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What I expected in the Pacific NW!

Think of this trail as a trail with multiple options. The first part, up to Frozen Lake, was an easy hike, as long as you don't fear heights. From there, there are multiple options including Burroughs Mt. and a return loop to Sunrise. Then there are 3 peaks to Burroughs Mt. At the first peak you have an option to take another loop back to Sunrise, continue to peak 2 or turn around and return to Sunrise. The hike from Frozen Lake to Peak 1 is fairly steep and had some snow but nothing to worry about. Then you go down hill and back up to peak 2. The most difficult part of the hike was between peak 2 and 3. It was fairly steep and a couple of large snow fields. But the view at the top was worth the hike. Overall, I'm glad I did this hike and recommend it. But you should be in good shape. Some of the inclines are steep and challenging.

Beautiful hike! We hit some pretty bad mosquitoes while down in the trees, but they were absent up in the meadows and higher.
Great views, fun glissading, a chilly polar plunge and very patient Park Rangers made for a very rewarding hike.

Wonderful afternoon hike on July 7th. Unfortunately we had to cut it short due to dinner plans so we turned around about half a mile past Frozen Lake. I intend to go back for the full course. What we did cover it was beautiful even though it was a bit overcast. It was moderately crowded with serious and tennis shoe hikers alike. Get there early to find parking. It gets full quickly on weekends.

camping
9 days 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!

7/6/2018 Incredible loop, my son and I hiked in from Berry Patch trailhead to Goat Lake with an overnight at Jordan Basin. The second day we went up to Hawkeye Point in the morning, then trotted the 4 miles back from camp to Berry Patch in the afternoon.

There is still a lot of snow: Goat Lake was still frozen over, with melt along the edges, and the campsites there were still in snow. The way from the Bypass Trail to Goat Lake was about 40-50% over snow, but easily navigable, with many short snow bridges over the numerous runoff streams. The scenery is magnificent as you come out above timberline on the Lily Basin Trail after the Snowgrass veers east to join the PCT. Enough wildflowers were out to provide constant interest. Camp at Jordan Basin was beautiful, with a view south to Mount Adams and water at the doorstep; we were alone except for a solo camper and several marmots. A cold night with a bit of skim ice on the water when we awoke.

The morning hike to Hawkeye (about 1,000 vertical from Jordan) was beautiful, with one long snow ridge (again, easily manageable). From Hawkeye we had a magnificent view taking in Rainier, Adams, the tip of Hood, and Mount St. Helens, only this last shrouded in clouds. Goat Lake is directly below.

The trail back to Berry Patch is a pleasant gradual descent through Jordan Basin and then into forest. Really an extraordinary hike, strenuous but not desperate on the way to Goat Lake.

Hiked to Burroughs II today. Had a few spots on the way up between Frozen Lake and the top of Burroughs 1 that you had to cross some snow but fairly easily handled with hiking boots and poles. Others were crossing in tennis shoes with little difficulty.

There was 2 places with snow between Burroughs 1 and 2. The second of those was wider and more difficult. We were able to navigate it but my 8 year old got nervous and said that he didn't want to do it again with snow like that.

Overall had a great time and you can't beat the views!

backpacking
10 days 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!

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
13 days 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.

Hiked this yesterday, on Fourth of July. Great trail along the river with beautiful waterfalls in a wooded setting. Perfect for hiking on a warm, sunny day if you want lots of shade and coolness from the water. Highly recommend. :)

hiking
14 days 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!

Loved it. Beautiful scenery all around! We went early September so we just missed the wildflowers, but it was still amazing.

on Packwood Lake Trail

18 days ago

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

Nice, easy hike. The trail is very wide in spots. Some parts of the trail are in very bad condition. A bridge near Narada Falls is bent toward the water. I didn't know if it was safe for crossing, but I did it anyway. Carter Falls and Madcap Falls are beautiful sights along the way. The hike was bug-free and there was no snow on the trail, just two patches to the side.

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
25 days 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.

6/16 - attempted to backpack this and there is more snow up there than I thought there'd be. 6+ ft of snow by the time you approach snow glass flats. More snow the further elevation you gain. Packed in pretty well, but we got hit with hard rain and the temp dropped quickly, so we hiked back out.

I went in late July and I can say that this is not for the inexperienced hiker, but a great first backpacking trip. I've not seen anywhere more gorgeous than this place in my 10 years in the Pacific Northwest. The scenery is breathtaking and diverse and I've never seen so many colorful wildflowers anywhere else.

DOG OWNERS BEWARE: there is snow traversing and swift creek crossings where the snow has created a bridge over the creeks, so if your pup slips in they might not get out. I have small dogs and I highly recommend a Ruffwear harness with a handle so you can (gently) toss your pups over to the other side while keeping them leashed (and keeping the leash snug around your wrist), just in case they do stumble in (also don't rely on the clipped part of the leash to stay fastened if this happens, tie the leash tight to the harness, and honestly small rope is preferred to a leash in this scenario).

Don't miss the view at the Goat Ridge lookout but BRING BUG SPRAY. There are mosquitoes all over the place, especially at many of the campsites, but the mosquitoes at the Goat Ridge lookout were intense. Totally worth it though because the views are great and also a great place to set up shop.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

Saw goats and snow....

hiking
1 month ago

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

backpacking
1 month 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.

Great hike at this time of year! We hiked up to Narada Falls and then came back down. Right after Madcap Falls there was a half a mile or so of snow, but it was easily hikeable with standard hiking boots. A pole could be helpful, but isn't necessary. This is the flattest stretch of the hike, so the snow actually made it much better of a hike. I would certainly recommend hiking this trail during this time of year.

camping
1 month 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
1 month 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.

Made it to Summerland but be prepared for snow. No good for running shoes right now as what snow is there is melting. Wet wet wet. I definitely plan on coming back after the melt to get the full experience.

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
1 month ago

Great mellow backpack- despite the hordes of other campers. Everyone was still friendly and found space for each other. Such a beautiful spot

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