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Wallace Falls and Lake

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11.1 mile 17.9 kilometer loop
81% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 2,419' 737 m
Descent: -2,419' -737 m
High: 1,837' 560 m
Low: 351' 107 m

Grade

Avg 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.

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Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Washington State Discovery Pass required. You are able to purchase onsite with automated payment machine if needed.

Overview

The Middle Falls overlook is the best. Make sure to stop by for a quick break. The Upper Falls is full of roots and rocks, and difficult to get to. Pay off for the upper falls view is not great.

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).

Need to Know

The trail up to Upper Falls is pretty steep and can be slippery. Please be cautious if coming down at speed!

Runner Notes

This is a popular trail on the weekends so come early or run throughout the week to avoid the masses. The trail system is well-marked and a great place to practice some trail running from beginner to advanced.

Description

This route starts out on the Woody Trail which follows along the Wallace River. Plenty of families take the trail, and since it's rooty, rocky, and narrow singletrack most of the way, please use caution when moving around kids/dogs. There is a beautiful lookout located at the Middle Falls lookout. The Upper Falls lookout was okay. This trail is difficult due to the quick elevation gain; I'd say it was similar to Mt. Si in that it goes up and never levels off until you reach the top. Most of it is pretty popular, well-marked singletrack so you won't get lost. A bathroom is available slightly off the trail at about 1.5 miles on the way up. There are also helpful interpretive signs along the way as well for those of you wanting to break more often.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Standard Pacific Northwest flora and fauna. Middle growth forests throughout. Not much fauna except for the odd squirrel. Not many birds even in October, so it was dead silent while running.

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May 11, 2019
Stacy Lindbloom
Woody trail to Ball to Wallace lake 7.9mi — 1h 47m
May 4, 2019
Andrea Scott
No snow. Well marked. Came at 9am and not too busy but definitely was when we left. Good for families. 11.1mi — 3h 00m
Apr 27, 2019
Trey Pietras
Feb 3, 2019
Lina GM
Jun 7, 2018
Eric Rupp
Only went to middle falls 4mi
Jun 10, 2017
Eric Rupp
Starts out easy and gets more technical as you climb. 1,300 ft elevation gain 6mi — 2h 00m
Aug 6, 2016
larry huang
bridge up top at the lake connecting the lake and falls is now open.

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Middle Falls
Sep 28, 2015 near Gold Bar, WA
Wallace Falls is quite picturesque from the Middle Falls Overlook.
Feb 28, 2017 near Gold Bar, WA
Small Falls
Sep 28, 2015 near Gold Bar, WA
Wallace Lake from the trail
Dec 13, 2018 near Gold Bar, WA
The Woody Trail is woody.
Sep 28, 2015 near Gold Bar, WA
EarthCorps crew improving a view area for future visitors!
Jul 12, 2016 near Gold Bar, WA

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