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

backpacking
12 days 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!

Hard as hell for a beginner but worth it

snowshoeing
2 months ago

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

backpacking
2 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.

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.

backpacking
3 months ago

Last June (2017), we decided end our two week long rode trip with a mini backpacking trail, and this is where we ended up! It was definitely not a trail for beginner hikers, as it took me three and a half hours to go up, and then two hours back down. But it sure was worth it! The views were STUNNING! The lakes were perfect and there was just the right amount of snow that it cooled off the heat from the June sun. We hiked to a little ridge to watch the sunset over the Cascades and damn was it beautiful! We just brought out our little tents and camped off the trail a bit and had a great night. Amazing spot to hike in the summer.

hiking
4 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
4 months ago

Lots of snow, had to park on the main road and hike to the TH. Trail was untouched with deep snow in some areas, easy to navigate still. snowshoes would be highly recommended!

hiking
6 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
7 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.

great place to hike went there while it was raining and had no problems going up or down..and with my 5 year old! :)

Did this loop with some friends in July. I want to do it again this month!!!

Great little hike. About an hour to teeley from 251 post. road is fine for most vehicles until the final turn where it gets fairly unpassable for regular use vehicles. using these directions, you cam stop about .3 of a mile short of the trail head and not have any problems. Teeley lake and Granite are great. Not too many people passing through. Camping sites availible. Bring bugspray for spring-fall seasons.

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.

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.

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.

Crowded but worth the trip! Amazing views from Goat Lake.

hiking
9 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.

Did a day hike to Snowgrass Flats and almost to Goat Lake before having to return. The road is in good shape except for some washboard areas. Trail in good condition, but a fair amount of traffic for a Wednesday. Wildflowers are in full bloom.

We backpacked to Bertha May Lake Sunday afternoon. The first quarter mile to Pothole Lake is easy, the remaining 3/4 mile hike to Bertha May Lake is mostly uphill with switch backs. The campsite is comfortable and scenic, but is along the trail to Granite Lake, so was busy with numerous families hiking through to Granite Lake to swim. By evening, everyone was gone and we encountered no hikers Sunday evening or Monday morning. Driving directions to the trailhead on Outdoor Project are misleading ('unmarked' NR84 is marked and closer to the main road than indicated). High clearance is required to drive the last 1/4 mile.

this was a amazing hike, makes you feel on top of the world, nice & clean little camp spots. its a must backpacking trip.

This was a great hike!! Loved the views they where amazing!! Will definitely do this hike again!!

hiking
10 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.

While you must cross a few snow patches, they are not a problem if you walk where others have walked. This is a gorgeous hike. I camped at Goat Lake (still frozen), where there are 5-6 very nice flat campsites nearby that have no snow. I also hiked on the Lily Flats trail up to the ridge above Goat Lake. Spectacular view from there of Mount Rainier, as well as views of St. Helens, Adams, and even the tip of Hood. One nice thing is, that though there are mosquitos at the trailhead, once you get about 1000 feet higher, there are none!

Beautiful hike!!! We did there full goat lake loop + Old snowy. There are still many snow patches that was difficult to pass.

backpacking
10 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.

Awesome camping

hiking
10 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
10 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.

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