Packwood Lake Trail, Packwood

#125 of 141 in Trails in Washington State
Packwood Lake is a freshwater lake in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in the Cascade Mountains of Washington. It is located near the town of Packwood and is a popular day hiking and overnight camping area. The southern half of the lake lies within the Goat Rocks Wilderness area.
The lake was named after William Packwood, an early settler.
Packwood Lake lies at approximately above sea level and about southeast of Mount Rainier. Its main source of water is glacier-fed Upper and Lower Lake Creeks, which descend from Gilbert Peak (also known as Old Snowy Mountain). The lake is approximately long and wide.
The lake is held in place by a natural dam. Approximately 1,200 years ago, Snyder Mountain, which borders the lake to the northwest, broke and slid down into the (then) Lake Creek valley, effectively plugging it and forming the lake. Maximum depth is approximately. The island in the lake is officially named Agnes Island, and also referred to by locals as both Wizard Island or Enchantment Island. The island is protected by the US Forest Service and no landings are permitted there.
Packwood Lake is home to a genetically distinct species of rainbow trout. This trout has evolved for over a thousand years, separated from other populations of fish. It is known for its excellent taste, large size, and drab creamy coloring. Due to many years of stocking, however, the fish is becoming less and less prominent as its gene pool becomes diluted by stocked fish.
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  • OK it poured when we did this for most of the 4 hour total hike. Sun Came out at the lake, yeah. Walk through lots of forest, but easy, long walk. Return is back via same route. Lovely views at lake.....  more »
  • Tranquil surroundings, fresh air, just an all around amazing, peaceful place to relax and visit. Oh and the Elk roaming the town are extraordinary.  more »
  • Beautiful view and water is amazingly clear.
  • Photogenic lake. Beautiful view. Well maintained trail. Camping spots are nice, but unfortunately campers who don't practice leave no trace principles really suck. If you are going to poop in the woods, do it out of sight and smell or pack it out

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