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Packwood Lake Trail is a 9.2 mile heavily 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.

Length 9.2 mi Elevation gain 1,535 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Snow

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Getting There

A beautiful lake and the perfect setting for a picnic. The view as the lake opens is an unexpected feast for the senses. Lots of dogs and families on the trail and at the lake.

A federal Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station 10024 U.S. 12 Randle, WA 98377 Tel: 360.497.1100

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.

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Recordings (275)
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Kim Wheeler
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Trail is in excellent shape! No garbage to be seen anywhere, other than a doggie doo bag. On my way down, I passed a couple of groups, each with a dog. Hopefully whoever owns the doo bag will pick it up on their way down. It's very buggy about 3 miles in. If you stop, the mosquitoes will swarm you. I put on repellent but the mosquitoes don't care. I enjoyed the hike. It's on the easy side of moderate. Oh, and the lake is gorgeous! The water is blue-green. Very cool!

Ahmed Zeghmi
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Drive was pavement all the way to the Trailhead. Trail is well maintained and definitely on the easy side of moderate, majority of the trail is shaded and through thick tree cover with gradual elevation increase. Barely any views on the way so the trail can get monotonous, but the lake itself is spectacular, and lots of easily accessible campsites. Would definitely do this again, especially if coming back for camping.

Robert Stillwagon
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Hiking

Beautiful

Elizabeth Blowers
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HikingBugs

Logged 8.48 miles, 2474’ elevation gain, 3:06 total Beautiful and well maintained trail. Drive up was paved and smooth, minimal potholes. Trailhead is clearly marked and bathroom was open and clean. Separate trail for hiking vs biking/ATV/horses. Could definitely trail run this too. Brought my dog! Trail was very wide and well maintained, easy to pass other groups. Shaded the majority of the time with intermittent views of the mountains. Very flat with barely noticeable elevation gain/loss. Would be easy for kids if they can handle the mileage. Views at the lake were absolutely stunning and I would do this hike again in a second!

Christine Johnston
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Hiking

Mosquitoes were a bit pesky, but the views were worth it. And, the park ranger was super nice.

Trev Elliott
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Hiking

Trail was in near perfect condition, we took our dog and had a great time. Now one of our favorite hikes! Just under 4 hours total including our 30 min lunch looking over the lake. Definitely recommend!

Sarah James
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Hiking

This trail was a nice getaway from Yakima. Beautiful hike and the lake at the end makes it all worth it. Long hike but not hard. Lots of people hiking but got to the lake and it’s pretty spread out and quiet for how many people that were on the trails.

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B Parent
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Hiking

One of my favorites-I hike this a few times every year. My teenager and I went yesterday (7/2/2020). Very few mosquitoes as long as we kept moving on the trail. None at the lake. There was mud in some places and a blown down branch here and there. There’s a rest room in the parking lot. Good for all hikers and dogs!

Fernanda Carmona
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HikingBugsMuddy
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Courtney B
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HikingBlowdownMuddyRocky

I have nothing bad to say about this trail. The lake is the perfect ending to this moderate hike. Super blue, peaceful water with a few campers here and there. Took the hammock for a hang right next to the water. I want to rate this trail as a 2 out of 5 just so more people dont find out about it!

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Kelsi Haley
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HikingMuddy
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Emily Ochoa
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Backpacking

Flippin beautiful and a perfect back packing trail. Once you get settled in I recommend continuing the hike on trail 81 alongside the upper creek. Such a beautiful and magical place

jordan s
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Hiking

Trail is in fine condition to packwood lake. A few mud spots but nothing unavoidable. Trail runners were on site so that should paint a clear picture. Lots and lots of dogs, saw one on leash. Packwood lake is a go. A bit misty and windy but it was still gorgeous. Will be back soon. Attempted to go up to lost lake, there were a few snow patches just past the (coyote trail?) junction about .5 miles away. we ultimately decided to turn around when we got to snow patches over creeks, couldn’t tell how strong they were just from looking, and didn’t have poles to find out. Disheartening to make it so far and turn around but I’d rather be safe than sorry. We didn’t want to risk falling in, and didn’t want to lose the trail. Ultimately decided to go back and stay at the campsite near the pond that’s on the way to lost lake. Lost lake condition is unclear, I’m assuming it has lots of snow around jt still though. Lots of mist / rain / fog off and on at about 4500’ elevation and up.

SaiKiranThirdhalaVLOGS User
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Hiking

Great trail - Most of the trail was flat so if you want to have your running shoes on that must be fine Camping - the lake was so beautiful will be back again for camping such a beautiful place to camp .

Carrie Boyd
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Hiking

The trail was good yesterday. It was a little cooler & misty do no problems with mosquitoes. Lake is a beautiful turquoise. The outhouse near the lake is out of order. Nice morning hike in and out.

Lucas Avery
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Hiking

6-29-20 Nice easy trail to beautiful Packwood Lake. Arrived at 1330 and very few vehicles. Took about four hours to hike. A few muddy spots but can navigate around along with a couple downed trees.

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Cristina Vaughan
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Hiking

What a fun hike! While it is longer (we almost clocked in at 10 miles), the elevation gain is minimal so it was actually quite enjoyable. Nice jaunt through the woods that then leads to the beautiful lake. Not crowded at all on a Monday afternoon, but I imagine the weekends are hectic. Will have to be back to spend the night sometime!

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Matt Coleman
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Hiking

Great trail! Definitely on the easy side of moderate. Gorgeous views at the lake. Trail is almost entirely through the wooded area. Watch out for dogs off leash since I counted 18 owners of dogs who didn’t care about leash laws. Which for dog owners who follow the law, is very very frustrating.

Maya Benbrook
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Hiking

Great trail! Relatively flat.

James Grossman
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Hiking

Easier hike. The lake at the end is amazing. Couple blown down trees but easy to.go over/under.

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Christy Peden
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HikingMuddyRocky

Beautiful view would recommend getting up early enough to spend some time up there have a picnic and go for a swim!

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Hannah Hewitt
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Hiking

Amazing hike today. Well maintained trail. The parking lot was full but the trail itself did not see overcrowded at all! I wore hiking boots but it would be doable in tennis shoes as well. Highly recommend! Considering bringing your bathing suit or camping!

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Tricia Jarrett
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddy

Great time backpacking with my kids! Love this hike and the camp sites are wonderful. Several trees down but easy to navigate around.

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Ivy zhang
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HikingBugs

Fairly easy trail with such a rewarding view at the end! LOTS of mosquitoes!! So make sure you have a bug spray or something like that. The trail itself is pretty much flat and not rocky. That jade color water from the lake just blow my mind:)) Highly recommend spot for all level of hikers.

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