Wallace Falls Hike

It was Brian’s birthday, when we took a half-day, half-night hike in Washington’s Wallace Falls State Park. We did not quite make it to the most impressive Middle Falls, we started so late in the day, but we greatly enjoyed the textures of the forest in the evening light.

Along the way, a couple groups of high school kids were just running up and down the trails, maybe sports teams in training. The trail is nicely maintained but a bit bumpy, so I am not sure how they were running! They encouraged us to go farther, but they also weren’t stopping to take pictures or enjoy the view :)

We stayed near our turning point to enjoy the sunset, paying for it later by hiking out with our lights on. It was slightly spooky and increasingly adventurous, the main trail was harder to pick out from other paths as it got darker, and darker — something I won’t forget and won’t repeat ;)

A sign at the main trail head quoted W. Wordsworth: “Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.” Click on the photo below to open them in a larger slideshow.

mt. index from wallace falls state park
wordsworth on nature
shooting from the bridge in wallace falls state park
wallace falls state park bridge over wallace rivertextures of moss at wallace falls state park
bg shooting trees at wallace falls state park
old roots in the water at wallace falls state park
going up the trail in wallace falls state park
stairs on the trail at wallace falls state park
middle wallace falls
picnic shelter at wallace falls state park
where's brian in wallace falls state park
evening sun over olympics at wallace falls state park
a good hike at wallace walls state park
sun setting over the olympic mountains