Wallace Falls State Park
14503 Wallace Lake Rd, Gold Bar, WA 98251
A rewarding family hike outside of Seattle.
Plan a memorable excursion to the beautiful falls at Wallace Falls State Park.
Wallace Falls is a state park, and it's just a short ride from downtown Seattle. The full 4.4-mile trail will lead you to breathtaking Wallace Falls from three different viewpoints. While you can take the view in with kids of all ages, the full hike is not recommended for children under 4 years old. Most groups with small children just hike to the first viewpoint where you can feel the spray from the falls and stop for a picnic at the covered tables. The view from the first level alone is worth the trip. That said, while passing the first viewpoint gets more challenging with a 1,404 ft rise in elevation, I would say the second point has the best views of all. This trail is wonderful for differing skill levels as you can easily gauge where the difficulty increases, with clearly marked signage, and an easy to follow path so you can navigate your children's comfort as you progress.
Wildlife is abundant in Wallace Falls, and what seems like a thousand birds will sing to you as you climb. An additional bonus is that signage at the trailhead will educate you on what types of animals you might see, and how to keep their home safe, and clean.
Parking does require either a Discover Pass ($35 at local retailers) or a $10 daily parking charge, so visiting is not free. There are accessible bathrooms at the trailhead, but the trail itself is not accessible for strollers, or wheelchairs. You’ll see plenty of folks up to the first or second viewpoint with children in carriers, and leashed dogs are welcome.
A visit to Wallace Falls is a great way to spend an active day making memories with family and friends - it is certainly one not to be missed.