Wallace Falls State Park
Washington is known around the world for its forests, lakes and waterfalls, and not many places showcase these icons as majestically as Wallace Falls State Park.
A hiker's paradise, Wallace Falls offers 12 miles of glorious foot trails. Let your feet (or snowshoes) take you up the Wallace River to powerful Wallace Falls, with its three tiers of water rushing over rock and timber. Along the way, climb the trail to the lower, middle and upper viewpoints, and watch the waterfall tumble into the clear pools below. Up for a longer hike? Either head down an old logging road, or follow the Greg Ball Trail over several miles and junctures to Wallace and Jay lakes.
Have gear and craving more fresh air? Stay overnight in one of two private first-come first-served, walk-in tent sites, or reserve one of the park's five comfy cabins. Backpacking equipment, stamina and a permit from park staff open other exciting options: two lakes, 5 and 6 miles from the trailhead, offer quiet backcountry camping.
Wallace Falls State Park is a 1,380-acre camping park with shoreline on the Wallace River, Wallace Lake, Jay Lake and Shaw Lake. Located on the west side of the Cascades, the park features a 265-foot waterfall, old-growth coniferous forests and fast-moving rivers and streams. The area offers a rock-climbing wall 8 miles east near Index. Swimming access is 5 miles east at Big Eddy along the Skykomish River.
Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass.
Please note: Parking is limited at Wallace Falls. Please see the fact sheet (PDF) for details.
- Hiking trail
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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.
- 12 miles of hiking trails
- 5 miles of biking trails
Water activities & features
- Freshwater fishing
- White-water kayaking
Other activities & features
- Bird watching
- Mountain biking
- Mountain climbing
- Rock climbing
- Snow play
- Wildlife viewing
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.
- 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
- Good socks and footwear
- Printable park brochure (PDF).
There is a boat ramp at Big Eddy, a satellite park five miles east, for put-in or take-out on the Skykomish River.
The park has two walk-in tent sites and two restrooms close by. There are two showers that campers can use, however, fees are required. The camping sites are 20 to 50 feet in from the parking area. Sites are very private, with picnic tables and campfire rings. Both campsites are first come, first served.
Backcountry camping: Overnight permits are required for Jay Lake and Wallace Lake. Please call the park office to acquire a permit prior to arrival at 360-793-0420. There is a maximum of 5 persons per campsite. Camp only at designated campsites.
The five cabins at Wallace Falls State Park are within walking distance of the Woody Trail, which provides access to Wallace Falls and Wallace Lake. Each cabin features a 6-foot covered front porch, picnic table, fire pit, barbecue stand, electric heat, lights, and locking doors. Each cabin is furnished with bunk beds that sleep three and a full-size futon bed for two. Two of the cabins have two rooms, and two of the cabins have a ramp that is ADA accessible. Pets are allowed in cabins 3 and 4 with a $15 (plus tax) pet fee per night. For more information, visit our cabins and yurts page.
Reservations & fees
Services & supplies
The park provides a pop machine with bottled water.