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Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail

Wallace Falls State Park

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Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail

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  • Views of the creek along the side of the trail.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • Old growth forest and ferns.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • Water runoff from the falls.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • Well-maintained trail.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • Looking at the creek from the Greg Ball Trail.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • The power of the lower section of middle falls against the rock.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • Middle Falls.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • Middle falls creating a pool of water- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • Typical view from middle falls vantage point.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • Occasional views through the forest.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • The trail is lined with moss and ferns.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • Wallace Lake from north end.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • Viewpoint of Wallace Lake from the Greg Ball Trail.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • Wallace Lake.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • The Greg Ball Trail.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • Vault toilets on the trail to Wallace Lake.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • Lookout with informational panel.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • One of the many trail bridges on the way to Wallace Lake.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • Some climbing is necessary to reach the upper falls.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • The trail to the upper falls.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • Upper falls lookout.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • Views of the upper falls.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
  • The valley lookout has plenty of room for seating.- Wallace Falls + Lake via Greg Ball Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Multiple views of falls. Well-labeled trail. Multiple trail options. Lake.
Cons: 
Big crowds. Muddy in wet weather.
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Region:
North Cascades, WA
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Washington Discover Pass
Total Distance: 
11.00 mi (17.70 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
1,800 ft (549 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
1,400 ft (427 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking, Biking
Trail type: 
Loop
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Wallace Lake and the three falls along the North Fork of the Wallace River are very popular destinations for outdoor enthusiasts in the Seattle area, and if you don’t mind a little company, the lake and falls are well worth the effort. The trail network is named for Greg Ball, a lead organizer in the Washington Trails Association, and all of the trails are very well maintained by volunteers.

Begin your hike by walking through a power line clearing with views of Mount Index and Baring Mountain in the distance. The trail enters the forest and leads to a small waterfall just a few minutes into the trek. Woody Trail splits off of the main trail a half mile into the hike, the first of many options you will have along the route. Follow the trail along the Wallace River until you reach the Wallace Lake Trail. This route receives slightly less traffic than the Woody Trail hike, and you won’t have to deal with the switchbacks that lead to the upper falls.

There are several camping areas near Wallace and Jay lakes if you have the time to spend in this tranquil area. From Wallace Lake, continue on the trail to the upper falls, where you will no doubt find some crowds to accompany the great views.

The trek between the middle and upper falls involves a 1,300-foot elevation gain through several switchbacks. This may be too strenuous for kids, and many visitors opt to stop at the lower falls. The lower falls has an overlook and a sheltered picnic area. It is approximately a half mile from the lower falls to the middle falls, where you will find the best panoramic views of the valley.

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