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Packwood Lake Trail

MODERATE 292 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

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

A beautiful lake and 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.

hiking
snow
5 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Easy trail, currently in great condition, nice and quiet on November weekday. Beautiful forest trail opens up to breathtaking views of Packwood Lake. Looks like a great spot to camp, perfect for a day hike though. Highly recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked out yesterday and the trail was in great shape. 4-5 muddy spots throughout the 4 1/2 miles to the lake that you can walk around, which is no big deal. A little shady so dress warmer than usual.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Hiked today 10/26/19. Road was in great shape. Trail had several muddy spots but no big deal. Great day.

hiking
washed out
1 month ago

Didn’t do hike as road to trailhead was washed out 3 miles before trailhead.

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muddy
2 months ago

Fall colors are peak perfect!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Easier hike than expected. A few patches of mud and puddles but overall the trail was in great shape. The lake is absolutely beautiful. We had a nice picnic.

hiking
2 months ago

The lake was unbelievably beautiful

hiking
2 months ago

Another Awesome hike! Met with Ranger O'Brien there and he was very nice and helpful. Lake was beautiful as always!

hiking
2 months ago

Great day, shade, no bugs, look out for horse poop

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

The forest trail stands on its own as a wonderful hike but the view as the lake opens is an unexpected feast for the senses. We walked in and out in one day but next time we’ll plan on staying over night or two. Lots of dogs and families on the trail and at the lake.

hiking
bugs
closed
muddy
no shade
3 months ago

My daughter (19yrs old) and I did this trail last week. It felt like ten miles but was a little less. As you start it’s pretty much an incline for a few miles. Evens out at one point and then up again and then decline towards the lake. You will sweat. Bugs. Not many good views but you can sort of see Rainer peeking through the trees. Some parts have no shade. Bugs. Closed because the bathroom was closed at the lake. Only bathroom is at the trailhead. But overall a decent time spent. Lake is beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

This is not 1500 feet. More like 600 feet at the most. Still a very beautiful hike. Would be good for a group of hikers!

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

This is the second time I have completed this trail and it was lovely both times! Great for older kids, it is a nice 4.5 miles in, spend a bit of time at the lake then turn around and head back. It is shaded most of the way, so I would recommend sunscreen for the pale hikers and kiddos out there. I also recommend a light spritz of big spray!

hiking
4 months ago

This hike is a good intro to backpacking! Not too difficult, but just the right challenge. I’ve done this hike in the winter with snow and summer for backpacking season. I highly recommend all year-round!

hiking
4 months ago

It's has been a few years since I backpacked and I was hoping to find just the right trail to get my out of shape butt to a destination without dying. Lol. This trail was fantastic! The incline (I was not meant to go up!) was very gradual, it was a lovely, shaded hike. I loved it and my dog loved it! Some rocky parts but nothing that can't easily be done. Once I got to the lake there were already people there. I was able to snag a prime spot for a lake view. But it was right on the trail which didn't leave a lot of room for privacy. I would recommend trying further down the lake to see if you can get something a little more isolated. I got to the trail 7am on Saturday. Made it to that lake by 9:30am... only saw 1 other couple on the trail. On my way back to the parking...left campsite a little before 7 I saw 3 groups of people. I suggest going early to avoid running into people. Loved every second of this trip and will be back!! $5 per day fee

hiking
4 months ago

Great family day hike. The dog enjoyed it too. Lake was amazingly clear and refreshing. Definitely going back.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing! Can’t wait to come back!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail ! Rewarded by an amazing turquoise lake at the end of the trail. Back to Packwood for a brewski!

hiking
4 months ago

Relatively flat with some rolling cuts—easy in and out. My 10 and 13-year-old daughters had no problem with 20 lbs on their back. Always a fun one to do some fishing and spend some quiet time on a lake. Plenty of camp sites around the lake.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy long hike with a beautiful lake at the end. We hiked on a Tuesday and the trail was very quiet. My dog enjoyed as well.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a very easy trail with barely any elevation gain. If you hike about half way out to the lake then it ends up being about a 5 to 6 mile hike each way but it's definitely worth it for the views!

hiking
5 months ago

Such a beautiful trail! The terrain changed throughout the whole hike to keep the scenery exciting the entire trip out. We went on a Sunday, just for a day hike, and we passed a lot of friendly campers heading back to the parking lot leaving the lake super quiet when we arrived. The lake is absolutely stunning with an epic mountain view right when you reach the small beach. Totally worth the hike out there - no big inclines or climbs, just a pleasant trek with a great reward.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy moderate trail well maintained. Parking lot was full so suggest getting there early. Very dog friendly and their were plenty. Lake is beautiful with several camp sites which were full. Wilderness pass available opposite side of the lake. Ranger was there with good info, frequents often. Fishing was fair from the shore brought in 1 trout. Great day hike look forward to overnight next time.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful overnight trip. Got to the trailhead around noon on a Saturday, surprised that there weren’t a lot of cars in the parking lot. Very light traffic hiking in, great conditions. Had to hike another mile to find a campsite as they were filling up quickly. Only slightly buggy at the site, with beautiful views of the sunset. Hiking out we saw more traffic, nothing crazy. Amazing trip overall!

5 months ago

Great peaceful hike... beautiful scenery. Definitely bring water and a snack, roughly 90 min to and back. The lake is gorgeous

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