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Wallace Falls State Park - Greg Ball Trail to Wallace Lake — Sunday, Jun. 26, 2022

Central Cascades
Lake Wallace basking in the sun.

Arrived at the park around noon. The parking lot was mostly full, there may have been 3–5 spaces left.

We made it to Lake Wallace in roughly 2 hours. The heat was brutal and even the tree cover didn't offer much respite. The walk up to the lake is beautiful, you can catch glimpses of a roaring stream nearby.

We checked map signage located at the entrance to the lake. It indicated there was a pebble beach on the left side of the lake (relative to the direction you're facing while reading the sign). It ended up actually being on the opposite end of the lake.

Nonetheless, we made it to the pebble beach along the Lake Wallace waterfront and enjoyed cooling off in the hot, summer sun. I would recommend sandals or some other shoe that can get wet (if wearing hiking boots up to the trail). The pebbles are more like jagged rocks and they stabbed my feet.

After a short rest, we hiked to Jay Lake, which is about another mile further. This turned out to be disappointing as there is no lake access (from what we could see) and the trail dead-ends at a campsite.

From the Jay Lake campsite back to the parking lot, it took us just over 2.5 hours.

Distant peaks visible from pebble beach.

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Claytonvista on Wallace Falls State Park - Greg Ball Trail to Wallace Lake

Is the gain pretty evenly spread out? Or are there a few steep sections? Thanks in advance

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Claytonvista on Jul 13, 2022 03:33 AM

jmaeat on Wallace Falls State Park - Greg Ball Trail to Wallace Lake

I would say the gain is pretty spread out. There are a few parts where the steps up become more difficult, and I would recommend trekking poles in those areas.

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jmaeat on Jul 13, 2022 03:11 PM

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Claytonvista on Jul 13, 2022 05:30 PM

jmaeat on Wallace Falls State Park - Greg Ball Trail to Wallace Lake

I did! The water was cool but refreshing. We went during the first heat wave (temp in mid 90s). As I mentioned in my post, would definitely recommend some sandals (if hiking in boots) for dipping in the water — those "pebbles" on the shore are very sharp!

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jmaeat on Jul 14, 2022 03:55 PM