Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Packwood Lake

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Packwood Lake

Spend the night at two-mile-long Packwood Lake on the outskirts of the Goat Rocks Wilderness, just southeast of Mount Rainier National Park. The low elevation and easy access (just 600 feet of gain over five miles) make the lake a great snow-free way to kick off the backpacking season!

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  • Moderate
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 600 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 600 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph

Gather at 7:15AM at the Enumclaw Ranger Station on the morning of May 26.  Google map location for the ranger station and the trailhead at this link:  More details will be provided later - please respond promptly to emails about carpooling!

Packwood this time of year are a high of 69F during the day and a low of 45F at night. This is a popular lake on a popular weekend so expect some crowds.


Packwood Lake

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials, plus overnight gear as specified by the trip leader

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