Located in the southeast corner of Olympic National Forest, little Wonder Mountain Wilderness extends south roughly in the shape of a triangle. A high ridge encompasses the southern point of the triangle, rising to the abrupt rocky peak of 4,848-foot Wonder Mountain. Below the summit, a heavy forest of western hemlock, Douglas fir, and silver fir reaches northward into the park. Within the Wilderness, the headwaters of McKay Creek and Five Stream emerge from four tiny secluded lakes, the only bodies of water in the area, that bear no names. A thick jungle of alder, willow, and vine maple grows along the creeks. A year's worth of precipitation sometimes reaches 60 inches, often falling as snow, and summer temperatures seldom top 80 degrees Fahrenheit. No trails cross this rarely visited Wilderness, nor do any trails lead to its boundaries. Two forest roads, that run relatively near the southeast and southwest borders, close to motor vehicles in fall and winter to provide protection for wildlife. Difficult hiking over steep forested slopes and along exposed ridges through tangles of huckleberry and thimbleberry will give you a Wilderness experience seldom surpassed in primitive solitude and exertion.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Wonder Mountain Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.
Washington State Wilderness Act of 1984 - Public law 98-339 (7/3/1984) To designate certain National Forest System lands in the State of Washington for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System, and for other purposes.