Wynoochee Pass Trail

Notices

Obtain your Wilderness Camping Permit at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles, year round.
Check with USFS for Graves Creek road status

Description

Ecosystem type: Montane Forest, subalpine meadow
Trail tread types: Primitive
General elevation trend: Moderate
Unique features: Views
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 3.6
Elevation change: 2700 ft. to 3600 ft.
Best Season: Early July through October
Connecting Trails: Six Ridge Trail, Sundown Lake Trail, Graves Greek Trail

Access:

Hike 2.4 miles up through World Class Silver Fir and Mountain Hemlock (climax forest) to the mini-meadow at Wynoochee Pass. Drop down into Graves Creek Basin (large green meadows) then X/C to meet the Sundown Lake trail. This is so lightly used, it has plants growing in the middle of the tread. Pristine. Likely to see elk and bears. This is a minor scramble in parts, nothing dangerous. It is definitely in the moderate range because of the cross country travel of part of the route. Sturdy boots and a "minimum weight" pack are advisable.

The trail is an over grown, hard to follow shortcut to Lake Sundwon.

Camping

Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles. No reservations necessary.
Food Storage Method: Bear canisters are required in the subalpine high country where food cannot be hung at least 12 feet high and 10 ft. out from the nearest tree trunk.
Campsites: Camping at Wynochee Falls
Toilet Facilities: Toliet in campground, bury waste 6-8" 200 ft from water sources and campsites. Please pack out toilet paper.
Water Source: Only at campground
Stock: Allowed, check stock regulations. See Stock Use .

Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations. Camp in established sites or on bare ground.
Campfires: To protect sensitive vegetation, campfires are not allowed above 3,500 feet. Leave no trace of your fire ring. Burn dead and down wood only.
Respect Wildlife: To protect bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day. Bear canisters are recommended in this area.

Safety

Always carry the 10 Essentials: map, compass, flashlight, knife, matches, nylon cord, extra food and water, and raingear with warm clothes.
Map & compass navigation skills may be necessary in places along this trail. Snow may cover higher reaches of this trail in any season, so know how to navigate without a trail for guidance.
Let someone know where and when you are taking your hike. Make emergency plans for them to follow if you do not return.
Watch the weather before and during your hike. Storms move quickly. Whiteouts are sudden. Read the weather forecasts, but remember to read the weather in front of your face.
Snow When traveling on snow, bring an ice axe and know how to use it.

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