Wagonwheel Lake & Copper Mountain


Basic Alpine Climb - Wagonwheel Lake

This hike is posted as the steepest hike in the Olympics . . . . . and it lives up to its reputation. It is strenuous and the trip to the lake is meh . . . if there is time available, energy in the group and the weather is good, we may try another mile up to snag Silver Snag.

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

TBD - will get more info out when we get closer!


Priority will be given to Olympia Scrambling and Basic Climbing students looking for a conditioner or two!  Also - second year students needing a conditioner are welcome to sign up.  Second year students are also highly encouraged to sign up to help with the current climbing class for credit before doing climbs. 


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
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Chock pick (nut tool)
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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