Wagonwheel Lake & Copper Mountain


Alpine Scramble - Wagonwheel Lake

Wagonwheel Lake/Wagonwheel Trail

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,300 ft

7:00 AM at Martin Way Park and Ride, Olympia, I-5 and Martin Way, Exit 109

Required Equipment: ice axe, snowshoes, shovel

Recommended: crampons

If the avalanche danger is high we will stop at about elevation 3800 ft, which is where the traverse to the lake begins. This would be an elevation gain of about 2900 feet.

On the other hand, if conditions are good, we will proceed to Wagonwheel Lake. Depending on how the group feels, we may do the small summit (~4700 ft) just NE of Wagonwheel. This would make the total elevation gain about 3900 ft and the one-way mileage about 4 miles.

The goal will be to maintain a pace of at least 1000 ft of gain per hour on the ascent. The pace is listed as strenuous because Wagonwheel Lake Trail is strenuous at just about any pace, and there will be snow which will slow us down. This is a conditioner, so please plan on working hard.

Preference given to Olympia Branch Alpine Scrambling students.


Wagonwheel Lake & Copper Mountain

  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

    Green Trails Mt Steel No. 167

    Custom Correct Mount Skokomish - Lake Cushman

    USGS Mt Skokomish
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