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Wallace Falls
   Snohomish County, Washington

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Wallace Falls is one of the most well known waterfalls in the North Cascades. The falls plunge 265 feet into a large amphitheater before regrouping and dropping over additional tiers of 81 and 25 feet (the last one can't be seen from the trail, however). From the main overlook of the falls, the trail continues up above to the top of the falls to a spectacular vista out over the Skykomish River valley and then on to Upper Wallace Falls, and Wallace Lake. The Wallace River drains a respectable area, but because it is largely lowland area and there aren't any Lakes or Glaciers feeding the river, the volume of the river drops substantially in the summer and fall. The falls can be distantly seen from U.S. 2 from around 5 miles away! I suggest coming on a weekday, as the trail is often very crowded on weekends (especially in the summer).

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Wallace Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.

The falls, river and lake were named after Sarah Kwayaylsh, a native of the Skykomish tribe who homesteaded in the area. Obviously the name was slaughtered by white settlers and contorted to fit their best pronunciation.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

moderate access

Drive from Monroe along U.S. 2 to Gold Bar, and turn North at the sign for Wallace Falls State Park. The trailhead is about 2 miles further. The first 1/4 mile of the hike is very boring. Following under a power line clearing, you can hear the popping of the electricity flowing through the wires. Just as the trail enters the woods, the trails split. The left fork follows an old railroad grade to the first viewpoint and Lower Wallace Falls in 2 1/2 miles, and the right fork traverses the woods to the first viewpoint and Lower Wallace Falls in 1 3/4 miles. They both intersect just before the lower falls. The best view is a quick 1/3 mile further up the trail, where on a windy spring day you might even catch the spray from the falls. Continue another 4/10 mile to the vista atop the falls.

Latitude

47.87391 N

Longitude

-121.64944 W

Elevation

1288 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Gold Bar 7 1/2"

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OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

Name

Distance

Upper Wallace Falls

0.381 miles

Lower Wallace Falls

0.543 miles

North Fork Wallace Falls

1.404 miles

Lower Stickney Ridge Fall...

2.521 miles

Stickney Ridge Falls

2.672 miles

May Creek Falls

2.877 miles

Isabel Falls

3.63 miles

Upper Olney Falls

4.731 miles

Olney Falls

5.092 miles

Stickney Falls

6.366 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

67.56

IWC

3.27  (Class 4)

RATING

75.35 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

367 feet

Tallest Drop

265 feet

Num. Drops

3

AVG. Width

30 feet

Pitch

81 degrees

Run

300 feet

Primary Form

Tiered Plunges

 

Watershed

Skykomish River

Stream

Wallace River

AVG. Volume

150.0 cfs

Source

Runoff

Seasonality

Best Flows

Winter - Spring

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

Jul 29, 2011

Added a picture(s) of this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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