Wagonwheel Lake Trail



  • Wilderness Camping Permits are available at the Staircase Ranger Station. You can also call the Wilderness Information Center for permits. (360) 565-3100.


Ecosystem Type: Montane forest, subalpine forest
Trail Tread Types: Primitive
General Elevation Trend: Steep
Level of Difficulty: Difficult
Distance: 2.8 miles
Elevation Change: 785 feet to 4,150 feet
Best Season: July through October
Stock: Closed to stock



Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at the Staircase Ranger Station.
Food Storage Method: No bear wires. Bear canisters are recommended in this area due to the difficulty of hanging food 12 feet high and 10 feet out from the nearest tree trunk.
Location and sites: Wagonwheel Lake
Toilet Facilities: No toilets. Bury waste 6-8" deep and 200 feet from water sources and campsites.
Water Source: Wagonwheel Lake and outlet stream. Always boil, filter, or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent getting Giardia.
Stock: Prohibited


Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Please Leave No Trace of your stay to help protect park resources and to prevent further camping regulations. Camp on bare ground sites or on river bars.
Campfires: Prohibited at Wagonwheel Lake and elsewhere above 3,500 feet.
Wildlife Precautions: Save the Bears! Please learn how to properly secure your food to protect bears and yourself. Do not feed any wild animals!
Safety: When traveling on snow, bring an ice axe and know how to use it.


Last updated: June 21, 2017

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600 E. Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362


(360) 565-3130

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