Wagonwheel Lake

Hoodsport, Washington 98548

Wagonwheel Lake

Wagonwheel Lake Professional Review and Guide

"The trailhead sign warns (or boasts) that this is one of the steepest trails in Olympic National Park. Gain over 3000 vertical feet in less than 3 miles. Utilizing tight switchbacks and no switchbacks at all, the grade is brutal. And once you get to Wagonwheel Lake, you’ll find a tiny forest-ringed pond with nary a good place to soak your feet. But if you can muster some energy to climb the open ridge behind the lake, this hike goes to four stars and all that sweat and pain will be worth it.

Despite its grueling statistics, little Wagonwheel Lake gets its fair share of visitors—rather, its attempted share. Many hikers comprehend 2.9 miles, but not 3175 vertical feet. It’s an insane combination, bringing many an unconditioned hiker to their knees and back to the trailhead unfulfilled."

Wagonwheel Lake Reviews

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The sign doesn't lie, it is steep and feels much longer than the 3 mile length on the signpost. Very challenging but worth it. We camped at the top and were the only ones there. We had a beautiful campsite overlooking the lake. The hike down was challenging as well due to the steepness.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
5.8 miles
3,175 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Mid-June to November
Additional Use
Olympic National Park, Wilderness Information Center
Local Contacts
Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S, Custom Correct Mount Skokomish–Lake Cushman
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018