Hike at Wallace Falls
Washington › Wallace Falls Trailhead
Added by Gemina Garland-Lewis
Hiking to the Lower, Middle, and Upper Falls make it accessible for both beginners and experienced hikers.
The trailhead is located at the far end of the parking lot, next to the info kiosk and bathrooms. It starts out in a wide open area that shortly leads to stunning views of Mt. Index and Baring Mountain. The trail turns to the left and you're greeted by a beautiful Wordsworth quote carved into a trail sign that's sure to resonate with lovers of the outdoors.
The trail continues at a even grade along the Wallace River. When you come to a fork in the trail at the half mile mark, follow the Woody Trail to the right to continue hiking. The left fork offers and wider path and longer option - one that is also bike-accessible for those looking to get out mountain biking.
Continuing along the river, you'll soon come to the trail's first steeper climb as it leads up to the Lower Falls. These falls are located two miles from the trailhead and have a nice picnic area as well. Continue about another half a mile up the trail and you'll come to the awesome views of the Middle Falls. If the sun is out make sure to watch for rainbows forming in the heavy mist surrounding the falls.
The steepest part of the trail awaits between Middle and Upper Falls, but is well worth the view and the solitude of having left most of the other hikers behind at the lower falls. There's also a great little spot to drop down off the trail in this section - you'll see a path to the right on your way up that leads you to an overlook with an expansive view of the Skykomish River Valley and, far in the distance, the Olympic Mountains. The trail officially ends at the Upper Falls at just 2.8 miles from the parking lot, making for an easy hike during shorter daylight hours or when you're short on time!
If you're feeling hungry on the way back, be sure to stop in at the Wallace Falls Cafe in Gold Bar. They offer tasty Vietnamese and American fare - nothing like a steamy bowl of pho after a rainy PNW hike!
- 10 essentials
- Tripod (for long exposure shots)
- Rain gear
- Discover Pass (available at Wallace Falls parking lot or at the Texaco in Sultan)
Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.
Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More
Are we missing something?Suggest an edit
ReviewsLeave a Review
Day Hike Adventure
Our group really enjoyed this hike. We went to Wallace falls for a short day trip while visiting Seattle and it did not disappoint! We went on a Sunday arriving mid day and although we saw people throughout the hike it never felt crowded as has been described on other occasions. The trail has beautiful scenery throughout and the falls were roaring! The trail will challenge some with the amount of incline, we found it to be really enjoyable.
Challenging Enough To Feel Rewarding
Beautiful hike. Arrived around noon on a Sunday and only seen a handful of people on the way up. More people than expected on the way down. Good hike to work up a sweat. Continue past upper falls and follow the blue diamond markers and turn right once you get to the dirt road, you can either go left and continue 2 miles to the lake or right to go to another lookout bride.
Good Moderate Family Hike
Brought my infant in a back and my 4year old. The hike to the lowest falls was gorgeous. Mature, mossy forest. Sound of the river and falls the whole time. The 3.6 miles to and from the lower falls wore the kids out and had some moderate difficulty parts. Love this hike!!!!
Beautiful And As Challenging As You Want It To Be
This was one of the best hikes I've done in Washington so far. We took our dog and saw many other people with dogs too! We went all the way up to the upper falls which took us (I'd consider us fit) about 2 hours. You can also make it less challenging and just hike to the lower or middle falls. An overall great hike for every fitness level and season.
More Adventures Nearby
Backpack to Mystic Lake
Washington / Sunrise Visitors Center
Mystic Lake is a great out-and-back overnight trip from Sunrise, or can also be accessed as part of longer loop through Grand Park.
Run the Washington Park Arboretum Loop Trail
Washington / Broadmoor and Arboretum Parking Lot
The Washington Park Arboretum is the perfect place to swing through if you're looking for a short and gentle trail run without leaving the city.