A 38 year-old woman was rescued from a ledge near Wallace Falls after falling and sustaining critical injuries this afternoon. Personnel from the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit, Gold Bar Fire (Snohomish County Fire District 26), and Washington State Parks, as well as volunteers from Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue, were deployed this afternoon after an emergency beacon was activated in Wallace Falls State Park.
The beacon was activated after a woman, who had been “canyoneering” with others, lost control of “braking” her climbing rope and fell several feet onto a ledge near the falls around 4 p.m. Ground crews reached the woman on foot while the Sheriff’s Office helicopter, SnoHAWK10, delivered a medic to the woman’s location. She was transported by SnoHAWK10 to the grounds of a school in Gold Bar, where she was transferred to an AirLift Northwest helicopter. The woman was then transported to Harborview Regional Medical Center with critical injuries.
sourced- Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
Wallace Falls is one of the most well known waterfalls in the North Cascades. The falls plunge 265 feet into a large amphitheater before regrouping and dropping over additional tiers of 81 and 25 feet (the last one can’t be seen from the trail, however). From the main overlook of the falls, the trail continues up above to the top of the falls to a spectacular vista out over the Skykomish River valley and then on to Upper Wallace Falls, and Wallace Lake. The Wallace River drains a respectable area, but because it is largely lowland area and there aren’t any Lakes or Glaciers feeding the river, the volume of the river drops substantially in the summer and fall. The falls can be distantly seen from U.S. 2 from around 5 miles away.