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Washington State Parks

USA Parks
North Cascades Region
Wallace Falls State Park
Wallace Falls State Park © Lee Koshman
Wallace Falls State Park Wallace Falls © Tom Purse
Wallace Falls State Park © Ting Huang
Wallace Falls State Park © Ting Huang
Wallace Falls State Park © Ting Huang
Wallace Falls State Park © Tom Purse
Wallace Falls State Park Wallace Falls - Lower Falls © Dan Dovey
Afternoon light on the Lower Falls
Wallace Falls State Park Wallace Lake © Dan Dovey
Looking WSW across Wallace Lake in afternoon light
Wallace Falls State Park Wallace Falls - Middle Falls © Dan Dovey
The Middle Falls cascade down ledges
14503 Wallace Lake Road
Goldbar, Washington   98251

Reservations: 888-226-7688
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.
Park Store
Available in the park Available in the area? Camping? Pay phone? Fire wood? Auto repair? Camping? Diesel? Fishing/hunting? Gasoline? Gifts? Groceries? Hardware? Horse rental? Hospital? Overnight Accommodations? Pay phone? Postal service? Propane? Recreational equipment? White gas? Wood

The park provides a pop machine with bottled water. Most services are available within a few miles of the park.
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.
There is a boat ramp at Big Eddy (a satellite park five miles east) for put-in or take-out on the Skykomish river.

Wallace Falls State Park is located near Duvall, Monroe and Bothell

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.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 15
awesome lots of trees
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).
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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.


Washington State Parks