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“Beautiful Waterfalls”

Wallace Falls State Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Gold Bar
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Owner description: This 4,700 acre park has excellent mountain views.
Bremerton, Washington
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71 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Beautiful Waterfalls”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

We hiked all the way to the Upper Falls this past Friday and it was pretty busy in spite of the rain. It was very beautiful! The trail is well marked but definitely stretches your legs once you get past the lower falls. We enjoyed the view from the lower and middle falls the best. If you don't want to go all the way to the top for bragging rights, you might not want to go because the trail is very rough and steep from the valley overlook (past middle falls). Use caution once you pass the lower falls if it is raining. The trail has lots of exposed tree roots and we saw several younger visitors tripping. It is a very beautiful hike and definitely a must hike for outdoor lovers.

Visited June 2014
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Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews
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“Great trails. Somewhat busy.”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

We went for a day hike to Wallace Falls (lower and upper) and then on to Wallace Lake. The trails are well kept and the view of the two falls and the lake were fantastic. In total, we ended up having a round trip of 10.5 miles and taking 5 hours. I noticed there were a lot of families out with kids and also lots of dogs on the lower trails (to the falls). So, if you are looking for solitude this might not be the best place on sunny weekends. If you are looking for an intermediate hike with nice views, this is a great park. The road trail to the lake was very empty but well kept.

Bathrooms on the trail and at the trail head were clean. Clean drinking water is also available at the trail hear. Discovery pass required for parking.

Visited June 2014
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Carl Junction, Missouri, United States
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Really enjoyable.”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

I wanted to doing some hiking near Seattle and Wallace Falls was only an hour away. If you want to do a nice 11 mile hike you could do what I did. Here's the route: Take the main trail (Woody Trail) up to it's termination at Upper Falls. You'll see a sign that clearly explains this is the end of the main trail and warns you not to go further unless you are prepared. Look beyond that sign for blue diamonds nailed to trees and follow them. This is a rough trail that goes about 0.2 miles and links into the trail to Wallace Lake. When the trails link you'll see a sign that points to the left. Wallace Lake is 2.3 miles from here, so follow the sign. Follow that DNR trail until you get to another sign that points to the right. Wallace Lake is 0.6 miles, but you'll want to go the other way, which will eventually take you to the Barr Trail. Take the Barr Trail and it will eventually link back into the Woody Trail and get you back to the parking lot. According to my pedometer it's about an 11 mile hike and takes you through a variety of terrain. There is a $10 day use fee for this park.

Visited May 2014
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Puyallup, Washington
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47 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Beautiful, even in the rain!”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

This state park is secluded and quiet. We stayed in one of the cabins and found it to be very cozy! A futon and a bunk with one twin on top and a double on the bottom comfortably accommodated the 4 of us. The cabin was decorated nicely and had a large round table; perfect for eating inside when the weather is wet. Each cabin has two sling chairs on the huge front porch, an elevated grill, a fire pit, and a picnic table. The hike up to the falls was beautiful but the hike to the middle falls is not recommended for people with asthma; it is very steep. That said, my husband and 16-year old daughter went all the way to the upper falls with no regrets. It was a difficult climb but they said it was well worth it. I suggest you start your hike early because by 10:00, the trails were very busy with friendly people, and by the time we got back down (at about 12:30), the parking lot was full. I was surprised to see so many dogs on the trail but we had no problems with barking, bad behavior, or 'issues' left behind. After dinner, we went for a 3-mile walk up the DNR Road; it was a very easy and quiet walk. We would have gone further with no problem but it was getting late and we had to turn around and go back to the cabin. Even in the rain, this was one of the best camping experiences we've had.

Visited May 2014
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San Diego, California
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91 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Enjoyable hike in the mountains”
Reviewed 3 January 2014

Got tired of the fog in Seattle so we found this place on the map and decided to go see it. We were so glad we did! This park mainly consists of a trail up a mountain along a fast moving river to get to Wallace Falls. There were three destinations - lower falls about 1.8 miles from the base, middle falls, and upper falls. The trail was very well maintained and easy to follow with a lot of signage along the way to keep you going in the right direction. The mossy forest was beautiful and there was a lookout halfway up with an amazing view of the mountains. We only made it to the lower falls but felt we got a very good workout that we really enjoyed. This is a hidden gem that I highly recommend to visitors and locals alike.

Visited January 2014
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