We wanted to get out on the trail but didn’t really want to go very far. Wallace Falls is a state park just outside of the town of Gold Bar on the way to Stevens Pass. It took about 1 hour to get from door to trail head.
The trail starts along a powerline right way. At the end is a gorgeous view of Mt. Index. The trail turns inland and drops down to the river. It is dark and damp – full of drippy moss. The river was roaring. After crossing a couple of side streams, the trail starts to climb. After a bit, there is a shelter and lower falls. This is your first view of the middle falls. The middle falls drops 265 feet. The trail continues to climb until it comes to the middle falls viewpoint. But don’t stop here. Continue up to the top of the middle falls where there is a great overview of Skykomish valley. It is about 2 miles from the trail head and 1,000ft elevation. You can continue on for another half mile to the upper falls but we decided to turn around. It took us about 3 hours to do the 4 miles round trip. Nice easy trail for a winter hike.