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“Really enjoyable.”

Wallace Falls State Park
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Gold Bar
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This 4,700 acre park has excellent mountain views.
Reviewed May 27, 2014

I wanted to doing some hiking near Seattle and Wallace Falls was only an hour away. If you want to do a nice 11 mile hike you could do what I did. Here's the route: Take the main trail (Woody Trail) up to it's termination at Upper Falls. You'll see a sign that clearly explains this is the end of the main trail and warns you not to go further unless you are prepared. Look beyond that sign for blue diamonds nailed to trees and follow them. This is a rough trail that goes about 0.2 miles and links into the trail to Wallace Lake. When the trails link you'll see a sign that points to the left. Wallace Lake is 2.3 miles from here, so follow the sign. Follow that DNR trail until you get to another sign that points to the right. Wallace Lake is 0.6 miles, but you'll want to go the other way, which will eventually take you to the Barr Trail. Take the Barr Trail and it will eventually link back into the Woody Trail and get you back to the parking lot. According to my pedometer it's about an 11 mile hike and takes you through a variety of terrain. There is a $10 day use fee for this park.

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Reviewed May 12, 2014

This state park is secluded and quiet. We stayed in one of the cabins and found it to be very cozy! A futon and a bunk with one twin on top and a double on the bottom comfortably accommodated the 4 of us. The cabin was decorated nicely and had a large round table; perfect for eating inside when the weather is wet. Each cabin has two sling chairs on the huge front porch, an elevated grill, a fire pit, and a picnic table. The hike up to the falls was beautiful but the hike to the middle falls is not recommended for people with asthma; it is very steep. That said, my husband and 16-year old daughter went all the way to the upper falls with no regrets. It was a difficult climb but they said it was well worth it. I suggest you start your hike early because by 10:00, the trails were very busy with friendly people, and by the time we got back down (at about 12:30), the parking lot was full. I was surprised to see so many dogs on the trail but we had no problems with barking, bad behavior, or 'issues' left behind. After dinner, we went for a 3-mile walk up the DNR Road; it was a very easy and quiet walk. We would have gone further with no problem but it was getting late and we had to turn around and go back to the cabin. Even in the rain, this was one of the best camping experiences we've had.

6  Thank JillyBean9827
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Got tired of the fog in Seattle so we found this place on the map and decided to go see it. We were so glad we did! This park mainly consists of a trail up a mountain along a fast moving river to get to Wallace Falls. There were three destinations - lower falls about 1.8 miles from the base, middle falls, and upper falls. The trail was very well maintained and easy to follow with a lot of signage along the way to keep you going in the right direction. The mossy forest was beautiful and there was a lookout halfway up with an amazing view of the mountains. We only made it to the lower falls but felt we got a very good workout that we really enjoyed. This is a hidden gem that I highly recommend to visitors and locals alike.

3  Thank jobethco
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

Totally spontaneous stop; I could see the falls from the highway so we pulled off. So glad we did. Great hike along a raging river with spectacular views of the waterfall all the way up. We went at a vigorous pace so it was a great workout but it was easy enough that anybody could complete the hike.

2  Thank John K
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

We came upon Wallace falls by coincidence (Google :) ) while visiting Seattle and decided to give it a try. It is a bit to walk from the parking up to the falls (we went to the middle falls level only), but well worth it. Lots of interesting and beautiful nature on the way up. As a European, I was surprised that all edible mushrooms and berries were left untouched; elsewhere they would have been picked immediately.

Great place for a half-day excursion out of Seattle.

Thank Kristofer A
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