Wallace Falls


Day Hike - Wallace Falls

We will enjoy winter hiking among the natural world that is resplendent this time of year: namely water and mosses. This extremely popular trail is much less crowded in winter and affords views of the wallace river, bird life, waterfalls and a wild feel from the hanging mosses and big trees.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft

65th street park and ride at 8 AM. Alternative meet-up location will be arranged for east side participants.

Even in the wet wallace falls is wonderful. An hour from Seattle brings us to this bit of wildness. The trail is steep in a few spots, but manageable, though sturdy hiking boots are required and gaiters or rain pants help if it is wet. Dress in layers and prepare for all weather. Bring a magnifying loupe if you have one. We will identify mosses and lichens using Stewart Hougen's ID pages for common mosses, lichens and liverworts. And remember, "If winter comes, can spring be far behind?"


Wallace Falls

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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