Wallace Falls State Park

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Wallace Falls State Park
Map showing the location of Wallace Falls State Park
Map showing the location of Wallace Falls State Park
Location Snohomish County, Washington, USA
Nearest city Gold Bar, WA
Coordinates 47°52′14″N 121°39′14″W / 47.87056°N 121.65389°W / 47.87056; -121.65389Coordinates: 47°52′14″N 121°39′14″W / 47.87056°N 121.65389°W / 47.87056; -121.65389
Area 4,735 acres (19.16 km2)
Governing body Washington State Park System
The middle of three falls from the trail.

Wallace Falls State Park is a 4,735-acre (19.16 km2) Washington State Park with shoreline on the Wallace River, Wallace Lake, Jay Lake, Luis Lake, Shaw Lake and the Skykomish River. Trails connect all of these areas. Big Eddy State Park is a satellite park of Wallace Falls State Park, located 5 miles (8.0 km) to the east on Highway 2 outside the town of Gold Bar. Fishing and river rafting is located at Big Eddy on the Skykomish River. Wallace Falls State Park also manages the historic fire lookout tower located on top of Mount Pilchuck.

Location[edit]

Located on the west side of the Cascade Mountains, 2 miles (3.2 km) northeast of Gold Bar, Washington on the Wallace River.

Features[edit]

The park features viewing of three sets of falls along the Wallace River, including the 265-foot Wallace Falls. Also in the park are old-growth coniferous forests, fast-moving rivers and streams, and four back-country lakes. Cougars have been sighted several times near Wallace Falls, and peregrine falcons inhabit the rock cliffs of the nearby Index Town Wall.

The Falls[edit]

There are three falls within the park. The first is Upper Wallace Falls, which can't be viewed in entirety, dropping 240 feet (73 m) in five separate tiers.[1] Shortly below it is the highlight of the park, 367-foot (112 m) Wallace Falls which falls in three sections - the largest of which drops 265 feet (81 m) and can be seen from the Skykomish Valley.[2][3] The falls viewpoint is often crowded with people wanting to view the falls. Downstream is Lower Wallace Falls, dropping 212 feet (65 m) in five tiers. [4][5]

Camping[edit]

The park has two walk-in tent sites and one restroom. There are no showers. The camping sites are 50 to 150 feet (46 m) in from the parking area. There are only two walk-in campsites. There are five new cabins now located near the parking lot. The cabins have no showers or cooking utilities inside. Sites are not very private and located near the 109 parking lot stalls. Picnic tables and campfire rings are located at the campsites and around the parking area. The two campsites are first-come, first-served. The five cabins have to be reserved.

Local History[edit]

The lake, falls and mounts are named "Wallace," after the name "Kwayaylsh." Joe and Sarah Kwayaylsh, members of the Skykomish tribe, were the first homesteaders in the area.

Visible in the park is evidence of logging, including railroad trestle ruins, old railroad grades and springboard notches in old stumps.

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