Wallace Falls State Park was created in 1975 and contains 4,735 acres of land. Nine waterfalls, old-growth forest, rivers, lakes, and streams can be found within. The park is named after the Kwayaylsh family, who were members of the Skykomish tribe and reportedly the first homesteaders in the area. It is not entirely evident how the name “Wallace” was derived from “Kwayaylsh”, though the two words do sound close enough when you say them out loud. Try it. Ok, good warm-up. It's trail time.
The trail is 2.8 miles long with 1,300 feet of elevation gain. Begin beneath the open sky and power lines before heading into the forest. At half a mile you'll reach a gate. Stay right for the Woody Trail to Wallace Falls. The trail to the left is an alternate, mixed-use path that leads to Wallace Lake and can be taken as your return route for a partial loop. Follow Woody Trail along Wallace River to the Lower Falls at two miles. From here you can catch a glimpse of Middle Falls – your next destination - in the distance.