Wallace Falls - TRAIL

Wallace Falls - Trail, Gold Bar, Washington

Lots of variety on this ride. Starts ot as a wide easy multi-use trail for the first 1.5 miles then narrows to single track but not to difficult. At about 2 miles it turns into some pretty decent technical sections for about .5 miles. At 2.5 miles you open up onto about 2 miles of clear cut area that gives great views of the Skykomish River Valley and then dives back into the woods. At about 6 miles you end up at Wallace Lake, a clean clear hikers/bikers only accessible lake! From the lake various trails branch of to Wallace Falls and some fine mountain views.

User Reviews (12)

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Arnold   Weekend Warrior [May 23, 2007]

Just rode it with my wife this past Saturday. The ride is a constant, but steady uphill for about 7 miles to the lake. Only one short section I had to walk, because it was too steep and filled with rocks, but I also had 30 lbs hanging on my back, with all the things we needed for the day. The current condition of the trail is fine, with some small and rare puddles of mud, which are always fun!!! I love mud. Scenery and views are nice. The Wallace Lake is a very secluded, quiet area, and offers some fishing, which we of course did once we got there. It took about 3-4 hours to get up there from parking lot, with taking lots of time to stop and enjoy the views. The ride down was fun, but could be better. The singletrack parts of the trail were the best. Ride down is about 30-40 minutes if you go non-stop. Oh, and you basically don't see anyone on this trail, especially if you go 1-2 miles away from the parking lot.

Customer Service

Drive to Gold Bar on Hwy 2, then when in town, just follow the signs to the park. Park at the Wallace Falls State Park parking lot. The trail starts near the restrooms, you'll see it. Then when you come to a fork, take the left. There'll be another fork later on, and take left again.

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4
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3
Igor Rozanski   Weekend Warrior [Feb 19, 2007]

I rode it to the Lake and back. I was expecting it to be very muddy but it wasn't at all (as for February). There is around 1500 feet elevation gain to the Lake on over 6 miles distance. Practically up hill all the way. Then down hill all the way back. Not my favorite, I prefer many hills on the trail. Nothing spectacular but good training ride. What I liked was the different kinds of trails. From smooth gravel roads to very bumpy and sleepery single track. Nice views. I'll go there again someday to get to the falls.

Customer Service

There is no choice.

Similar Products Used: Lord Hill Park. I recommend it only because it's close to South Everett/Mill Creek area. Around 7 mile loop on easy wide trail.
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3
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3
Matt N.   [Apr 15, 1999]

DNR has resumed logging on the gravel roads that you must travel for a few miles. VERY sketchy!

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3
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Joe   [Jun 12, 1999]

Great exercise ride. Not alot of technical stuff. Beutiful view at Wallace lake and at the falls.

Customer Service

It's an in and out route.

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Paul   [Dec 03, 1999]

this can be a very fast trail and also a very muddy ride, depending on the season.

Customer Service

from the trailhead, up the railroad grade trail, use the cutoff to the logging road. up and more up to the lake and then back down

Similar Products Used: you can also access this trail from Kellog lake road at the east end of Startup. it is all logging road but with great hills and lots of view.
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nick   [Sep 14, 2000]

Good ride i rode this on a schwinn moad disc but all my friends had full suspention bikes, i made it down just as fast as them but i got a flat:( the climb was not to hard, it is an awsome place to train and ride. Once i get my GT Rukus i will be out busting this trail every weekend. Ride hard!!! later

Customer Service

from the state parking lot ride up the hiking trail for 2 miles after that the trail turnes steeper and is skechier, once you make it to a gravel road do not go down keep going up for about another 4-5 miles to wallace lake. Once you get to the lake go right and go to wallace river or falls and cross it, depending on the time of the year the river might be to hight to cross but if you can you are in for a great ride. Once you get across the river start heading down hill you will get a little speed on some large gravel logging roads for about a mile and a half, once those end keep heading down it gets flat for a bout a mile then the real fun starts after you pass about 3-5 1-2 foot drops and some steep downhills you will be in ritter pit!!! You will see a really large fallen log about 8 feet of the ground annd you can either go right or left hint: if you go left you dont have to climb and you get to do a little bit more freeriding. once you get to the bottom you will want to cross a small bridge over a little river from then on just follow the gravel roads to ritter road. then do it again!!!! the whole route is 20 miles 10 up hill 10 downhill.

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4
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Brian   [Jan 15, 2001]

im verry disapointed . loging has resumed and one of the only pieces of single track has turned into a 16 ft.wide loging road , but its ok cause the park system up ther never has done a verry good job . the northbend ranger district should hang ther heads in shame

Customer Service

thers only one way

Similar Products Used: i can not recomend the middle fork snoqualme trail that was built with multi use trail funds . ITS CLOSED dont forget to thank the north bend ranger district and the siara club. thanks to people and groops like theese we might not get to ride ever again SQEEKIE WHEEL GETS THE GREASE
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Dan Lowder   [Apr 15, 2001]

This trail really sucks for the biker. I tried to get to the falls and most of the way there it cuts off for bikers. You can get to the lake on the bike but there are just to many regulations to follow. The best thing about this trail is there are girls all over the place to look at. *smile*

Customer Service

Start up to the lake

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Chris   [May 30, 2001]

At one time this was a great ride. Wallace Lake and the surrounding area are very scenic. Parking lot to the top of the falls and back is twenty miles with a good elevation gain. It made for a good training ride.

About two years ago they started logging the 2 1/2 mile section between the lake and the falls. This was a kick ass section of old railway bed that had become single track. Now most of it is rip rap (softball-sized rock). Although this road section to the falls has a "no trespassing" sign posted at each end, it appears to be widely ignored.

About 1/4 mile from the top of the falls a side track takes off to the northeast. This goes along a section of river above the falls and is in the process of being reclaimed by mountain bikers. Try it out. It ends about a mile upriver where a bridge or large culvert washed out many years ago. The river there can be easily crossed mid-summer and the abandon road continued on the far side the the extent it has not become too over-grown.

The trip back to the parking lot rocks. It's about seven miles of downhill including the last two od single/double track. Be careful on the last section from the hiker only intersection with the map display back to the trail head. This has extremely heavy foot traffic latter in the morning and worse in the afternoon. Beware of little old ladies and they're poodles!

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2
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Leafblower   [Jun 11, 2001]

I rode this trail because I was in the area and I figured what the heck even though some people had given it a lowly 1 star rating. Let's get something straight up front, a 1 star trail is a whole heck of a lot better than a zero star trail which is the rating for sitting at home thinking about going riding.

So diminished expectations made this a lot of fun. A nice climb on a wide path, yes, half of it is a switch backed road through clearcut, but all in all just fine. And there was a destination, an actual lake, as opposed to riding around on a trail all day and then getting in the car. The ride down was great. So no real rolling single track but a nice out-in-the-woods experience nonetheless.

Went back again a few days later on a Saturday. The parking lot was jammed and settlers down the road sold parking for $2, but once out on the trail it was basically deserted. Compare and contrast to Tiger Mountain on a weekend which has more people and testosterone than a crowded locker room. Don't waste your time.

Still searching for the right combo of distance from the city, a nice ride and not too many people.

Customer Service

Up and back.

Similar Products Used: St. Edwards for city folk who want regular practice without the drive (you can ride out there even).
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3
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