Jug Lake

A moderate hike just northeast of White Pass leads to 28-acre Jug Lake, one of the largest high alpine lakes in the William O. Douglas Wilderness. According to Backpacker, "from the overlook above Jug Lake; the swirling, whistling winds here mimic the sound of air passing over a jug's mouth."

getting there

Drive US-12 9 miles northeast of Packwood and turn left onto Forest Road 45. In 0.3 mile take the left fork and continue 4.2 miles. Head right towards Soda Springs Campground and Cowlitz Trail Trailhead parking on the left (3,200 ft).

on the trail

From the Soda Springs Campground, hike the Cowlitz Trail (No. 44) through many old-growth groves—fir, hemlock, and cedar—for 2.1 miles to the Jug Lake Trail (No. 43). Turn left onto the Jug Lake Trail and climb steeply for the next mile before reaching the Judkin Trail (No. 47) which accesses Jug Lake (4,410). Near the lake, the forest opens into a small park-like highland with vibrant beargrass. Look and listen for elk and mule deer. The trails are typically snow-free from July to October.

  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 7.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,485 ft
  • 4,480 ft
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