Packwood Lake

Packwood, Washington

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This lake is a popular summer destination for family campers, and it is even more impressive when visited in winter. The large lake is just outside the border of the Goat Rocks Wilderness Area, and an old service road slices through the forest alongside a water pipeline all the way to the dam at the lower end of the lake. The hike from the road end to the lake weaves through thick, old forest, and views are limited, but the local scenery makes up for the lack of distant sights.
Snowshoe Routes: Washington

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Snowshoe Routes: Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

This lake is a popular summer destination for family campers, and it is even more impressive when visited in winter. The large lake is just outside the border of the Goat Rocks Wilderness Area, and an old service road slices through the forest alongside a water pipeline all the way to the dam at the lower end of the lake. The hike from the road end to the lake weaves through thick, old forest, and views are limited, but the local scenery makes up for the lack of distant sights.

© 2015 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Packwood
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7 hours or 2 days
Season: Late January through early March
Additional Use: Snowmobiling
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails: Packwood No. 302
Driving Directions: Directions to Packwood Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

1/15/2003
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Having hiked this trail in the summer and fall seasons and witnessed why Mosquito Lake is named as such, I was very happy to be on the terrain again, this time without the mosquitos! This is a great snowshoe route where you can bite off as much as you'd like. The snow accumulation is very high as the winter goes on and you'll even see a few critters running around from time to time (rabbits, marmots, etc). Be careful though of the snowmobilers. It seems to be a popular spot for them. Enjoy!



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