Mileage: 12.2 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 1645/1950ft
Map: Green Trails Index No 142, State Park Map
Favorite Eats After Hike: Wallace Falls Café
12/28/2015 I was in search of snowshoeing today, so I skipped the falls and headed up towards the lakes around 9am. I took the bike route up the DNR road from the railroad trail and was able to put on my snowshoes about an hour into the hike. There were a few views of the valley from the road and the snow was knee high by the time I reached where the Greg Ball trail meets the road. After breaking trail most of the road, it was nice to have a path from here to Wallace Lake. I took my snowshoes off and just had my trail runners on.
At the lake at noon I saw a few people with and without snowshoes (the first people since I left the parking lot). I made my way around the lake, putting my snowshoes back on about half way. Several folks stopped at the end of the lake where the creek runs in and I along with another solo female hiker with snowshoes continued onto Jay Lake. We were the first ones today and she broke trail most of the way to the lake. The snow was above knee high in places and the lake has started to freeze over. I have been up here a few times and winter is the best time to see Jay Lake as normally it is so brushy it is hard to see the water. We both stopped at the picnic table to snack.
I headed back about 1:30pm and as it was 3pm by the time I got the Greg Ball junction so I took that route down. I had taken my snowshoes off as I made my way around Wallace Lake and switched to microspikes which I kept on about 1.5 miles of the Greg Ball trail, mostly because I wanted to keep a good speed down. If you have good traction on your footwear they would not be necessary. I had good traction but can be a klutz! There was snow but it was compacted. I was back down to my car about 4:30pm.
Directions: From Everett, follow Hwy 2 for 28 miles east to Gold Bar. Soon after driving into town, turn left onto 1st Street, signed for Wallace Falls State Park. Proceed for 0.4 mile to a four way stop. Turn right onto May Creek Road and continue for 1.5 miles to Wallace Falls State Park. Come early, although there is lots of parking it fills up fast, especially during the summer.