Interconnecting hiking and biking trails crisscross Wallace Falls State Park, which, given their low elevation, are hikeable year round. The highlight of the park is its series of magnificent waterfalls along the Wallace River, collectively grouped as Lower, Middle, and Upper Wallace Falls. Except for specific vantage points and an unfortunate clear-cut on adjoining Department of Natural Resources land, the trails are completely ensconced in dense, moss-laden. second-growth forest. In mid-winter, the low-arcing sun seems ever rising or setting and never quite breaches the shadowy mountain forests and folds that hedge the trails. However, the falls are at their picturesque peak in winter and spring when abundant rainfall and snowmelt swell the plunging Wallace River.
Although all the park’s trails provide varied access to Wallace Falls and Wallace Lake, the two hiking-only trails provide the most direct access to each: the Woody Trail to the top of the falls and the Greg Ball Trail to the lake. Joined by the Upper Grade, a section of gravel road open to both hikers and bikers, the Woody and Greg Ball trails can also be hiked as a loop that encompasses both the falls and lake (including the side trail to the far end of the lake, where the view is best). To help navigate the many trail junctions, be sure to download or print the park map from the Washington State Parks site above before setting out. Do note that, although short, the Woody Trail climbs quite steeply to the top of the falls. Resist temptation to venture off trail or to cross the wooden barriers at overlooks, as the river’s precipitous gorge just beyond has proven deadly. Given the Woody Trail’s relative ease of access, it is also quite popular year-round; however, the Greg Ball Trail, Upper Grade, and other park trails provide a balanced respite from the crowds.
The trails are named in honor of men who supported trail construction and maintenance: Senator Frank Woody and Greg Ball.