Packwood Lake Trail

Packwood, Washington 98361

Packwood Lake Trail

Packwood Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide

"One of the largest woodland lakes in the South Cascades is an easy stroll on a smooth, wide, and gentle trail. Camping, boating, and fishing continue undisturbed on a shore beloved by families since early in the century.

All is not well, however. The outlet stream was dammed in 1963 for a power project. Although the permit states that the lake level is to be maintained, it is often lowered. But, worst of all, the dam was built 5 feet higher than it needed to be, so there is always the possibility that the power-hungry utility will flood the lakeshore. To add insult to injury, motorcycles, three-wheelers, and four-wheelers are allowed on the power company’s service road to the lakeshore. But there they stop. The lake itself is off-limits to them."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
2,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,900 feet
Top Elevation
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Packwood Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 302 Packwood; USFS Gifford Pinchot
Local Maps