The name "Wallace", after which the falls, river, lake and mountain are named, is Indian in origin named after Sarah "Kwayaylsh". Joe and Sarah "Kwayaylsh", members of the Skykomish Indian Tribe, homesteaded near the present town of Startup (which was also named Wallace until 1901). Gold Bar, the nearest town to the park, was named after the gravel bars in the Skykomish River, on which the Chinese railroad workers used to pan for gold. Railroad, logging, mining, and lumbering all dominated the early economy.
Parking and Trail Access
Wallace Falls State Park is located approximately 30 miles east of Everett and 2 miles northeast of Gold Bar off U.S. Highway 2 in eastern Snohomish County