Packwood, Washington

Attractions

Wondering what to see while visiting Packwood? Explore one of the tumbling waterfalls, drive the scenic White Pass Byway, learn the area's history at the museum. Take in the breathtaking scenery of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, nearby Mt. Rainier National Park or Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

Museum

White Pass Country Museum. 12990 Highway 12, PO Box 958, Packwood, WA 98361. Phone: 360-494-4422.

National Forest

Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Located in southwest Washington, Gifford Pinchot Forest is one of the oldest National Forests in the United States. Over 1.3 million acres, Gifford Pinchot includes the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

National Parks

Mt. Rainier National Park
Mt. Rainier Park consists of five developed areas; Longmire, Paradise, Ohanapecosh, Sunrise, and Carbon/Mowich. A Washington icon, Mt. Rainier, the highest peak in Washington, stands at 14,410 feet and spans six major rivers and is one of the most active volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest. Visitors will be impressed with the old growth forests dating back as much as 200 hundred years, picturesque waterfalls and hundreds of miles of trails, including one that stitches the circumference of the mountain, more than 92 miles in total. State roads link its borders with cities on every side of the park, affording easy access during the summer months.

Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Open year-round, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument has numerous viewpoints, miles of trails, visitor centers, interpretive areas and amphitheater presentations about the area.

Scenic Byway

White Pass Scenic Byway. PO Box 957, Packwood, WA 98361. Phone: 360-494-2223.

The White Pass Byway, 124 miles long, twists and turns through the forests of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier National Park before ascending to Eastern Washington. This is a popular byway for exploring Mt. Rainier and Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and for viewing wildlife such as Bald Eagles, Rocky Mountain Elk, Mountain Goats and Bighorn Sheep to name a few. The web site features various points of interest that include a description and the mile post of the location.

Waterfalls

Waterfalls near Packwood in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

  • Camp Creek Falls Trail #260
    A short hike leads to a 30 foot waterfall.
  • Goat Creek Trail #205
    This trail starts on Road 2750 and the trailhead is accessed via private lane. About a half mile into the 5-1/2 mile hike, the trail passes underneath waterfalls and then follows Goat Creek.
  • Iron Creek Falls Trail #91
    Located on Road 25 near the junction with Road 99, this trail is for hiking only. Here you will see a waterfall tumbling over a ledge of rock.

Click on the link to view the photo gallery of each waterfall. http://ww.fs.usda.gov/photogallery/giffordpinchot/home/gallery/?cid=2317&position=Promo

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