Packwood Lake Trail

MODERATE 78 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
1991 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

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.

hiking
12 days 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
1 month 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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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
1 month ago

hiking
2 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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2 months ago

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hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail to a beautiful lake! Don't take the road back... Very rocky...But does save a mile on the hike length.

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

I went to Lost Lake via Packwood Lake Trail #78 for an overnighter. It was 8.1 miles one-way and took 4.5 hrs, with an elevation gain of almost 3000 ft.

Packwood Lake Parking Lot was full Saturday morning at 11am. I took the lower trail and cruised to the Jct of Upper Lake Creek Trail #81 by 12:30pm and started UP to Lost Lake. Made it to Lost Lake at 3:40 pm. 4hr, 40min.

Lost Lake is snow free with the exception of a few shady spots. There was a report from a camper at Lost Lake on a hay hike of snow on Packwood Lake Trail #78 on the ridge headed toward the Old Lookout Site which took care to cross but doable.

There were a few campsites available. I hiked around toward the tip of the lake and couldn't find any other sites, so I took a smaller one, perfect for me. Camped in the back yard of a group of 4 near me. That said, it was pretty private and quite and I could hardly tell they were there. Nice folks! Lost was was beautiful and surrounded by high ridges, with trees, small meadows and the Old Lookout Site that couldn't be seen from our vantage but a trail could be seen leading to it.

Day 2 was great and took my time packing up to leave. Left Lost Lake at 10:50am and arrived at Packwood Lake Parking Lot at 2:30pm. 3hr, 40min total. Definitely faster coming down then going up by an hour.

For the most part, this hike is moderately difficult only for the section from Packwood Lake to Lost Lake. Still and all...definitely well worth the effort.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Awesome camping

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great Hike. Pretty much level the whole way. The bugs are awful at the lake though so remember your spray. Lots of horse crap on the trail that you need to maneuver around. Came across two unleashed dogs however and just because you say they won't bother my dog doesn't mean he feels the same way. Keep them leashed please!!

hiking
3 months ago

Its a great hike for beginners even though it is 9ish miles. The elevation is really not that bad at all and if you have a group with great conversations the hike goes by really fast. The view is great. For some reason though on my way back, I was bombarded by tons of mosquitoes which kind of sucked.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike today!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike lead by my 71 year old father to the lake where we swam. I recommend the swim on a warm day to wake you.