Wallace Falls State Park is all about the waterfalls. Located within 50 miles of Seattle, Wallace Falls can be reached in an hour when driving conditions are ideal. The park's accessibility makes it extremely popular – especially on summer weekends. Fortunately the falls are available year-round and a great choice for every season. But the best time to hike here is early morning, on weekdays, and during wetter months when everyone else is sleeping, working, or in hibernation. Flows are strongest in winter and spring, too. We visited on a Wednesday in December when the nearly empty parking lot, dusting of snow on the ground, and crisp, sunny weather combined to make for the perfect early-winter hike.
Middle Wallace Falls plunges 265 feet down, down, down – the highest drop in the park. Once you've seen the main show, climb the steep half-mile to a nice overlook of the Skykomish Valley. This sunny, open area provides a nice break from the woods and a great lunch spot. We took a burrito break before continuing up the final push to Upper Falls. Gaining 500 feet in half a mile, this is the steepest section of the trail. But it's worth the effort. The trail transformed into a winter wonderland as we climbed above 1,000 feet. Decorated with frost and icicles, Upper Falls did not disappoint. So next time you're looking for a quick winter warmer, give Wallace Falls a go. Cheers!
For additional photos and stats on our hike, check out our tracks on Ramblr!