramble up small boulders than actual trail.

We didn’t budget enough time to end before dark so we didn’t get as much time at the lake.

It’s incredibly beautiful and because of the challenge, it’s not as heavily used as other trails.

1 month 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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