Aug 10, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Wallace Falls
- Region: Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
- Agency: Washington State Parks
- Avg Rating: 4.14
- Hiking Companions
- Hiked with kids
- Why You Should Go Now
- Ripe berries
- Be Aware Of
We began hiking along a very wide rock trail - it will take about 10 minutes to cross this rock path and begin hiking in the forest. Above, you can hear the power lines sparkling and cracking.
Once you enter the forest, there is a split between two trails - the Railroad Grade Trail and Woody Trail. Take the Woody Trail, for this is the way to Wallace Falls. Once you enter, it goes downhill, then even, then uphill, then WAY downhill, then very uphill to reach the falls.
Once you walk about half a mile, there will be a rushing river and many rocks. There are stairs to access the river and stones for your children to dip their hands in the water and rest.
Along the trail, there were bushes full of ripe huckleberries. The children enjoyed taking pictures of the huckleberries and collecting them, as well. There are also many benches in case children need to rest. Since it was a Friday, only some people hiked along the trail and I recommend that you don't go on Saturday or Sunday, there will be many people hiking along the trail and the parking lot will be packed with hikers.
You will also come to a very large wooden bridge with a river roaring beneath you - you can rest here. Many people have carved their names in the wooden bridge as a lasting memory.
Once the roaring sound of the falls becomes very close, you've reached the Lower Falls. We stopped here and went down. There is a separate trail in case you want to reach the Middle Falls and Higher Falls - another hiker told us the Middle Falls was the prettiest. Let the children rest and pick huckleberries (there are many huckleberries in the bushes), watch the falls, feel the mist on their faces, or rest in the picnic area if you decide to continue or go back down.
If you have any questions about this hike, or want to comment, feel free and I will answer your questions and appreciate their comments! Thank you!