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

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

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.

horseback riding
3 days ago

Easy trail with little ups and downs. Rain forest woods so nice and cool when it’s a hot day. Very quiet in November. Beautiful tourquoise colored lake with a view of a mountain from either end.

hiking
1 month ago

Road in and trail are in good shape. Other than 1 rotten tree down near the lake it’s a hike just about anyone can do. Can see why it’s one of the most used trails in the area. Lots of campsites and a few facilities once you get to the lake. Definitely is the flattest 1500 feet of elevation I’ve ever climbed lol. For the middle of October it was some great weather. Low 60s and lots of sun.

1 month ago

As long as you don't expect grand views of the neighboring sites the walk to Lake Packwood was very nice.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked to Lost Lake via Packwood Lake Trail #78 Sunday of Labor Day Weekend for an overnighter. 20 miles RT (counting a 4 mile RT to the Old Lookout above Lost Lake), with 4216ft elevation gain including Old Lookout that took 5hrs to Lost Lake.

As expected, the parking lot was packed and started a second parking row. Arrived and on the trail by 9am. Arrived at the Packwood Lake in 1.5 hrs, had a snack and continued on Packwood Lake Trail #78 UP 4 miles to Lost Lake. This section is step climbing approx. 2500 ft. Mosquito Lake is overgrown by brush and not really suitable to stay, however there is a nice campsite next to it. Afterward there is a nice meadow with the first views of the Goat Rocks. From there the Junction of Coyote Trail #79 is just ½ mile and Lost Lake is another ½ mile after that. I arrived at Lost Lake at 2:15pm.

I made camp, had lunch and left for a 2 mile side trip up to the Old Lookout site above Lost Lake. Left at 3:30 and arrived at 5pm. Beautiful. There is a 360 degree view including Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, The Goat Rocks, Old Snowy and the White Pass ski lifts. Spent 30 minutes up there and headed back. Made it back by 6:30pm.

From the Old Lookout, down to Lost Lake and to the Junction of Coyote Trail #79 is part of the detour of the PCT around the Miriam Fire near White Pass.

Lost Lake had a lot of people, and some sites were open. There are at least 6 sites with lake access, maybe more. 2 were open. The water level at Lost Lake was VERY LOW, about 12-15 ft below years past. There are more camp sites available, however they don’t have lake access, but a seasonal stream is nearby. They are about ½ mile past the lake.

Going down the next day was quick and took 3.5 hrs vs 5 hrs going in. Tough hike after Packwood Lake but easy starting and finishing. Lost Lake is beautiful and a peaceful place to camp with no bugs this trip anyway. Well worth the effort!

backpacking
2 months ago

Great 2 night trip. Bugs were not a problem. Lots of other people around but there are plenty of campsites if you dont insist on being at the lake. Roads have a lot of washboard but if you drive a reasonable speed any car can handle them without issue.

backpacking
2 months ago

Trail is maintained well and we found lots of spots near the lake. Bugs weren’t much of a problem (August 19). Total burn ban is in effect so no camp fires. Great for a 1-night backpack.

backpacking
2 months ago

Great hike! Awesome payoff! Went in using the actual hiking trail, easy and clear except for a few horse pies!

backpacking
3 months ago

the trails and campsites are enjoyable, and the lake is beautiful.

The mosquitoes are out in full force right now, so be prepared for that. the minute you stop walking, they start to swarm.

if you go during the week you'll have your pick of the sites and plenty of solitude.

There's lots of trash at the campsites, though, so please remember to pack out whatever you bring, and any trash other people left behind.

3 months ago

Great hike through the trees. Lake is beautiful. Plenty of places up around the lake to be secluded from others. My husband and son caught 4 trout. Hike is not strenuous, little elevation gain. Took about an hour and a half for our family of 4 to get there. Bugs weren't terrible, but we had bug spray. Would definitely hike again if in the area.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked to Packwood Lake today with my son and grandson. Beautiful day. Sunny and warm with cool breeze every now and then.

The parking lot was full as you'd expect on a nice weekend day. We left in about 12:30pm. Round trip counting the time spent at the lake was 5hrs. The trail is mostly flat with one way elevation gain of 900ft. Easy. There were lots of people at the lake. Lots of tents and people overnighting. We found a nice spot by the water had snacks and had fun. The return trip always seems longer on the trail for some reason and saw about 5 horses total and a small group packing up their ATV's to come back.

This is a great hike and one for he whole family.

camping
4 months 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
4 months 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!

4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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!

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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
4 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months ago

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

backpacking
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months 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
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months 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!!

5 months ago

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

backpacking
6 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!

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