Wagonwheel Lake & Copper Mountain


Day Hike - Wagonwheel Lake

Strenuous conditioner - priority given to Olympia Basic Climbing and Scrambling Students.

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

Meet at the Mud Bay Park and Ride at 6:30 a.m.  Coordinate carpooling.  We will be in the Olympic National Park, so please make sure each driver has a National Park pass. 

This hike is one of the most challenging and steepest in the Olympics.  Priority given to Olympia Basic Climbing and Scrambling students.  Check our website for information on the hike as well as outside websites for more information.   Anticipate blow downs on the trail from storms earlier this year. 

This trip will be dependent on avalanche conditions.

Since this will be a first time conditioner for many of you, we will take our time and take breaks as necessary, but I would like to keep the group moving.  Once we get out of the tree line, there is an open area across an avalanche area (depending on conditions).  If there is snow, we will be traveling over slide alders.  Little to no snow, going through the slide alders.  This trip will  be dependent on avalanche conditions.   If you have them, I highly recommend bringing microspikes.  Snowshoes are also needed.   It is good practice to bring and carry your ice axe.


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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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. Helmet
  12. Snow shoes
  13. Microspikes - only if you already have them
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