Photo by Liza Alley in Wallace Falls State Park
My husband and I just recently drove up to Gold Bar from Monroe to Wallace Falls State Park
The drive took approximately 24 min from Monroe to Wallace Falls in Gold Bar
Some quick facts, according to Washington’s State Parks:
Washington is known around the world for its forests, lakes and waterfalls, and not many places showcase these icons as majestically as Wallace Falls State Park.
It is also mentioned that Wallace Falls is…
A hiker's paradise
The park features include…
a 1,380-acre camping park with shoreline on the Wallace River, Wallace Lake, Jay Lake and Shaw Lake. Located on the west side of the Cascades, the park features a 265-foot waterfall, old-growth coniferous forests and fast-moving rivers and streams. The area offers a rock-climbing wall 8 miles east near Index. Swimming access is 5 miles east at Big Eddy along the Skykomish River.
When we got to the park, it wasn’t too crowded for a Sunday, and we bought a Washington State discover pass for only $30 vs. $10 for the day pass. The discover pass gives you access to all the Washington State parks for one year.
There are three sections on the hike: Lower Falls, middle and upper falls. We reached the upper falls, and that took us a little over 2 hours to get there. The round trip to hike from the bottom to the top was 3.5 hours, not counting the break times and the times to stop and look at the falls.
Photos by Liza Alley in Wallace Falls State Park
Wallace Falls is definitely a hidden gem. It is less than a 25 min commute from Monroe. And for all the people that like to do more than just hike, the park also offers water activities such as boating, freshwater fishing, and swimming.
Moving out to Monroe, a bit farther from the population centers of Seattle and Bellevue, may cause some to hesitate. However, for many, the proximity to beautiful aspects of the state, like the Wallace Falls State Park, is just what you may be looking for!
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