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

Intro to Backpacking Field Trip - Packwood Lake

Backpacking Field trip: Introduction to Backpacking
Join me on my mentored backpack to the Goat Rocks Wilderness! If you're into lake
Difficulty: Moderate
Thu, Jun 17, 2021 - Fri, Jun 18, 2021
No Prerequisites
0 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Jun 10
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Packwood Lake

Day Hiking Trip
Enjoy the largest lake in the Goat Rocks Wilderness, with a swimming opportunity.
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Jul 11, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
11 participants
Registration opens Jun 28
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Packwood Lake

Day Hiking Trip
Experience the largest and most beautiful lake in the Goat Rocks Wilderness, with warm clear
Difficulty: Moderate
Thu, Jul 22, 2021
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration opens Jul 12
Tacoma Branch
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