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Description - Wallace Falls State Park covers 1,400 acres with 6,300 feet of freshwater shoreline on Wallace River and Wallace Lake.

Park facilities include a 56-car parking lot, 5.5 miles of trail with scenic vistas, a trailside picnic shelter, campground picnic shelter, six walk-in tent sites and a comfort station. No facilities are available at Wallace Lake at this time.

Recreation - Hiking, nature study, tent camping, picnicking, jogging, freshwater fishing, berry picking, mushrooming and mountain biking are some of the activities enjoyed in the park.

Climate - The climate in this area is influenced by both the mountains and the bodies of water to the west. It is generally a mild and temperate marine climate. However, because it is not on the ocean, temperatures will fluctuate more than the coastal areas.

Winters are cool, cloudy and rainy. Maximum winter temperatures are in the low to high 40s with minimum temperatures in the mid 30s. Summers are warm and relatively dry with maximum and minimum temperatures in the low 70s and low 50s, respectively. This area averages 35 inches of precipitation per year.

Location - Wallace Falls State Park is located approximately 30 miles east of Everett and two miles northeast of Gold Bar off U.S. Highway 2 in eastern Snohomish County.

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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Bring your ear plugs. You will not enjoy a quiet camping experience even thow ranger (small "r") housing was on site. Hike was great! Camping was bad!

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: The campground was nice, the hike was nice. What WASN'T nice was the wild, all-night party complete with loud live band, strobe lights and a huge crowd that went on ALL Saturday night near the campground and about which the police did nothing. We called at 2am when NO ONE in the campground could sleep, the police came, listened and said "hmm, I don't know where that's coming from, I'll try to figure it out." We should have known then that they were just covering for a local since, 1.5 hours later when it was STILL going strong we hopped in our car and found the location in less than 5 minutes. We called the police back and the dispatcher said the officer reported that "he couldn't find it." After telling them EXACTLY where it was, they still did nothing. It went on until after 4am. But this is just a party, right? Some isolated event? Nope. The kicker is that we were relating the story to friends of ours who went camping there the weekend before us, and they said the SAME THING heppened that Saturday night. I'd either skip camping here or call the police and make DARN sure this won't be happening during your trip. One other note, if you do go camping there: the hike is VERY popular, which means that the parking lot fills up on the weekends. Since there are NO reserved parking spots for the campsites this means if you go somewhere and try to come back you may find that the lot is entirely full and you're not allowed in. :(

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Contact Information:
Wallace Falls State Park, P.O. Box 230 , Gold Bar, WA, 98251, Phone: 360-793-0420

Additional Information:
North Cascades - The North Cascade Range is a towering mass of granite spires and prehistoric glaciers. Amid these jagged peaks, you can walk in the quiet of ancient forests, swim in seas of wildflower and peer into the glass of alpine lakes. This is sacred country for casual hikers and extreme mountaineers alike.
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