Washington Nature, State Parks April 20, 2016
If You Live In Washington, You Must Visit This Amazing State Park
We have 186 state parks total across Washington, but Wallace Falls is by far one of the most spectacular. It features some of the most scenic trails for hikers of all skill levels, as well as rushing rivers, lakes, cabins, and a dreamy 265-foot waterfall.
You can find this huge state park a few miles east of Gold Bar, on the west side of the Cascades. During the spring, it's the perfect place to go for an easy hike out to see some gorgeous waterfalls, camping, fishing, or even just out for a picnic.
Of course, the most popular (and rewarding) thing to do around here is hike out to see the falls. It's a pretty easy 2-mile trek out to see the Lower Falls, and only 1/3 of a mile further to the Middle Falls.
If you're looking for more of a challenge, you can even continue on after that to see the Upper Falls. While you're following along the Wallace River, you'll cross over a number of bridges that span the rushing water and its tributaries.
Because the park lies on the shoreline of two rivers and three lakes, water activities are endless in the area. About five miles east, a satellite park known as Big Eddy is a popular haven for fishing, white water rafting, kayaking and swimming.
After you're about two miles in, you'll come across the gorgeous Lower Falls (pictured here). It plunges 212 feet over five tiers along the Wallace River.
You won't want to turn around just yet. About a 1/3 mile upstream, you'll be able to see the most heavenly attraction in the whole park. The Middle Wallace Falls drops 265 feet in three tiers, and almost looks like something out of a storybook.
Here's the viewpoint to see the Middle Falls. It's a perfect place to stop and catch your breath, while admiring the sweeping views of the falls and Skykomish Valley down below.
With camping season now in full swing, Wallace Falls offers a cozy, rustic place to stay overnight. The park has two private tent sites available (that are first come, first serve), as well as five cabins that you can reserve out in the woods, just off the Woody Trail. Each of the private cabins are complete with log furniture, bunk beds (for about three people), as well as a fire pit and a BBQ.
Even if you aren't up for hiking out to the falls, there's still plenty to love about this park. Their covered & non-covered picnic tables are the perfect place to sit and enjoy lunch, and the scenery makes it for a paradise for photographers.
Isn’t this Washington state park just beautiful? Have you been to Wallace Falls before?