Packwood Lake #78,Upper Lake Creek #81
Jul 05, 2008
- 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
I hiked into Packwood Lake on Saturday afternoon. The trail is snow free and passes as a super freeway for hikers. It is in excellent shape. I set up camp and then proceeded up as far as Mosquito lake on the #78. A few downed trees but nothing serious. No snow until right at Mosquito Lake near the junction at Three Peaks. Another couple said that they made it to near Lost Lake and the snow was pretty much a 100% cover. Within a couple of day, the campsites at Mosquito Lake should be dry enough to use.
The evening at the lake was wonderful despite some light rain. Despite almost all flat ground covered with a tent, it was extremely quiet as everyone (save for a couple of kids playing on the lake shore) spoke in hushed tones.
On Sunday morning, I got up and hiked as far as I could on the #81 trail (Upper Lakes) just short of 4 miles to below the Packwood saddle. Occasionally, trail finding and stream crossings got interesting. No big deal.