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Wallace Falls State Park
WALLACE FALLS STATE PARK
WALLACE FALLS STATE PARK
14503 Wallace Lake Road
Goldbar, Washington   98251

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Wallace Falls State Park
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Wallace Falls State Park
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Wallace Falls State Park
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Wallace Falls State Park
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Wallace Falls State Park
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The Wallace Falls State Park Management Area is a 4,735-acre camping park with shoreline on the Wallace River, Wallace Lake, Jay Lake, Shaw Lake and the Skykomish River. Located on the west side of the Cascade Mountains, the park features a 265-foot waterfall, old-growth coniferous forests, and fast- moving rivers and streams. Cougars have been sighted several times near Wallace Falls, and peregrine falcons inhabit the rock cliffs of the Index Town Wall. The scenery is outstanding in this park, which includes numerous waterfalls, three back-country lakes and a river. Wallace Falls drops from a height of 265 feet. The park offers a rock-climbing wall eight miles east near Index. Atop Mount Pilchuck, 60 miles away, a fire lookout provides a spectacular, panoramic view. Swimming access is five miles east at Big Eddy.

Park hours/updates:

Summer: 8 a.m. to dusk.Winter: 8 a.m. to dusk Camping:Check-in time,: 2:30 p.m.Quiet hours, 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Nature of the Area
Wildlife Mammals Birds Fish & Sea Life. Bears. Bobcats. Chipmunks. Coyotes. Deer or Elk. Foxes. Marmots. Marten. Otters. Rabbits. Raccoons. Skunks. Squirrels. Crows or Ravens. Ducks. Eagles. Geese. Grouse. Hawks. Herons. Hummingbirds. Jays. Ospreys. Owls. Woodpeckers. Wrens. Bullhead. Salmon. Steelhead. Trout

Environmental Features Physical Features Plant Life Special

Wallace Falls is a dramatic display of the power of water to erode rock.

. Cedar. Douglas Fir. Hemlock. Spruce. Alder. Maple. Foxglove. Lupines. Paintbrush. Berries. Ferns. Moss or Lichens. Thistle

Evidence of logging, including railroad trestle ruins, old railroad grades and springboard notches in old stumps, are visible in the park. There is an historic fire lookout atop Mount Pilchuck.

History of the Area
The lake, falls and mounts are named "Wallace," after the name "Kwayaylsh." Joe and Sarah Kwayaylsh, members of the Skykomish tribe, were the first homesteaders in the area.
Camping
The park has two walk-in tent sites and one restroom. There are no showers. The camping sites are 20 to 50 feet in from the parking area. Sites are very private, with picnic tables and campfire rings. All campsites are first-come, first-served.

Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m. Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
Boating
There is a boat ramp at Big Eddy (a satellite park five miles east) for put-in or take-out on the Skykomish river.
Boats and RVs
Leavenworth Outfitters.com Outdoor Center - Leavenworth, WABoat Rentals
We want to share the nature and adventure of river rafting, kayaking, cross country skiing and snoeshoeing in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State with our honored guests.
34.2 miles from park*


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Picnicking
The park provides two kitchen shelters without electricity, plus five sheltered and five unsheltered picnic tables. Both are available first-come, first-served. Picnic tables are all first-come, first-served.

The park is extremely busy on summer days. Parking usually fills by 11:00 a.m. on the weekends.
Area Attractions
Trails Water Activities Other. 12 mi. Hiking Trails. 5 mi. Bike Trails. Boating (freshwater, non-motorized). Fishing (freshwater). Swimming (freshwater). White-water Kayaking. Bird Watching. Interpretive Activities. Mountain Biking. Mountain Climbing. Rock Climbing. Wildlife Viewing

Winter Recreation . Snowshoeing. Snow Play

Fishing, rafting, kayaking, canoeing and swimming are popular at Big Eddy, a satellite park five miles east.

Rock climbing is possible at the Index Town Wall, 12 miles east of Wallace Falls.

A variety of mountain-climbing and winter activities are available for experienced hikers and outdoor enthusiasts at Mount Pilchuck, 60 miles northwest of the park.

Be prepared for hiking by bringing proper gear, including:- good socks and footwear,- flashlight,- food,- extra clothing,- compass, or GPS, and a good map.
Things To Do in the Area
Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival - Rollingbay, WAArts/Cultural/Drama
Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival is a family-focused music event organized by volunteers. The festival brings diverse music to the community, raising funds for local charities, this year PAWs of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap.
Web Site: BainbridgeBluegrass.org
45.2 miles from park*
Leavenworth Outfitters.com Outdoor Center - Leavenworth, WAFamily Outting
We want to share the nature and adventure of river rafting, kayaking, cross country skiing and snoeshoeing in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State with our honored guests.
Web Site: leavenworthoutfitters.com
34.2 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 24 Too many people by Rusho
Great hike, but go early or you will have to park 2 miles down the road amongst the thousands of people who flock to this area on a sunny day. Lots of beginner hikers with no water or food or extra clothing really bugs me! The falls are beautiful, but again there are so many people you have to stop constantly and wait for them to pass. But if you like stopping alot, then this hike is for you.
July 10 Great Family Hike by Cascadesview
Took our 3 year old on this hike, he made it all the way to the lower falls and back to within a mile of the parking lot on his own (did the last mile in the mostly-unnecessary baby carrier).
August 23 Awesome Hike by Church lady
I went with a group of people from my church on Saturday (August 21, 2010.) It was a beautiful day. We had great weather for the hike. It was definately not a granny trail. We all made it to the upper part of the falls to enjoy the beauty, eat lunch, and to take many photos. It was definately worth it and I would hike it again.
February 9
September 27 Boy Scout Hike by Scoutmaster, Troop 81, Tyee
This is a great local area hike that we take when ever boys need a 5 mile compass hike. The hike is not to hard for the new boys and the older boys love the trail too. This quickly became my sons fav trail to hike. Our Troop hikes it no less then once a year.
May 25


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Directions
Located two miles northeast of Gold Bar, Wash.

From the west : Take U.S. Hwy. 2 (Steven's Pass Highway) east 12 miles from Monroe to Gold Bar. Once in Gold Bar, follow the signs two miles northeast to the park.

From the east : Take U.S. Hwy. 2 west about 43 miles from the summit of Steven's pass to the town of Gold Bar. From town, follow the signs two miles northeast to the park.

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