The Wonderland Lake Loop is a true nature trail. It starts just down the backcountry access road from the large trail map sign. Turning right off the road into the forest, the trail meanders along granite rock bluffs, open meadows and vibrant coastal forest. Several viewpoints are scattered along the trail with the first one offering a great view of the Summit Lodge at the top of the Gondola. Other viewpoints with breathtaking vistas of Sky Pilot, Co-Pilot and Goat Ridge abound throughout the hike and offer some great spots for a photo or a snack.
Further into the trail is a small lake dotted with lily pads and surrounded by wildflowers and Alaskan blueberry bushes. The Wonderland Lake Loop provides a real glimpse into the rich flora and fauna of the local ecosystem and at 30 to 60 minutes for the entire loop, it is the perfect intermediate hike for those wanting some light exploration near the top of the gondola.
Level of Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate with some steeper stepped sections
Distance: Approximately 1.6 km return
Estimated Time: 30-60 minutes for entire loop
Elevation Gain: Descends 35 m to lake level