“Steep, steep, and more steep. This trail rewards you with a nice lake in the Olympic Wilderness”
— Doug Scott
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.
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.