Packwood Lake Trail

Packwood, Washington

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One of the largest woodland lakes in the South Cascades is an easy stroll on a smooth, wide, and gentle trail. Camping, boating, and fishing continue undisturbed on a shore beloved by families since early in the century. All is not well, however. The outlet stream was dammed in 1963 for a power project. Although the permit states that the lake level is to be maintained, it is often lowered. But, worst of all, the dam was built 5 feet higher than it needed to be, so there is always the possibility that the power-hungry utility will flood the lakeshore. To add insult to injury, motorcycles, three-wheelers, and four-wheelers are allowed on the power company’s service road to the lakeshore. But there they stop. The lake itself is off-limits to them.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

One of the largest woodland lakes in the South Cascades is an easy stroll on a smooth, wide, and gentle trail. Camping, boating, and fishing continue undisturbed on a shore beloved by families since early in the century.

All is not well, however. The outlet stream was dammed in 1963 for a power project. Although the permit states that the lake level is to be maintained, it is often lowered. But, worst of all, the dam was built 5 feet higher than it needed to be, so there is always the possibility that the power-hungry utility will flood the lakeshore. To add insult to injury, motorcycles, three-wheelers, and four-wheelers are allowed on the power company’s service road to the lakeshore. But there they stop. The lake itself is off-limits to them.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Packwood
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: June-November
Trailhead Elevation: 2,700 feet
Top Elevation: 2,900 feet
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Packwood Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 302 Packwood; USFS Gifford Pinchot
Driving Directions: Directions to Packwood Lake Trail

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