Day Hike - Wallace Falls Loop


Day Hike - Wallace Falls Loop

This moderate loop hike (8-10 miles, 1250' total gain) is offered as part of the Introduction to Hiking in the PNW program and will have an extra emphasis on planning and demonstration of gear and skills.

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  • Sat, Feb 6, 2016
  • Foothills Hiking Committee
  • Day Hiking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,250 ft

Hello everyone, welcome to the Wallace Falls Lake Loop hike for Feb. 6 – this Saturday!  This hike is being offered in support of The Mountaineers Intro to Hiking in the PNW course.

My plan is to meet up at 9 a.m. at the Bothell Park and Ride at 15530 Juanita Woodinville Way, NE, Bothell, WA 98011.

For those willing we can carpool from there (encouraged) to the trail head about 45 minutes away (depending on ski traffic to Stevens).  Please note that parking at the Trailhead requires a Discover Pass (you can purchase a one day pass at the trailhead for $10 cash). 

For gear (and I know some of you may be in the process of selecting gear), the most important consideration for this hike is staying dry and warm.  Plan for rain/snow and to be walking in mud and possibly snow.    As you recall from class:  No cotton, dress in layers.   Bring a waterproof, breathable hard shell (rain coat and pants – the coat being more important than the pants but if raining I’ll have both on!).  A hat to keep rain off your face and extra gloves and socks.

A day pack is sufficient.  Line it with a sturdy trash bag to help water proof it.  Please bring water, snacks and lunch – weather permitting we can have a break at the falls or the lake for lunch.  A January trail report said there was about a foot of snow at the lake and it was slippery in spots so I advise bringing traction – meaning microspikes or yak tracks. Ice is always possible even if there is no snow. Trekking poles with snow baskets will help as well.

Please bring a map (you can create one at -- navigate there and search on Wallace lake) and a compass.

I also encourage those of you in the class to research this hike online, both on the Mountaineers site and at Washington Trails Association.  We will have a decision to make about our route, based on recent trail reports, and we will do that as a group at the trailhead.  Another website you should check is to check the avalanche forecast for any pertinent information.

Check the 10 essentials and make sure you are covered there, in addition to the items I’ve already mentioned.

If you have any questions, please email me or feel free to give me a call at 202.255.8457.  Also, please email me if you have specific questions or concerns you would like to see covered during the hike, especially anything we might not have covered in class or questions that didn’t get addressed then.

I will be sending out another email on Thursday evening.  If your plans change Friday night or Saturday morning, please call or text me to let me know so we aren’t waiting for you.

Thank you again for joining the hike this Saturday.  I look forward to seeing you all!


Driving Directions to the trailhead:

 Take Highway 2 from Everett on Hwy 2 toward Gold Bar, turn left onto 1st Street for .4 miles and take a right onto May Creek Road.  Follow May Creek Road for 1.3 miles to a Y and go left a short way to the Wallace Falls State Park parking lot. There are bathrooms near the parking lot and a Discover Pass is required (can be purchased at a dispenser in the Wallace Falls parking lot).


Wallace Falls Loop

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Map:  Green Trails Index #142

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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