Packwood Lake and Coyote Ridge Loop

Packwood, Washington

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Packwood Lake is a huge subalpine gem with a scenic island and terrific views up to the snowy crags of Johnson Peak. It is also accessible along an easy trail from a trailhead reached by a good paved road. Not surprisingly, the place is very popular. What many visitors don’t realize, however, is that the lake is only the starting point for a magnificent backcountry loop. The trail along Coyote Ridge is one of the finest high-elevation ridge walks in our region, with outstanding views, plenty of wildlife, and abundant wildflowers. The amazing thing is that the ridge is so little traveled that you may have the entire route to yourself.

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"Packwood Lake is a huge subalpine gem with a scenic island and terrific views up to the snowy crags of Johnson Peak. It is also accessible along an easy trail from a trailhead reached by a good paved road. Not surprisingly, the place is very popular. What many visitors don’t realize, however, is that the lake is only the starting point for a magnificent backcountry loop. The trail along Coyote Ridge is one of the finest high-elevation ridge walks in our region, with outstanding views, plenty of wildlife, and abundant wildflowers. The amazing thing is that the ridge is so little traveled that you may have the entire route to yourself."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Packwood
Distance: 25.4
Elevation Gain: 4,350 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Season: Late July to August
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Cowlitz Valley Ranger District (Gifford Pinchot National Forest)
Local Maps: Green Trails: Packwood, White Pass

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Jun 2018