Glacier Lake

Packwood, Washington 98361

Glacier Lake

Glacier Lake Professional Review and Guide

"When you want peace and a place to enjoy nature, look no further than Glacier Lake. The hike in is through mossy Northwest forest, with a side of playful creek, babbling as you travel. At the end, picnic at a large alpine lake with views of several forested peaks.

The lakeshore is rather loggy and not ideal for swimming, but this is a tranquil place to enjoy mountain scenery. The relatively short hike makes for a perfect day trip, too, with plenty of time to spare for grabbing a burger and exploring the sights back in Packwood."

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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."

"Trek up the heavily timbered canyon to one of the lower-elevation lakes in Goat Rocks Wilderness. Because of its relatively low elevation, this makes a good early season (June) hike. A thick forest of fir cedar and hemlock surrounds Glacier Lake, at 2,905 feet elevation. Just as you reach the lake, there are a couple of possible campsites."

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Trail Information

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1,435 feet
Elevation Gain
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Best May through October
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails Packwood No. 302
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Oct 2018