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Wagonwheel Lake Trail

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 3.7 (6)

Steep, steep, and more steep. This trail rewards you with a nice lake in the Olympic Wilderness


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3.1

Miles

4.9

KM

48%

Runnable

4,663' 1,421 m

High

841' 256 m

Low

3,822' 1,165 m

Up

13' 4 m

Down

24%

Avg Grade (13°)

52%

Max Grade (27°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Lake

Runner Notes

This is a perfect training run for anyone looking for serious elevation training. Watch for roots, rocks, slide areas and occasionally hard to locate trail sections.

Description

The Wagonwheel Lake Trail is brutal, and one of the steepest trails in the Olympic National Park. That being said, the trail is quite enjoyable and shows visitors just how rugged the terrain in this park can be. Starting from the Staircase Campground, runners will climb nearly 2,000 feet to Wagonwheel Lake.

While the lake itself isnt amazing, it is home to bobcats, as well as deer and an occasional elk. Make your way up here, sweat a ton, and enjoy knowing you rocked an extremely difficult trail.

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Doug Scott

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  3.7 from 6 votes

#21038

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1.2 miles up Wagonwheel Lake Trail. One of the only view spots on the trek up.
May 30, 2018 near Hoodsport, WA
Rhodies in bloom and a glimpse of Lightening Peak.
May 30, 2018 near Hoodsport, WA
Filtering water from Wagonwheel Lake.
May 30, 2018 near Hoodsport, WA
Most of the trail is a version of this.
May 30, 2018 near Hoodsport, WA
Ridge near old slide area.
May 30, 2018 near Hoodsport, WA

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May 13, 2016
Arthur Elias
nice and steep. only saw 2 other people. Some technical spots, but mostly buffed or rock. 6mi

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