I haven't always been into hiking, but ever since my first big hike, Havasupai, I've been hooked! There's something about putting one foot in front of the other, following the path between trees, with a beautiful goal up ahead that I really just love! The silence, the serenity, the lack of distractions- it's an addition I've tried to make to as many of my trips as I can!
If you've been keeping up, I recently moved from Texas to California, and then not long after, to Seattle. If there's one thing I love about my new home, besides the beautiful view of the Pacific from my office, it's all the amazing nature nearby. I recently started adventuring in my new neck of the woods, and found the Wallace Falls Trail.
It's a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out-and-back trail located near Gold Bar, Washington that features a beautiful waterfall. It's a "moderate" hike, which means it gets your heart rate up but you don't have to have much experience or be a professional athlete to complete it. If you like to hike in the rain, it's a great year-round trail, but it's best between April-November. It's a dog friendly trail too, so if you have a pup, you can bring him along on a leash!
Elevation gain: 1,404 feet
Route Type: In and Out
It's a popular trail, and we came across other hikers along the way, but it's clean and maintained really well thanks in part to maintenance from WTA.There's a picnic spot about 3 miles in, and a lot of people stop there and turn back. However, if you hike the next mile, you'll get to see all of the upper falls and a lookout to the valley, which is really beautiful, and kind of the point if you ask me! One of the things I really loved about this particular hike is that it was beautiful the whole way. Sometimes when hiking through the woods, the trees are really enclosing, making it hard to see much until you get to the pretty view at the end (in this case, the waterfalls!). But the Wallace Falls trail follows has beautiful views of the Skykomish River valley and the Olympic Mountains. I had never been particularly interested in the Pacific Northwest before moving here, but it's so impressively beautiful and untouched.
I'm only starting to get to know Seattle and the surrounding areas, but if Wallace Falls is a good example of the hiking opportunities available around here, then I'll feel right at home! Check out some of my other favorite hikes on my Wandering Heart blog!