May 08, 2010
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Packwood Lake
- Region: South Cascades -- Goat Rocks
- Agency: USFS Cowlitz Valley Ranger District, Packwood Office
- Trails: Packwood Lake (#78), (#)
- Avg Rating: 3.57
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Be Aware Of
The hike gained altitude for the first mile but then it was all down hill for the rest. I began to wonder when the next big hill was coming but it never did. There was a trace of snow near the lake but nothing to worry about on the trails.
We arrived at the lake around 10 AM with the sun upon us. Our aim was to catch a few trout so we headed off to the right side of the lake about ½ mile centered on the island. Although we tried floating worms or pink power eggs as well as setting them on the bottom we never got a single bite. I was amazed this early in the season since the lake had only been open for 3 weeks. Oh well, maybe we used the wrong color or got up there too late???
We noticed an ATV at the lake and asked the owner how he got there. Seems there is an access road that we didn’t know about that is open to ATVs, motorcycles, bikes, etc… Knowing that tells me why there were no fish… Anyway, we took the access road back which amazingly had more inclines and declines than the trail.
All around this hike would be a good one for a family with tweens but its not much of a challenge and did I mention there were no fish? Nice scenery though…