Packwood Lake Trail

MODERATE 122 reviews

Packwood Lake Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Packwood, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,535 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

From Randle, east 16 miles to Packwood. Turn right on Forest Service Road 1260 (near the ranger station) and drive south 5 miles to the trailhead at the end of the road.

camping
3 days ago

Perfect weather for a beautiful hike to the lake. We were there the weekend after the 4th so a lot of people were there. As everyone else mentioned, the mosquitoes were out in full force!

backpacking
5 days ago

Beautiful lake! It’s an easy hike, definitely not the elevation All Trails says. We packed in on a Sunday and from what we could tell were the only ones out there until Monday morning on our way out. The mosquitoes were the worst part of it - horrible in the trees near the lake, but not so bad near the lake. Seemed like we had to keep reapplying the bug spray in order to keep them away. Definitely recommend this hike for backpacking or for the day!

7 days ago

Did this hike for Bachelor party about a month ago for 2 nights! fairly easy hike with not views on the way until the lake is reached. Found a great spot on the north side of the lake. Please hike out what you bring in, some one or multiple people over time had left A LOT of trash on the other side of the trail from our camp spot and at the first camp site on the trail.

hiking
8 days ago

Well maintained trail, big lot at trailhead with maintained toilet. Beautiful dappled sunlight through the trees for most of the trail. Some mosquitoes, bring bug spray, but some breezes helped. Lovely view at the lake, clear water. Moderately busy, every other group had a dog, all on leash.

hiking
9 days ago

The only reason I gave 4 stars is because of the mosquitoes...They were so aggressive!! We were ill prepared and didn't have spray. Luckily got some from a camper at the lake for the trek back, but they were still pretty persistent. I have no less than 70 bites. However...the lake was amazing and worth the annoyance of the bugs. We hiked probably 3/4 mile around lake to find a good private spot to eat lunch and hang out. Fish were jumping all over the place, so bring your poles. The elevation changes are very minor and the trail is great condition. Length does tucker you out near the end if doing in a day, but nothing too bad!

12 days ago

Beautiful hike. Mosquitoes were awful this afternoon. Bug spray is a must!! Packwood Lake is beautiful♡

hiking
19 days ago

Duke, my dog, and I love this hike! The lake is beautiful but the way there is just as pretty! He really enjoys the water. Even though a lot of people do this hike you don’t run into a lot of people and if you do they’re all very nice.

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike, took the kids and dogs. It was pretty long for them, but we stopped up at the lake and ate lunch and relaxed. Great spot to backpack in and stay a few nights, will do that next time.

hiking
1 month ago

We had a great day on this hike and yes the mesquitos are a pest but it was 8.85 miles with 1394 in elevation. We started on the trail and came back the lower road.

backpacking
1 month ago

The hike starts off great in really condense forest with a slight incline with views of Goat Rocks off to your left. when start to get closer to the lake make sure you don't forget the mosquito repellant, their not crazy thick right now but annoying enough to not enjoy your day. Towards the end and can start to see the lake with a little bit of a decent through a rocky bed trail. Once you reach the lake you have breath taking views with Johnson Peak soaring over the lake its phenomenal. Now comes the exciting part seeing the old ranger station still intact was a rustic piece of history that you will never forget. The trail then goes over a tucked away cove on newly aged bridged. Definitely worth a few snaps of the camera for sure. When you walk around the lake there are plenty of places to throw a line in the water and catch some nice trout so don't forget your fishing pole. I forgot it at first and decided about 400 yrs in to go back and get it, boy glad I did. I believe this hike was easy but still challenging enough where you can enjoy yourself and if you have kids it seem really friendly not too many people on the trail but also 5 people to me on the trail is too much and I think we saw at least 15 +. Regardless still a great trail and plan in going back again except this time we will hike to the three lakes up higher towards Johnson Peak. Oh and stay safe out there we had to cut our trip short due to the gf broke her arm. She's a trooper.

hiking
1 month ago

Love it! went Saturday for the first time. can't wait to backpack in. trail was in a great shape!

backpacking
1 month ago

Rode dual sport motorcycle to Packwood Lake. Intent was to day hike to Lost Lake. Trail to Mosquito Lake was great. Steep incline but great trail. There are nice camp spots there as well. Once you start toward Lost Lake the snow starts to pile up so I turned around and headed back to Packwood Lake.

camping
1 month ago

Went hiking here over Memorial Day weekend. I would recommend getting up there early to make sure to get a good camping spot. It’s a pretty easy hike, good for families with younger children.

camping
1 month ago

Easy hike. If you can I would recommend setting up camp at the lake then doing day hikes up to three peak and mosquito lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty mellow hike in with stunning lake views. Great place to hike in and spend the day or to do a backpacking trip. Tons of dogs (and people). Parking fills up quick and you need a permit to park in the surrounding area. Make sure to get one ahead of time if you don’t already have the annual permit. Will for sure go again.

camping
1 month ago

Great mellow backpack- despite the hordes of other campers. Everyone was still friendly and found space for each other. Such a beautiful spot

hiking
1 month ago

Fairly easy hike with some incline, but not too bad! Great place to bring dogs!

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail with a slow elevation gain. This was our first overnighter. Beware of the crowds on a holiday weekend, as we were later in the day hiking in - not a good move! Everything along the two mile stretch of lake was taken so we had to trek on, finally finding our own spot in a lagoon at the end of the lake. Beautiful spot tucked in there that we made our own! Beautiful sunset over Rainier! No bugs at this time of the year! Ended up being 13.3 miles round trip since we went to the far edge of the lake. Good first backpacking trip!!

1 month ago

A splendid day hike or overnighter with hammocks. Beautifully graded trail.

backpacking
2 months ago

Hiked Packwood Lake yesterday for an overnighter. The parking lot was full. I had to park on the access road to the trailhead. At least 40 cars, maybe more. Most of the campsites were taken upto the Goat Rocks Wilderness Area. That's where I found my site. I did see quite a few people hiking beyond that. There was NO SNOW ON THE TRAIL. Smooth sailing. Everyone should experience an overnight at Packwood Lake. Beautiful!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Did an overnighter last Saturday. Great trail for snowshoeing. Spent the night in hammocks. Fun times

backpacking
4 months ago

Did an overnigher to Packwood Lake 2 weeks ago. 4.5 miles one way. 1.5 to 2 hrs each way. First overnighter this early in the year. Normal hike in with snow the last mile to the lake. It was cold, in the low 30's hiking in. Setup camp, started a fire and had dinner. Beautifully calm lake with an orange Johnson Peak in the background at sunset. It got down to the high 20's overnight. We were greeted with a warm sunrise as we had breakfast and tore down camp. Only saw 3 other people doing the same thing we did. Left around 10:30am. It's amazing how much elevation gain you loose on the way back, yet the elevation gain hiking in is so gradual you don't even notice it. This was my first real winter overnight and something everyone should try, with the proper cold weather gear of course.

5 months ago

So much fun. Easy enough for my 6 year old to hike as well. We took the upper trail in and the lower trail on the way out.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked Packwood Lake today. 9 miles RT. 1.5hr each way using the upper trail and started at 11am. This is the earliest in the year I've ever hiked it. The parking lot was empty. 3 Cars counting mine. The weather was excellent, sunny and no snow at trailhead. The temperature was in the high 40's and low 50's. Perfect. I ran into snow about 2 miles from the lake and spotty in the beginning. It was steady snow around 1.5 miles from the lake and oddly enough...the last 1/8 mile was virtually snow free. The snow was about 1-2 feet deep and well tracked. Pretty crunchy so you didn't sink or get too wet. Beautiful though. No snow at the lake but a thin layer of ice over top that made beautiful breaking sounds with the wind. One the best times to go. I had the lake to myself and easy travel even in the snow. It's still early. Not sure the amount of snow after this weekend. Snow or not...a must do.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful hike on a nice sunny fall day! Where the trail lacks in elevation gain, it makes up for in the length and diversity of the trail. Numerous mini streams running across the trail, so bring an extra pair of socks in case you slip on the rocks crossing them. Also, a few fallen trees across the path but easily gone over. All of it makes the trail entertaining! It is starting to get a little muddy in areas but that is to be expected for fall. You can continue for a longer hike, but must register at the posted spot to go farther than the 4.5 miles.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice day hike. Easygoing kid friendly (+5 and up) trail with little elevation gains. Great picnic hike. Took about 90 minutes to get to the lake after some quick stops for pictures along the way. Went October 6, 2017. Was raining but stopped when we got to the lake. Fall foliage was in full color.

hiking
10 months ago

A good hike. Little elevation change over the 4 mile trip to the lake so it is fairly easy. There are lots of flies if you choose to take the road back instead of the trail. It saves you some distance but there is less to see. The lake is nice and offers good views. Medium traffic on this hike and would suggest for easy going hikers. Road is well managed and trail head is well marked.

10 months ago

Amazing hike! Great view, well worth the hike. Only downside was being up that high with all the smoke was a little rough, definitely going back next year when it's not smoky.

10 months ago

just finished an out and back with our boy scouts, troop 222, had a great time good starter trail. views were great and trail in good shape. one small one over the trail but easy to get over. caught and released a couple fish. will go back and camp next time.

hiking
10 months ago

Wow this is really an amazing place. Great easy trail not much elevation. I think there is a bike trail too which looks fun. The lake is outstanding with lots of beach spots around. Blown away this was not more crowded.

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