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.