Wagonwheel Lake Trail

Olympic National Park, Washington

Elevation Gain3,797ft
Trailhead Elevation838ft
Elevation Min/Max838/4076ft
Elevation Start/End838/838ft

Wagonwheel Lake Trail

Wagonwheel Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Mason County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Park. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 838 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,797 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking, a parking, and restrooms. The trail ends near the Wagonwheel Camp site. This trail connects with the following: Wagonwheel Lake Way Trail and North Fork Skokomish River Trail.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"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." Read more
Hiking Olympic National Park (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"A 5.6-mile round-trip day hike from the North Fork Skokomish trailhead to Wagonwheel Lake. This trail is a laborious climb across wooded slopes with limited views, ending at a woodland lake. The trail begins by running north through a dry forest of young Douglas fir underlain by a dense mat of Oregon grape. It soon crosses the moist bottom of a side valley and begins the long ascent by switchbacking up the steep hillside. When it finally reaches the top of a finger ridge, the grade eases a bit before becoming even steeper as it follows the ridgeline upward. There are several overlooks as the path alternates between doghair stands of young hemlocks and open groves of more mature trees." Read more

Wagonwheel Lake Trail Reviews

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Beautiful trail, but extremely difficult! Parts of the trail are narrow with poor footing. This was the most difficult trail I have ever been on.
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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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A very nice and strenuous day hike to a small blue lake. Not for weak legs.

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Trail Information

Olympic National Park
Nearby City
Olympic National Park
Skill Level
Additional Use
Olympic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Skokomish; Custom Correct Mount Skokomish–Lake Cushman
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018