Day Hike - Wagonwheel Lake & Silver Snag Hill


Day Hike - Wagonwheel Lake & Silver Snag Hill

Steep, challenging forest hike to a sweet lake and high meadow with epic Olympic mountain views.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft

TBD; depending on where participants are traveling from.

This is a mentored lead for Meryl Lipman. Please contact Meryl with all requests and questions at

The hike to Wagonwheel Lake gains 3200 feet in 2.8 miles in a thick forest. It is a solid workout and not for the faint of heart. We will keep a moderate pace and, depending on group strength and weather/conditions, we will gain 800 additional feet in 1/2 mile  to a beautiful meadow. From there we'll make the final push to "Silver Snag," a lone weathered tree atop a hill with 360* views of the eastern Olympic mountain range.

Conditions could be wet and wintry - or could turn wet and wintry on a dime - and winter gear, including traction devices, layers and rain gear, are essential.

Please request leader's permission before signing up.



Wagonwheel Lake & Silver Snag Hill

  • USGS Mt Skokomish

    Custom Correct Mount Skokomish - Lake Cushman

    Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S
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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. Microspikes
  12. Trekking poles
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