What’s Waiting For You At The End Of This Hike In Washington Is Unforgettable
Washington is a total hiker’s paradise, and we Washingtonians know it. We’ve got so many beautiful options across the state that sometimes it’s easy to forget about some of our hidden gems. You’ll find the Packwood Lake Trail in South Central Washington off of US 12 near the town of Packwood, and it leads to one of the most beautiful lakes in the state.
The Packwood Lake Trail is a 9-mile trail (4.5 miles each way), but it’s considered a fairly easy hike. The trail is usually open from April until October, so you can view the changing scenery and weather of three seasons. Pedestrians and equestrians are allowed on the trail, but mountain bikes, motorcycles and ATVs are prohibited.
Pack everything you’ll need before you hit the trail - snacks, water, bug spray and sunscreen. There used to be a grocery store near the lake, but there haven’t been any provisions there since the 80s. Come prepared.
After a nice 4.5-mile walk, you’ll reach picturesque Packwood Lake.
A partial view of Mount Rainier peeks over the hills to greet you.
There’s so much to love about Packwood Lake. The trail is suitable for hikers of all ages and physical abilities. There’s always room to find a spot to hang out on the lakeshore, even on a hot sunny summer day. Feel free to fish from the shores or a paddle boat. Motorboats are prohibited, which only enhances the quiet, peaceful vibe.
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