- This popular destination for hikers and bikers lies just an hour northeast of Seattle. Two different hiking trails lead to the falls: the shorter 2.5-mile trek follows the Wallace River and gets pretty steep at times. The longer 3.25-mile, bicycle-friendly railroad grade is considerably flatter and worth the extra length for more leisurely walkers. Stunning trees, mushrooms and ferns line both paths, and wildflowers grow in the brighter areas. The falls are stunning any time of year. Bring plenty of film for suitable-for-framing souvenir photos. The 56-spot parking lot can fill up early on summer weekends, but a local entrepreneur uses her large grass lot for overflow; a small fee gets you a full day of parking located only a short walk from the park entrance. Six overnight campsites for tent campers are available, as are several picnic spots at the trailhead.
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