The Best Backpacking in Packwood

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Top backpacking spots in and near Packwood

  • Packwood, Washington

    Hike Tatoosh Ridge from Tatoosh Trail #161

    12 mi / 4100 ft gain
    At the trailhead kiosk be sure to get one of the provided (and required) self-serve Wilderness Permit. Starting at the trailhead begin your initial accent following the marked trail on the side of the road. In the first two 2.5 miles you will climb 2,745 feet, it's hard but luckily a majority of ...
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  • Lewis County, Washington

    Hike Indian Bar - Cowlitz Divide via Box Canyon

    14.64 mi / 4235 ft gain
    There are multiple ways to access Indian Bar. This one starts at Box Canyon.   From the parking area at Box Canyon walk across the road and follow the signs for Wonderland Trail. Head up the Wonderland trail through the trees to the split with the Cowlitz trail. Continue on the Wonderland Trail...
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  • Packwood, Washington

    Backpack to Snow Lake

    3.8
    2.6 mi
    Snow Lake is a beautiful lake in Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. You can do the 2.6 mile roundtrip hike to the lake as either a day trip or as a backcountry camp. To camp at one of the two sites on the lake you must secure a permit from the permit office at Longmire.The hike to the sit...
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  • Randle, Washington

    Backpack the Goat Lake-Jordan Basin Loop

    5.0
    13 mi / 2400 ft gain
    This is one of my favorite hikes for Washington State. Aside from the massive volcanoes hanging out down here, the southern region of the cascades is much more tame compared to areas further north. As I mentioned in my Old Snowy report, a jaw dropping side trip from the loop trail, the Goat Rocks...
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  • Randle, Washington

    Summit Old Snowy Mountain

    5.0
    17 mi / 3800 ft gain
    The hike begins just outside of Packwood, Wa at the Berry Patch Trailhead Trail #96, sitting pretty at about 4200ft. The Goat Lake/Jordan Basin loop trail starts here, leading to Old Snowy. The magical Goat Rocks Wilderness area is just southeast of Mt. Rainier. It also lies right in the crosshai...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Hike Kautz Creek to Indian Henry's Hunting Ground

    11 mi / 2520 ft gain
    Named after the Native American who lived here prior to Mt. Rainier becoming a national park, So-To-Lick's was dubbed "Indian Henry" by the postman who unfortunately did not learn his name. When heading out on this hike, keep an eye on the weather in Mt. Rainier National Park. If hiking this trai...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Winter Camp at Glacier Vista

    5.0
    3 mi / 1000 ft gain
    It's always a good idea to check the weather, but when it comes to getting a peak at Mt. Rainier you might be better off just showing up and hoping for a miracle. To do this from Seattle, you'll have a 2 hour 20 minute drive down I-5 and WA-167. After a couple turns here and there (you can follow...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Backpack the Wonderland Trail

    4.8
    90 mi / 22000 ft gain
    Possibly one of the greatest loop hikes in the Lower 48, this trail sees a lot of use. You won't be alone out there, but opportunities for solitude are abundant with a little effort. The crowds show up for good reason - it's incredibly beautiful, relatively wild, and about as close to feeling l...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Hike to Camp Muir

    4.5
    8 mi / 4640 ft gain
    Pack your sunglasses because this is one snowy hike! Camp Muir is a perfect camping or extended day hike destination for anyone who wants to experience the enchantment of Mount Rainier without committing to the summit. Starting at the Paradise trailhead at almost 4700 feet up, a steep and extreme...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Climb Mt. Rainier via Disappointment Cleaver

    4.5
    13 mi / 8790 ft gain
    Mt. Rainier is a technical climb on all routes and is covered with glaciers all four seasons. It is not a mountain to learn mountaineering unless you hire a guide service who will help guide you up the mountain. With good weather and previous mountaineering experience, Mt. Rainier's Disappointmen...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Summit Mount Rainier via the Muir Route

    4.0
    16 mi / 9010 ft gain
    Starting at 5,400ft at Paradise Inn parking lot, the hike begins. Stops and breaks vary on the physical condition that you are in, but at around 2.2 miles you reach Muir snowfield. Depending on the weather (if you aren't wearing your climbing boots already) put of your boots and continue up the s...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Snowshoe to Panorama Point Mount Rainier National Park

    3.2 mi / 1700 ft gain
    Arrive at Longmire in Mount Rainier National park about 9a.m. They open the gate during the late season at this time so you will want to get ahead of the crowd, especially if it is a beautiful day! This time of year it is required to carry chains, so don't forget those. Arrive at Paradise parking...
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  • Ashford, Washington

    Paradise Glacier Caves via Skyline Trail Spur

    5.54 mi / 1280 ft gain
    Paradise Glacier Caves via Skyline Trail Spur is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Paradise Inn, Washington.
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  • Eatonville, Washington

    Hike to Gobbler's Knob

    4.0
    5 mi / 1500 ft gain
    Entering the Park from the Southwest Entrance, bear left when you approach the forking Westside Rd. This road has been closed a few miles in due to massive rockfall. When you reach the road closure, just park along the side of the road. In Spring and Summer, you should be able to see plenty of ot...
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  • Randle, Washington

    Hike to Goat Lake, Goat Rocks Wilderness

    3.7
    10.5 mi / 1400 ft gain
    The trip to Goat Lake starts at the Walupt Lake campground parking lot. You will start on the Walupt Lake Trail (#101) and a short distance from the campground, take Trail #98 (Nannie Ridge) as it branches off and climbs steeply northeast onto an open, scenic ridge top.Continue on to Sheep Lake, ...
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  • Randle, Washington

    Backpack the Snowgrass Flats, Cispus Basin, Nannie Ridge Loop

    4.8
    19.6 mi / 3000 ft gain
    Take three or four nights and check out some of the most epic views in the Pacific Northwest. Though you can do a shorter or faster route, I highly recommend you consider the 19-mile loop from the Snowgrass trailhead through Cispus Basin and Cispus Pass (6400'), and then back down Nannie Ridge. D...
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