Wallace Falls State Park

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Wallace Falls State Park
Washington State Park
Wallace Falls State Park — Middle Wallace Falls.jpg
The middle falls viewed from the trail
Country United States
State Washington
County Snohomish
Elevation 955 ft (291 m) [1]
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 [1]
Area 4,735 acres (1,916 ha)
Established Unspecified
Management Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Location in the state of Washington
Wikimedia Commons: Wallace Falls State Park
Website: Wallace Falls State Park

Wallace Falls State Park is a 4,735-acre (19.16 km2) Washington state park located on the west side of the Cascade Mountains, 2 miles (3.2 km) northeast of Gold Bar on the Wallace River. The park features three waterfalls, old-growth coniferous forests, fast-moving rivers and streams, and four backcountry lakes: Wallace, Jay, Luis, and Shaw. The name "Wallace" is a corruption of the last name of Joe and Sarah Kwayaylsh, members of the Skykomish tribe, who were the first homesteaders in the area.[2] Visible in the park is evidence of logging, including railroad trestle ruins, old railroad grades, and springboard notches in old stumps.

Waterfalls[edit]

There are three falls within the park. The first is Upper Wallace Falls, which cannot be viewed in its entirety, dropping 240 feet (73 m) in five separate tiers.[3] 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.[4][5] The falls' viewpoint is often crowded with people viewing the falls. Downstream is Lower Wallace Falls, which drops 212 feet (65 m) in five tiers. [6][7]

Activities and amenities[edit]

The park has 12 miles (19 km) of hiking trails 5 miles (8.0 km) of biking trails. Fishing and river rafting are available at a satellite site, Big Eddy, located five miles east on the Skykomish River.[2] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wallace Falls State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b "Wallace Falls State Park". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Upper Wallace Falls". Northwest Waterfall Survey. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Middle Wallace Falls". Aaron's Waterfall World. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Wallace Falls". Northwest Waterfall Survey. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Lower Wallace Falls". Aaron's Waterfall World. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Lower Wallace Falls". Northwest Waterfall Survey. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 

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