Mentor Group Backpack

Field trip: Mentored Backpack Leaders' Course - Foothills

Mentor Group Backpack - Packwood Lake

This early season 1-night backpack offers an easy hike through old-growth forest, lakeside campsites, and on a clear day, views of Johnson Peak, Mt. Rainier and surrounding peaks of the Goat Rocks. This is a mentored backpack for students in the Backpack Leader course.

  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,105 ft

Meet at the Mountain Goat Coffee Shop in Packwood at 9:00 AM. We'll caravan from there. If you'd like coffee or pastry, please arrive earlier so we can leave as a group for the trailhead by 9:00 AM. The leader will help facilitate carpooling.

From the trailhead, we'll hike 4.5-5.5 miles along trail 78 to the Northside of Packwood Lake, where we'll find a spot to set up camp. Once settled, there will be an option to continue the hike along the Upper Lake Trail to search for wildflowers, wildlife and more views. The next morning, we'll pack up and hike back via the pipeline road for a loop trip.
This backpack is for students in the Backpack Leader course. As such, we'll spend time talking about outdoor leadership including planning, posting and best of all leading backpacks!


Packwood Lake

Required Equipment

Required Equipment


The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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