Glacier Lake Trail

Packwood, Washington

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Climbing just 800 feet in 2 miles, this is one of the best trails in the South Cascades for families and kids. Not only is the going easy, but it’s also a pretty hike that ends at a beautiful alpine wilderness lake. The trail follows Glacier Creek through old Douglas-fir and hemlock forest to a rock-filled basin around the cold, clear waters of Glacier Lake. Late-summer hikers find bushels of huckleberries growing along the route, and anglers can try for the big rainbow trout that lurk in the depths of the lake.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Climbing just 800 feet in 2 miles, this is one of the best trails in the South Cascades for families and kids. Not only is the going easy, but it’s also a pretty hike that ends at a beautiful alpine wilderness lake.

The trail follows Glacier Creek through old Douglas-fir and hemlock forest to a rock-filled basin around the cold, clear waters of Glacier Lake. Late-summer hikers find bushels of huckleberries growing along the route, and anglers can try for the big rainbow trout that lurk in the depths of the lake.

© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Packwood
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Late June-October
Trailhead Elevation: 2,170 feet
Top Elevation: 2,905 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: USFS Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 302 Packwood
Driving Directions: Directions to Glacier Lake Trail

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