A Monroe man survived a 50-foot fall over the lower part of Wallace Falls at about 1:30 p.m. on Friday with only minor injuries.
It took about three hours to retrieve the man, 23, from atop some rocks in the river, on which he was able to climb after his fall. A Snohomish County Sheriff’s helicopter lifted him out with a rescue harness and took him to Fire Station 54 in Gold Bar.
Wallace Falls has been the scene of several fatal falls and other harrowing rescues of hikers who got too close to the edge of the river, which includes three main falls, the lower of which is comprised of a series of tiers.
The middle falls, the centerpiece of Wallace Falls State Park, is a single 265-foot drop.