Distance: 5.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Pass: Discover Pass
After struggling to think of an appropriate hike for a potentially rainy day, I decided on Wallace Falls State Park for a multiple-waterfall treat! I have to say that the real treat is the Middle Falls. We did see all three Lower/Middle/Upper falls, but we both agreed that we could’ve stopped after the middle one and have been satisfied. My curiosity and drive for an accomplishment prevented us from stopping there and I was thankful that we got to see what it offered.
Don’t miss the overlook near the Middle falls— It provides the best scenery with a panoramic view of the Skykomish River valley and the distant Olympic Mountains.
Proceeding from Everett on Hwy 2, approach the city of Gold Bar. Turn left onto 1st Street, then drive .4 miles and take a right onto May Creek Rd (there will be Wallace Falls signage for both turns). Snake your way up May Creek Rd for 1.3 miles until you reach a Y-junction. Right will take you into Camp Huston, so proceed left and drive up a short path into the Wallace Falls State Park parking lot. The lot is spacious, but can easily fill up on the weekends as the park is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. There are bathroom facilities just off the parking lot and also on the trail (just a quick .2 mile detour at the 1.5 mile marker on the Woody trail). The hours of operation for the park are 8 a.m.-dusk. The information kiosk should have a clock clearing labeling sunset as reference for hikers heading out. A Discover Pass is required for visitors but can be purchased at a dispenser in the Wallace Falls parking lot.