Wallace Falls State Park

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Wallace Falls State Park

Washington

(360) 902-8844

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Overview

The Wallace Falls State Park Management Area is a 4,735-acre camping park with shoreline on the Wallace River, Wallace Lake, Jay Lake, Shaw Lake and the Skykomish River. Located on the west side of the Cascade Mountains, the park features a 265-foot waterfall, old-growth coniferous forests, and fast- moving rivers and streams. Cougars have been sighted several times near Wallace Falls, and peregrine falcons inhabit the rock cliffs of the Index Town Wall. The scenery is outstanding in this park, which includes numerous waterfalls, three back-country lakes and a river. Wallace Falls drops from a height of 265 feet. The park offers a rock-climbing wall eight miles east near Index. Atop Mount Pilchuck, 60 miles away, a fire lookout provides a spectacular, panoramic view. Swimming access is five miles east at Big Eddy. The lake, falls and mounts are named "Wallace," after the name "Kwayaylsh." Joe and Sarah Kwayaylsh, members of the Skykomish tribe, were the first homesteaders in the area. Mount Pilchuck, managed by Wallace Falls State Park, is approximately 50 miles north of Wallace Falls and features a historic fire lookout. Mount Pilchuck features a series of interpretive panels that explain the history of the lookout and the names of the surrounding peaks. Wallace Falls State Park offers a one-quarter mile interpretive trail.

Map of Wallace Falls (WA)

Latitude, Longitude: 47.871028, -121.659150

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Activities

  • Boating

    There is a boat ramp at Big Eddy (a satellite park five miles east) for put-in or take-out on the Skykomish river.

  • Bicycling

    There are five miles of bike trails throughout the park.

  • Camping

    The park has two walk-in tent sites and one restroom. There are no showers. The camping sites are 20 to 50 feet in from the parking area. Sites are very private, with picnic tables and campfire rings. All campsites are first come, first served.

    The park also has five reservable cabins, one pet-friendly. Year-round reservations for the cabins are available.

  • Climbing

    Rock climbing is possible at the Index Town Wall, 12 miles east of Wallace Falls.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is popular at Big Eddy, a satellite park five miles east.

  • Hiking

    There are 12 miles of trails close to Wallace Falls. Also, a variety of mountain-climbing and winter activities are available for experienced hikers and outdoor enthusiasts at Mount Pilchuck, 60 miles northwest of the park.

  • Picnicking

    The park provides two kitchen shelters without electricity, plus five sheltered and five unsheltered picnic tables. Both are available first-come, first-served. Picnic tables are all first come, first served. The park is extremely busy on summer days. Parking usually fills by 11:00 a.m. on the weekends.

  • Water Sports

    Rafting, white-water kayaking, canoeing and swimming are popular at Big Eddy, a satellite park five miles east.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowshoeing during the winter is a popular activity on the trails around Wallace Falls.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open year- round for campers and day users. For day use the park is open from 8 a.m. to dusk. Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Directions

Driving

Located two miles northeast of Gold Bar, Wash. in Snohomish County.

From the west: Take U.S. Hwy. 2 (Steven's Pass Highway) east 12 miles from Monroe to Gold Bar. Once in Gold Bar, follow the signs two miles northeast to the park.

From the east: Take U.S. Hwy. 2 west about 43 miles from the summit of Steven's pass to the town of Gold Bar. From town, follow the signs two miles northeast to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(360) 902-8844

Campground reservations

(888) 226-7688

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