Seattle: Wallace Lake

During this 8.4-mile hike, you'll see lush moss, forest wildflowers, rushing rivers, and roaring waterfalls on your way to a low-elevation lake.
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Mapped by Alan Bauer

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.8



Location: 47.8667373657227, -121.678215026855

Head SE from parking area; follow DNR service road under power lines


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Just after entering trees, leave graded road and turn R. Descend on Woody Trail to Wallace River; watch for tangles of moss, ferns, western trillium, and yellow violets


Location: 47.8678512573242, -121.67211151123

Continue on Woody Trail. On L, a nature trail built by an Eagle Scout leads to a stunning waterfall


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Pass trail on L leading back to RR grade; stay straight, enjoy views of mossy maple trees and rushing Wallace River


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Reach another cutoff trail. Before turning N here, continue 100 yds. downhill to see N. Fork Wallace River from footbridge. Back on cutoff trail, climb in 2nd-growth forest


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Turn R with RR grade; continue 200 yds. to its end. Pick up newly built Greg Ball Trail


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After gaining elevation, listen to N. Fork Wallace River's roaring waterfalls


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Peek @ river through trees


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Break for better views of N. Fork Wallace River; watch for American dippers zooming along water. Trail gets muddy ahead


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Reach DNR road; turn R @ road and continue toward Wallace Lake


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Just before bridge @ river, go L onto signed trail entering forest and hike old overgrown road?last stretch to Wallace Lake


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Wallace Lake (acccessible nearly all year). Explore W along DNR road for beach access, wildlife viewing, then head back