Wynoochee Lakeshore Trail

Montesano, Washington

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The singletrack around Wynoochee Lake is 12 miles long and moderately difficult. There are some steep climbs, and pushing your bike will be necessary in several places. Some segments of the trail are technically demanding, while others are smooth and wide. The trail becomes exacting as it nears the north end of the reservoir. Obstacles like roots and rocks are more common, and the path switchbacks through some drainages. In places, the singletrack narrows and drops off steeply to the side. The trail crosses the Wynoochee River at the north end of the reservoir. There is no bridge, so you must ford the river to continue the loop. The scenery is lovely; the best views are at the south end of the lake. The trail offers glimpses of Anderson Ridge to the east and the Olympics to the north. Wynoochee Lakeshore Trail winds through a dense forest and past some magnificent old-growth specimens of Douglas fir and western hemlock. Call ahead for current trail conditions; the Forest Service is planning to realign the trail and build a footbridge over the Wynoochee River.
Mountain Bike! Washington

DESCRIPTION FROM:

Mountain Bike! Washington

by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

The singletrack around Wynoochee Lake is 12 miles long and moderately difficult. There are some steep climbs, and pushing your bike will be necessary in several places. Some segments of the trail are technically demanding, while others are smooth and wide. The trail becomes exacting as it nears the north end of the reservoir. Obstacles like roots and rocks are more common, and the path switchbacks through some drainages. In places, the singletrack narrows and drops off steeply to the side.

The trail crosses the Wynoochee River at the north end of the reservoir. There is no bridge, so you must ford the river to continue the loop. The scenery is lovely; the best views are at the south end of the lake. The trail offers glimpses of Anderson Ridge to the east and the Olympics to the north. Wynoochee Lakeshore Trail winds through a dense forest and past some magnificent old-growth specimens of Douglas fir and western hemlock. Call ahead for current trail conditions; the Forest Service is planning to realign the trail and build a footbridge over the Wynoochee River.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Montesano
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Summer and fall.
Trailhead Elevation: 780 feet
Top Elevation: 900 feet
Local Contacts: Hood Canal Ranger District, 360-877-5254.
Local Maps: Hood Canal Ranger District map. USGS 7.5: Wynoochee Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Wynoochee Lakeshore Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/1/2007
0

This is on longer a bike capable trail. Lots of blow downs. There were parts of this trail that were almost impossible to scramble through/around on foot. Also it was poorly marked. I had a hard time finding the trail in several places. It took me Seven hours to slog around the Lake. In spite of all of these problems my German Shepards and I had a great time.


12/12/2002
0

This trail has been almost completly overgrown for years. I live just down the road near Montesano.



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