Wallace Falls Trail Run

50 km, 22.4 mi, Half Marathon.

Saturday, March 3, 2018
at Wallace Falls State Park, Gold Bar, WA

Proceeds Benefiting and with Support From

Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue

Man Tracker Team



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 December 1 - January 21January 22 - February 28Day of Run March 3
Half Marathon$37$46$50
22.4 miles$44$54$60
50 km$51$62$70

Course Description:

Wallace Falls Trail Run follows a loop course, with an out and back near the middle of the first loop. Runners will start at the Wallace Falls trailhead, run up the Woody trail, out the upper grade (logging road) to the Wallace Lake aid station, down the Greg Ball trail and the RR Grade trail back to the start/finish and trailhead aid station. On the first loop, at the Wallace Lake aid station, runners will also run out to Jay Lake and back, then continue the loop. Half marathon runners will have a short out and back on the RR grade before turning onto the Woody trail. Runners doing the 22.4 mi will run a second loop without the Jay Lake out and back. Runners doing the 50 km will run 2nd and 3rd loops without the Jay Lake out and back. The 50k may actually be closer to 52k.

On the Woody trail, runners will have views of the Wallace River and Middle and Upper Wallace Falls. Runners will have views of the Skykomish valley from the upper grade, and if it’s not too cloudy, all the way out to the Olympic mountains. There are also great lake views at the Wallace Lake aid station and around the lake toward the Jay Lake trail.

Most of the climbing is on the Woody trail. It has several short climbs and descents early, then gets steeper nearing the waterfalls. The upper grade, road grade around Wallace Lake and Jay Lake trail are flat to rolling with a couple short climbs. The road grade to the Greg Ball trail has a short climb, followed by a moderate rolling descent. Most of the downhill is on the single track Greg Ball trail, which has some flowing twists and turns, a couple steeper sections and a few switchbacks. The RR Grade to the finish is mostly downhill, about 500ft over 2.3 mi with a couple small rollers.

Expect to get your feet wet whether or not it’s raining, which is very likely this time of year. Depending on how wet the Winter is, there could be multiple water crossings.

*Race distances are based on GPS data and might be slightly off.

Course Maps

Wallace Falls Trail Run Loop 1
Wallace Falls Trail Run loop 1


Wallace Falls Trail Run loops 2, 3 map
Wallace Falls Trail Run loops 2 & 3 (22.4 mi, 50 km only)

Full course maps


Elevation Profiles

Wallace Falls Trail Run Half Marathon elevation profile. Approximately 2500 ft gain.
WFTR 22 profile
Wallace Falls Trail Run 22.4 mi elevation profile. Approximately 4500 ft gain.
WFTR 50k profile
Wallace Falls Trail Run 50 km elevation profile. Approximately 6600 ft gain.

Aid Stations

There will be full aid stations with water, electrolyte drink, fruit, carb rich snacks and salty snacks at Wallace Lake and the trailhead start/finish area. If you have specific dietary or other needs, carry them with you. Drop bags and crew are also allowed between loops for 50 km and 22.4 mi runners at the start/finish area.

Approximate aid station distances:

50 km: 5 mi, 8 mi, 12.65 mi, 17.7 mi, 22.4 mi, 27.4 mi, finish 32 mi

22.4 mi: 5 mi, 8 mi, 12.65 mi, 17.7 mi, finish 22.4 mi

half marathon: 5.5 mi, 8.5 mi, finish 13.1


Please try to check in at least 30 minutes before your race start time. Pre-race briefings will begin about 10 minutes before each race starts.

6:30 am – packet pick up opens

7:00 – early start for 50 km runners expecting to take over 8 hours

8:00 – 50 km race start

8:30 – 22.4 mi race start

9:00 – half marathon race start

11:00 – 50 km cut off to start 2nd loop

12:30 pm – 22.4 mi cut off to start 2nd loop

1:30 – 50 km cut off to start final loop

4:00 – course closes

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Safety and race rules

  • The trails are open to other users. Please be courteous when passing. Most of other users will likely be on the Woody trail.
  • While the course will be well marked, navigation and safety are the runners’ own responsibilities.
  • Please allow faster runners to pass. But it is the passing runner’s responsibility to let others know they wish to pass.
  • If you choose to use headphones, keep the volume low or one ear free so you can hear other people, race volunteers and officials.
  • No dogs on the course with runners, spectators, crew or volunteers. Our insurance and permits don’t allow pets.
  • Be aware that other park users may have dogs. They are required to be leashed, but not everyone does.
  • Let aid station staff or park staff know if you have trouble with any other park users or animals.
  • No cutting the course, including switchbacks.
  • Obey all posted park signs.
  • Please follow instructions of park staff, race staff, volunteers and first aid personnel.
  • Runners must check in and out at each aid station.
  • Runners must punch their bibs at the Jay Lake turnaround. No punch=no finish.
  • No crew on course. Crew is only allowed at the start/finish aid station at the trailhead.
  • Drop bags are allowed at the start/finish trailhead aid station. Please write your name and bib number on your drop bag.
  • 7:00 am early start is available only for 50 km runners who expect to take longer than 8 hours. Early start runners are not eligible for finishing awards. Official finish times will be at least 8 hours, even if you finish more quickly. If you expect to take longer than 9 hours to finish the 50 km, please consider entering one of the shorter distances. Our permits will only allow the course to stay open until 4:00 pm. No early start for 22.4 mi or half marathon.
  • Loop cut off times will be strictly enforced. You must leave the start area on the next loop before the cut off time, or you will be dropped to a shorter distance. 50 km runners missing the first loop cut off time can choose to drop to either the 22.4 mi or half marathon. 22.4 mi runners missing the first loop cut off time will drop to the half marathon. Runners dropping to a shorter distance during the race are not eligible for finishing awards and will receive an official finish time of at least the max allowed time for that distance. Runners who start their final loop before the cut off, but fail to finish before the course closes will receive a DNF.
  • Runners dropping out anywhere other than the trailhead start/finish area may have to make their own way out. Runners who drop at the Wallace Lake aid station may have to wait for an extended period of time for a ride.
  • Runners may change to a shorter distance before the race starts and remain eligible for finishing awards. There will be no refunds for the price difference.
  • Registration closes Wednesday, February 28, 2018. If not sold out, there may be day of race registration.
  • All participants (or parent/legal guardian if under 18 years old) must electronically sign the waiver during registration.
  • No refund for failing to start or finish the race.
  • If we cancel the event, we will issue full refunds.
  • If you cancel your entry prior to February 17, 2018, we will issue you a refund less a $10 cancellation fee. No refunds after that.
  • Transfers are allowed until February 24, 2018. You may only sell your bib for the up to the price you paid to enter. No bib “scalping”. To transfer, send an email to races@wanderbigger.com, subject: bib transfer. Please include the current registered runner’s name and distance, and the new runner’s name. You will get a one time use code for the new runner to register. Once they have registered, the previous runner will be removed from the registration list.
  • Race entry limited to 150 total combined participants. No wait list.

Wallace Falls Trail Run is sanctioned by USA Track & Field


Directions to Wallace Falls State Park

*A Discover Pass is required to park at Wallace Falls State Park. There is a kiosk in the parking lot to purchase a pass if you need one.

Parking is limited in the parking lot, as is street parking. Please carpool if possible. There are Park and Ride lots in Sultan and Gold Bar. We’ll be working on the parking situation.


Wallace Falls State Park has 5 cabins for rent at the trail head. Cabins are $45/night + tax. They sleep up to 5 people, with bunk beds for 3 and a full-size futon bed for 2.

***As of January 20, all 5 cabins have been booked.***

Cabin information

Cabin online reservations

Stevens Pass Motel is on Highway 2 just over 2 miles from Wallace Falls State Park. It’s right next to La Hacienda, a Mexican restaurant, and a couple blocks from Gold Bar Family Grocer.

There are several Airbnb accommodations within 15 minutes drive of Wallace Falls State Park.

There are many more options the closer you get to Seattle.

Weather Forecast in Gold Bar

Tuesday 02/20 0%
Generally cloudy. High near 40F. Winds light and variable.
Wednesday 02/21 0%
Overcast. High around 40F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday 02/22 0%
Sun and a few passing clouds. High 44F. Winds light and variable.
Friday 02/23 100%
Cloudy skies early followed by a mixture of light rain and snow in the afternoon. High near 40F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precip 100%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.
Saturday 02/24 90%
Cloudy with rain and snow. High near 40F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 90%. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.