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Wallace Falls State Park

Central Cascades

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WTA Member



Hiked Feb 15, 2014

Type of Hike

Day hike
Our group planned a child-friendly outing, and Wallace Falls worked out well. It also turned out to be a good choice for a rainy day hike, as well. Rain had been predicted, but inclement weather stayed away for most of the hike. Above the middle falls overlook, snow was falling, but otherwise we stayed pretty dry. We started at 10:45 am, with a half-empty parking lot. Unusual for this state park. I guess the weather forecast kept folks away. The trail was in great condition. A lot of loving trailwork, most notably steps and turnpikes, has been accomplished, which resulted in a trail that stayed dry and in great condition despite recent rains. The falls were running robustly due to the precipitation. Views included the Skykomish River valley, as well as occasional peek-a-boo glimpses of Mt. Stickney. We went all the way to the "top," i.e., the upper falls overlook, where we decided to turn back because the youngest members of our group (4 and 12) were acting a touch whiny. I was agitating to go up to the old logging road and enjoy the river above the falls, but I was out-voted. Perhaps next time. We got back to the parking lot at 2:15 pm. We never had the trail to ourselves, but folks were genial, and we had an unqualified wonderful time.