Wonderland Trail: Mowich Lake Campground to Ipsut Creek Campground

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Wonderland Trail: Mowich Lake Campground to Ipsut Creek Campground is a 9.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Buckley, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 9.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,988 feet Route Type: Out & Back




mountain biking

nature trips




no dogs

The main attraction is the under appreciated Ipsut Falls near the campground!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

We hiked this trail because we got up to Tolmie Peak and the thick fog prevented any sort of view and we wanted to experience more of what the area had to offer. We backtracked from Tolmie Peak to the fork that leads to the falls and made our way down. Narrow switchbacks from the fork (trail is not well maintained here and your legs will get scratched if you're wearing shorts) and after that just the standard trail in the woods with no scenery. We had no information on this trail and based our decision off of the fact that if the campsite is named after waterfalls, it must be pretty substantial. The falls were a sad little thing and was covered with debris and downed trees. Was definitely not worth the extra 8 miles round trip from the fork. "Under appreciated" for a reason!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It was definitely a good hike. My brother and I found ourselves looking for a good base camp to hike to Tolmie Peak Lookout and Mowich Lake and i believe that this is the one we needed. The campground itself has bathrooms and tons of camp spots near the river. For your food and goodies, it has bear boxes to lock near every campsite and well marked trails leading in the out. I found the hike was easy with little elevation gain all the way to the falls. It says nearly 4000 feet of elevation but there is no way unless you hike all the way through Ipsut Campground and Into Mowich Lake, which is another 5.4 miles further from the campground. Ill use my app and get a correct elevation and edit the trail when I'm on it next. Today is 2/17/2015 and there is no snow and the trail is completely open and free from washouts and such. The bridge to Chenuis falls(around 2 mile marker) is still washed out for those venturing on the Carbon River Trail in search of cool waterfalls for photograph. On a nice day, this would be a great place to take the family on a mild overnight camping trip.

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