Even though we have taken a few hikes since January most of the outdoor activities have been skiing instead of hiking until now. This week we went to Wallace Falls State Park near Gold Bar, Washington. Bob classifies this as an “easy” hike but the signs and the books say “moderate” difficulty. The round trip was about 5.2 miles with approximately 800 feet elevation gain. We saw the Small Falls, the Lower Falls, and the Middle Falls, but did not climb up to the top of the Upper Falls. The long waterfall cascades down in three sections with the upper falls dropping about 265 feet and can be seen from the valley below.
View from Middle Falls
The trees were moss covered
Someone had built this small cairn along side the trail
This odd looking tree growing out of another tree caught our eyes
There were a few wooden bridges crossing the river
The river as seen from the bridge
One of several viewing platforms along the way
The three trail systems that wind through the forest are the Woody Trail, the old railroad grade, and the Greg Ball trail. We went up the Woody Trail and returned via the old railroad grade trail, which was longer but less steep. The railroad bed is open to mountain bikes but we only saw 3 bikers and one skateboarder.
Black tailed deer on the Railroad Grade
Some wildflowers were just beginning to put forth buds and blooms. As per usual we stopped frequently to take photos and rest so it took us longer than most to make the round trip. We did see two black tailed deer and a few birds.
Yellow Wood or Stream Violets