Wynoochee Lakeshore Trail - Frontcountry Youth Vacation

Hood Canal Ranger District

4:00PM - 2:30PM
Sun, Jul 12 to Fri, Jul 17, 2015


Maidenhair Falls. Photo by MikeOnAHike

Wynoochee Lake is a popular destination in the Olympic National Forest. Because it sees so many visitors, the trail is in need of some attention. You and your crew will be fixing up braided trails, cutting back overgrown brush and fixing a creek crossing along the lakeshore. You'll also head toward lovely Maidenhair Falls, the gem of this trail area, where you'll fix up some failed drainage and repair a bridge. You'll be camping near the lake, so bring your water shoes to go swimming after work.

This will be a car camp. The project is with two miles and 500 feet of elevation gain.

You'll be working on the trail up to Maidenhair Falls. There is a nearby drainage problem that needs some work. A nice turnpike and culverts were put in at some time in the past, but no water actually flows through the culverts. The water all runs onto the trail, and the curb logs for the turnpike serve as dams to hold the water on the trail.

The Wynoochee Lakeshore Trail starts on the north side of Coho Campground. The 16-mile loop has a rolling grade, ranging from easy to moderate in difficulty. The elevation gain along the route is minimal as it stays mostly between 100 and 200 feet through second-growth forest above the lake. It provides the opportunity to see wildlife, fish, and enjoy old-growth forest. The trail is open to hikers and mountain bikers. Maintenance efforts will be focused on both sides of the lake, involving a variety of cutting logs, brushing, and tread maintenance.

This is one of our Youth Volunteer Vacations. There is $245 fee ($205 for WTA members). You will be required to fill out an application form including your outdoors experience and medical history before we can allow you to join the trip.

This is a youth-only week-long work party. You must be under 18 years old to attend. Participants must be able to attend all days. Late arrivals and early departures are not allowed.


GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head

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