Your Wonderland Trail permit states where you sleep at night, but not which trailhead you start from. Rather than starting at Longmire, we opted to head up the road to the Cougar Rock Picnic Area where there was plenty of parking. It also meant that our first mile would actually be forested and downhill to Longmire, providing a nice warm-up for the day. Had we been able to start a little earlier, we might’ve even opted to park at Reflection Lake and start from there, to make that last day hike a little shorter.
At about mile five we passed the first camp on the trail, Pyramid Creek Camp, and after crossing the creek, began climbing in earnest again. The trail is forested and the tread perfectly padded with pine needles as you climb another 1,100 vertical feet to our destination: Devil’s Dream Camp.
There are seven individual camp sites and one group site, as well as an outhouse with four walls and a door (a luxury as we learned). Devil’s Dream has a reputation for having a lot of mosquitos, but luckily the weren’t bad when we were there.
Unfortunately, the closest water source is another 1/2 mile up the trail, so after setting up camp, Derek and I took our Sea-to-Summit buckets (highly recommended) up to Squaw Lake, where we discovered an intolerable number of mosquitos. We hoofed it back to camp for dinner, adding another mile to our total for the day.
Longmire to Devil’s Dream Map and Elevation Profile
Originally hiked on August 5, 2019 with Jason and Derek.