Surprise Lake Trail

Packwood, Washington

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Most hikers enter the Goat Rocks Wilderness from the western side, but those who come in from the east find the wilderness just as beautiful and wild, and much less crowded. The Surprise Lake Trail is one of the few that enter from the east, and it is also one of the most gentle and scenic.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Most hikers enter the Goat Rocks Wilderness from the western side, but those who come in from the east find the wilderness just as beautiful and wild, and much less crowded. The Surprise Lake Trail is one of the few that enter from the east, and it is also one of the most gentle and scenic.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Packwood
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Late June-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,055 feet
Top Elevation: 5,255 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Naches Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 304 Rimrock, No. 303 White Pass, No. 335 Walupt Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Surprise Lake Trail

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