Wallace Falls - Lake Loop
Aug 01, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Wallace Falls - Lake Loop
- Region: Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
- Avg Rating: 3.25
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Be Aware Of
There are several route options for combining a trip to both Wallace Lake and Wallace Falls in the same hike. For this trip, I hiked the Woody Trail to the Greg Ball Trail to the Railroad Grade to reach Wallace Lake. From Wallace Lake, I continued on the Upper Grade before connecting with Woody Trail to view the Upper, Middle, and Lower falls before returning to the trailhead.
As usual, Woody Trail was in great condition: dry, well-maintained, and all junctions with other trails are well-signed with both directions and mileage. Railroad Grade and Upper Grade are in good condition and well-signed also, however, there was a bit more mud. The most mud you will encounter is on the Upper Grade between the lake and the Upper Falls. The Upper Grade also had one blowdown (very easy to step over) and two extremely shallow streamlets to cross.
The only trail junction without adequate signage is where the Greg Ball Trail meets Railroad Grade. To reach the lake from here, head right and then look for the sign to the lake off to the left.
Along the Railroad and Upper Grades, wildflowers were blooming, especially foxglove. Bugs were minimal, but slugs were in abundance. A few new interpretive signs are in place along Woody Trail courtesy of Friends of Wallace Falls.