South Washington Cascades

Packwood Lake

Length: 9 round trip miles
Low Point: 2800'
High Point: 3200'
Season: Summer/Fall
Scenery: 4/5

Difficulty: 2/5

Submitted by: William


From the north end of Packwood, Washington turn east onto Snyder Rd. Go six miles on this
paved road, following the signs, to the trailhead. A NW Forest Pass is required.

Trail Description

From the trailhead two trails go to the lake, one is open to motorcycles, the other is for hikers and
equestrians only. Motorcycles are not allowed on any of the trails around the lake. The hiking
trail, is a wide, well maintained trail, and is under a canopy of younger evergreens with some
large old growth fir and cedar mixed in. At about a mile there is a good view of the valley below
and Mt. Rainier. Packwood Lake is a large, beautiful lake with an interesting island and Johnson
Peak rises above the south end of the lake. An old restored rangers cabin is at the north end of the

Starting at about 2800' elevation the trail climbs gradually for about two miles to 3200'. It then
descends a little before it becomes nearly level for about two miles. The trail descends about 200'
in the last half mile to the lake at 2857'.


6/2/10 Went to Packwood Lake over the Memorial Day weekend. Yes, the trip was wet, but free of snow to the lake. The blow downs are cut back on the hiking trail. Camp spots further down the lake have more wood accessable - just a suggestion to everyone.
2010-06-05 07:43:50