Packwood Lake

A moderate, 8-mile round trip hike with 1,100 feet of elevation gain that can be done out-and-back or as a loop with half hiked on a road.

getting there

From US-12 in Packwood, turn south onto Snyder Road (Forest Road 1260) and drive 5.5 miles to the road's end and the Packwood Lake Trailhead (2,800 ft).

on the trail

Hike out-and-back on the Packwood Lake Trail or make this a loop by hiking out the trail and back on the road that parallels the trail. On a clear day the road offers great views of Mount Rainier, Johnson Peak, and other peaks nearby. There are some waterfalls along the trail. Consider extending your trip by hiking up to Mosquito Lake and maybe on to Lost Lake. Or hike up Upper Lake Creek.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 8.1 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,105 ft
  • 3,300 ft
  • Green Trails Goat Rocks William O Douglas Wilderness No. 303S
  • Green Trails Packwood No. 302

Upcoming Activities

Backpack - Packwood Lake

Backpacking Trip
Experience one of the largest and most magnificent lakes in the Cascades, nestled in the
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Jul 27, 2019 - Sun, Jul 28, 2019
No Prerequisites
2 participants
Registration closes Jul 25
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Packwood Lake

Day Hiking Trip
Experience one of the most popular hikes in the Goat Rocks Wilderness, hiking through a
Difficulty: Moderate
Tue, Jul 30, 2019
No Prerequisites
8 participants
Registration closes Jul 28
Tacoma Branch
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