Wallace Falls State Park

The Wallace Falls State Park Management Area is a 4,735-acre camping park with shoreline on the Wallace River, Wallace Lake, Jay Lake, Shaw Lake, and the Skykomish River. Located on the west side of the Cascade Mountains, the park features a 265-foot waterfall, old-growth coniferous forests, and fast-moving rivers and streams. Opportunities to view local wildlife, include cougar near Wallace Falls, and peregrine falcons inhabit the rock cliffs of the Index Town Wall.

The scenery is outstanding in this park, which includes numerous waterfalls, three back-country lakes, and a river. Wallace Falls drops from a height of 265 feet. The park offers a rock-climbing wall eight miles east near Index. Swimming access is five miles east at Big Eddy.
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Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass.
  1. Activities
  2. Boating
  3. Camping
  4. Maps

ADA Amenities/Facilities


  • Campground
  • Hiking trail

Picnic & Day-Use Facilities

The park provides two kitchen shelters without electricity, plus five sheltered and five unsheltered picnic tables. Both are available first come, first served. Picnic tables are all first come, first served. The park is extremely busy on summer days. Parking usually fills by 11 a.m. on the weekends.

Activities


Trails


  • 12 miles of hiking trails
  • Five miles of biking trails

Water Activities & Features


  • Boating
  • Freshwater fishing
  • Swimming
  • White-water kayaking

Other Activities & Features


  • Amphitheater
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Rock climbing
  • Snow play
  • Snowshoeing
  • Wildlife viewing

Interpretive Opportunities


Mount Pilchuck, managed by Wallace Falls State Park, is approximately 50 miles north of Wallace Falls and features a historic fire lookout. Mount Pilchuck features a series of interpretive panels that explain the history of the lookout and the names of the surrounding peaks. Wallace Falls State Park offers a one-quarter mile interpretive trail.

Additional Information


  • Fishing, rafting, kayaking, canoeing and swimming are popular at Big Eddy, a satellite park five miles east.
  • A recreational license is required for fishing and shellfish harvesting at Washington State Parks. For regulations, fishing season information, or to purchase a recreational license, visit the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • Rock climbing is possible at the Index Town Wall, 12 miles east of Wallace Falls. A variety of mountain-climbing and winter activities are available for experienced hikers and outdoor enthusiasts at Mount Pilchuck, 60 miles northwest of the park. Be prepared for hiking by bringing proper gear, including:
    • Compass or GPS
    • Current map
    • Extra clothing
    • Flashlight
    • Food
    • Good socks and footwear
    • Water