Cowlitz Trail 44

Packwood, Washington

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Hike into the lush southwestern portion of the William O. Douglas Wilderness, climbing to the plateau and passing Penoyer Lake before reaching the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Penoyer Lake, at 4, 940 feet elevation, is relatively small. It is a shallow lake with grasses growing over a large part of its area. Mountain heather and huckleberries, backed by subalpine timber, surround the shoreline. The Cowlitz Trail leaves the trailhead at 3,170 feet elevation, heading east. Soon the route appears to fork—bear left, the trail to the right is now abandoned.You will quickly enter the William O. Douglas Wilderness. Soon the trail climbs for a short distance, then levels to traverse a forested hillside.
Hiking Washington's William O. Douglas Wilderness

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Hiking Washington's William O. Douglas Wilderness

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

Hike into the lush southwestern portion of the William O. Douglas Wilderness, climbing to the plateau and passing Penoyer Lake before reaching the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Penoyer Lake, at 4, 940 feet elevation, is relatively small. It is a shallow lake with grasses growing over a large part of its area. Mountain heather and huckleberries, backed by subalpine timber, surround the shoreline.

The Cowlitz Trail leaves the trailhead at 3,170 feet elevation, heading east. Soon the route appears to fork—bear left, the trail to the right is now abandoned.You will
quickly enter the William O. Douglas Wilderness. Soon the trail climbs for a short distance, then levels to traverse a forested hillside.

©  Fred Barstad/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Packwood
Distance: 11
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best months: July–September.
Local Maps: USDA Forest Service Norse Peak and William O. Douglas Wilderness or White Pass USGS quad.
Driving Directions: Directions to Cowlitz Trail 44

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