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.


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
  • Green Trails Index No. 142

Upcoming Activities

April Break Camp - Field Trip - Wallace Falls

Youth Field trip: Spring Break Camp
Field trip during break camp.
Difficulty: Moderate
Wed, Apr 14, 2021
No Prerequisites
16 participants
Registration opens Feb 1
Seattle Branch
Trip Reports

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

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