Explore the most popular walking 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.

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

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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3 days ago

Pretty long hike and there is was so many people we had to park two miles away to add on to the hike. The trail is clearly marked but it has minimal signs and should have some rails for safety. Coming from Michigan, the elevation killed me but I completed it. When we went it was very busy .

It's easy to see why this is such a popular trail, the falls are spectacular. Would definitely recommend getting there early though, parking can be somewhat limited.

hiking
5 days ago

So amazing!! Loved this and will do it again went after 4:30 PM still enough daylight left and the trail wasn’t packed with people! Not too moderate

Amazing! This trail is the same as the bridal veil falls trail. You have to hike up to the falls, then back down to the main path but it is completely worth it. The falls were gorgeous. Up to the falls was easy. The hike up to lake serene was a little more difficult. The elevation gain was tough, it took place among a ton of switchbacks. The change in climate as you get to the top of the mountain was amazing. We saw a Pika at the top of the mountain which was incredible!

I did this again two days ago, it is a nice and easy trail, worth, this time the pebble beach was under water, I would advice you to do this around late August, wait for the water level to come down a bit more so you can have access to the pebble beach.

I'll definitely come back later this year.

Still you have access to the water either by going to the camp site direction , or the opposite direction, all around the lake, right after the "Jay Lake" mark, passing a non-handrail metal bridge

Excellent hike! Our 8 & 10 year old inexperienced boys managed well! The falls are will worth the hike!

Tough hike-- bring water and sustenance and some form of snow traction for the top. A beautiful midpoint helps encourage you through the grueling back half of the trail. well worth the effort. you'll need to hop across some slow moving water.

hiking
10 days ago

There is a reason why this hike is probably one of the most hiked trails in Washington. The trail is clearly marked the entire time which makes it easy to navigate. I think it’s pretty cool that for the majority of the hike up to the middle view point for the falls, you’re hiking along the river. Nothing beats the sound of a river throughout your hike accompanied by bird song. I didn’t make it all the way to upper falls but the middle falls lookout point has an incredible view of the entire length of the falls. As always, please pick up your stuff when you go. If you pack it in, please pack it out. I do recommend getting to this one early though so you can enjoy the trail to yourself like I did.

hiking
11 days ago

This trail definitely exists, but requires doing some homework. If you just show up to the parking lot and set off, it is highly unlikely you will find your way to the lake. The trailhead is not marked anywhere, and the turnoff from the gravel road to the trail is hard to spot at best. The last mile or so is mostly following flags/markers and a faint booth path. There are some amazing hidden gems along the way if you know where to look.

hiking
16 days ago

Loved this trail! Got there around noon and luckily 2 parking spaces were open. Otherwise, parking is minimal and you have to park about a 10-15 min walk from the trailhead along the road. WA state parks pass required, which you can buy at the store they have there. The trail runs along the river, so you get to hear the sounds of rushing water and see waterfalls along the way as you walk through a shaded forest. The elevation gain at some points was a little steep, but still worth it for those views! There are plenty of spots to pull to the side and take a breather or have a picnic. The trail was fairly busy yet it didn’t feel that way along the way.

Did this yesterday as a loop to the Wallace falls trail. The lake is absolutely beautiful
and if you want to get away from the Wallace falls crowd then definitely recommend doing. Even on a Saturday afternoon there was hardly anyone.

hiking
17 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous! Hike to the falls iOS great but take the loop to Wallace lake and the extra couple of miles will make this more than worth it!

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike to the upper falls. The young mountain lion was spotted again so just beware if bringing your dog or maybe even small children, but I don’t think it’s actively trying to pick a fight. The volunteer had a pic of it if you’re interested.

Lots of folks. Well maintained. Friendly and helpful staff on site! Probably the nicest state park in Washington. If you feel as if u didn’t hike enough heading to the falls, consider heading up to the lakes.

on Wallace Falls Trail

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24 days ago

Beautiful even in the rain! Easy hike and very peaceful!

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28 days ago

Great hike. We did this hike 14Apr. It was non-stop rain but the beauty made up for it. We decided to turn around at Middle falls because we were pretty soaked but the views were amazing. The trails were well marked and well maintained. Weather kept us from TRULY enjoying the views but we plan on going back. Only downside for us, most of the hikers on the trail seemed to be the LEAST friendly we've encountered on any of our hikes but that's not the mountains fault. Highly recommended

Falls were beautiful and trails well maintained. It was fairly crowded so get there early for both parking reasons and quieter trails.

it was a great hike!!!! the trail was pretty busy even on a rainy April day. It was beautiful even on a cloudy rainy day!!!

Great hike. I am in pretty bad shape but the views are great and there are plenty of them.

hiking
1 month ago

A bit on the muddy side but by far the best hike I’ve been on.

Leg Day!!! A nice challenge. The journey is definitively worth the destination here! You'll be glad you did this one. Fair warning, the water is freezing cold! Even in July.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views! So many falls! Not super hard or crazy, depending on your conditioning, but definitely worth it!

Very clean and well kept trail! Lots of runners so be careful going around corners but all hikers and runners were very respectful!! Only went to the lower falls with my grandpa but will be returning to do the full hike!

Absolutely beautiful!

The wooded trail is in great condition considering a very rainy day. Got to top of Upper Falls and kept going to Wallace Lake along forest road. Forest road has places of snow cover. Returned to parking lot along Greg Ball trail. Very wet due to rain. Let’s just say the trail was a very very shallow creek. All in all very rainy day for a hike. But enjoyed the hike just as well.

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beautiful trails. quite the push to the upper falls. took the upper service road back down and ran into a black bear. definitely get the early for parking

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