Packwood Lake


Day Hike - Packwood Lake

Enjoy this magnificent lake after the bugs are gone and the water is still warm enough for swimming, while inspecting progress on restoration of a historic ranger station.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft

Meet at 9 AM at the Mountain Goat Coffee Shop on the northeast corner of the intersection of Main Street and SR 12 in Packwood, near the center of town, where breakfast food is available.   It can be reached from the north via SR 410, SR 123 and SR 12 or from the south via I-5 and SR 12.  

From the coffee shop we will caravan a short distance to the trailhead, where there is both ample parking and a restroom.  A Northwest Forest Pass or National Park Pass must be displayed by each car parked there.  The hike to the lake will take about two hours, gaining 1200 feet at the beginning and losing 300 feet at the end.  We'll have our lunch at the north end of the lake and allow time for a swim if the weather permits.   After the hike out, we customarily have an optional stop at the Cliff Dropper Restaurant in Packwood.


Packwood Lake

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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