Wallace Falls and Lake
ElevationAscent: 2,419' 737 m
Descent: -2,419' -737 m
High: 1,837' 560 m
Low: 351' 107 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 48% (26°)
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“A popular trail system with trail access to both Wallace Falls and Wallace Lake.”— larry huang
Wallace Lake is serene, but there are not as many break points unless you go across to the other side of the lake. There are not many runners here so it is very peaceful and quiet. The 0.5-mile gravel path leading to Wallace Lake is very large crushed gravel that destroys your shoes and is rough on your feet (or other body parts if you fall).
After heading up and back on the Woody Trail, you'll head up on the Greg Ball Trail to get to Wallace Lake. Fewer people use the trail to Wallace Lake. On a sunny Monday morning, I saw one person with one dog the entire way up and down the Greg Ball Trail. There are signs along the trail although they are not very helpful (e.g. it'll say 1.5 miles of "difficult" level trail, but it was pretty flat/smooth for at least one mile after the sign). This is a gorgeous forest with a ton of shade, following along a creek that you can hear almost the entire time.
When you get near the end of the Greg Ball Trail at the top, you'll come across a logging road. Turning left is a sign saying to not go that way due to logging vehicles. So head right, then 100 yards later you'll see a sign on the left for the trail to Wallace Lake. It's only 0.5 miles with a mild gradient, but it's all large crushed gravel, where it is easy to twist ankles.
At the lake there is a path to continue all the way around, including a newly re-built bridge as of August 2016. This can also take you over to the Upper Wallace Falls via the Falls to Lake Trail.
Once you're at the lake, it's super serene and quiet. Find a nice sunny spot on the opposite side of the lake and take a well-deserved break. Head down the same Greg Ball Trail you came out on and take the alternate Old Railroad Grade pathway down to the parking lot for a fast and wide ending.
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Local Club: Washington Trails Association
Sep 13, 2019: One Trip Reporter You Otter Get to Know
Sep 12, 2019: Ohme Gardens County Park
Land Manager: Washington State Parks