Wallace Falls

Enjoy three beautiful waterfalls just outside Gold Bar on this moderate hike with 1,300 feet of elevation gain and 5.5 miles round trip. Or continue on to the quiet Wallace Lake for 8.2 miles round trip and 1,500 feet of elevation gain.

getting there

Drive SR 2 to Gold Bar and turn north onto First Street and follow the signs to Wallace Falls State Park (300 ft).

on the trail

wallace falls

It's 5.5 miles round trip and 1,300 feet of elevation gain.

wallace falls loop

Make your trip to the falls a loop hike by hiking to Wallace Lake and the down the Greg Ball Trail. It's 6.5 miles and 1,250 feet of elevation gain.

wallace lake

Continue hiking beyond the falls to Wallace Lake and even a bit further to Jay Lake.  Its 8.2 miles and 1,500 feet of elevation gain.

PARKING ALERT

As of 5/25/16 parking for access to Wallace Falls State Park on Ley Road is no longer available. The City of Gold Bar has closed the road to parking. The Sheriff’s office will be issuing citations to vehicles parked on Ley Road. At this time, there is no optional, overflow parking for access to Wallace Falls once the park’s lot is full.

INFORMATION for leaders

Scheduling & Permits

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • The Mountaineers has a commercial use permit with Washington State Parks for all free and fee-based outings at state parks. Leaders should carry a print or digital copy of our  commercial use permit to show rangers they may encounter.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 5.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft
  • 1,800 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Index No. 142
Activities

Upcoming Activities

CHS 2 Hike - Wallace Falls & Lake

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Enjoy three beautiful waterfalls just outside Gold Bar on this loop hike to Wallace Falls
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, May 1, 2021
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration opens Apr 21
Seattle Branch

CHS 1 Hike - Wallace Falls

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Enjoy three beautiful waterfalls just outside Gold Bar on this CHS hike led at a
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, May 16, 2021
No Prerequisites
6 participants
Registration opens Apr 21
Seattle Branch

GoHike Hiking Trip - 3-6 miles, <1,000 feet gain - Wallace Falls

Day Hiking Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Series
Join us for this moderate hike of 4.6 miles and 1000 feet of elevation gain
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, May 22, 2021
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration opens Apr 16
Foothills Branch

CHS Tacoma May Hikes - Wallace Falls

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. Trip will open for registration
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, May 23, 2021
No Prerequisites
0 participants
Registration closes May 21
Tacoma Branch

CHS 1 Hike - Wallace Falls Loop

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Enjoy three beautiful waterfalls just outside Gold Bar! This hike includes the Greg Ball trail.
Difficulty: Moderate
Wed, Jun 2, 2021
No Prerequisites
6 participants
Registration opens May 26
Seattle Branch

Intro to Frontcountry Trail Running - Wallace Falls

Trail Running Field trip: Introduction to Trail Running: Frontcountry
Learn and practice trail running skills at a local frontcountry trail.
Difficulty: Moderate
Thu, Jun 24, 2021
No Prerequisites
1 participant 0 instructors
Registration closes Jun 20
Foothills Branch

Day Hike - Wallace Falls

Youth Field trip: Summer Camp - Hike Week
Friday day hike to Wallace Falls.
Difficulty: Moderate
Fri, Jul 9, 2021
No Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist 0 instructors
Registration closes Jul 7
Seattle Branch

Field Trip Day - Wallace Falls

Youth Youth activity: Summer Camp - Rockstar Week
Field trip during Rockstar Week.
Difficulty: Moderate
Wed, Aug 4, 2021
No Prerequisites
13 participants 14 instructors
Registration closes Aug 2
Seattle Branch
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Titles

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  • Wallace Falls Loop
  • Wallace Lake
  • Wallace Falls & Lake
  • Wallace & Jay Lakes
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