Wallace Falls


Day Hike - Wallace Falls

Wallace Falls is a great place to observe old growth forest and mosses. This is a Mountaineers Naturalists trip.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,600 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,000 ft
  • Pace: Moderate but with stops

Meet at a small P&R at 148th and 1st NE, just west of I-5. This is a small church lot with a transit sign on 1st NE. Meeting time 8:30 am. Because it is a Sunday, although we will meet there, we will need to move our cars after meeting. Please e-mail me if you do not intend to meet at the aforementioned P&R.

The Wallace Falls trail is a great place to see a variety of mosses and is blessed with very good views of a set of three waterfalls. Our pace will vary but will be moderate between a number of stops to observe mosses and forest scenes. The trail gains a fair amount of elevation and is fairly steep at times. I expect to make it to the top of the highest falls at a distance of 2.7 miles from the TH.

It may be, depending on weather and conditions, that some of us may complete a loop via the Greg Ball trail which adds about 1 mile. There are good cliff mosses on this part of the loop.

This is a good review for those who took the moss class the previous couple of years. Documenting what you see is the best way to learn mosses and a camera is the best tool. The moss chart created for the class can be sent by e-mail enclosure, or previous class students would want to bring their class book. A 30x or stronger loupe is suggested.


Wallace Falls

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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