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North Cascades Highway
Surrounded by the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and minutes from Mt. Rainier National Park, Packwood has unlimited recreational opportunities such as trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding including the Pacific Crest Trail, fishing, boating, canoeing and kayaking in one of the many rivers, lakes and streams. Winter activities at nearby White Pass include snow skiing and snowboarding. Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument is 30 miles away and provides hiking and educational opportunities. Don't forget to make time for the flea market held twice a year on the Memorial and labor Day weekends. For complete information on what to do in Packwood, explore this page.
Western Washington Sports Car Council. Hampton Mills: 12832 Highway 12, Packwood, WA 98361.
The community organized flea market, held every Memorial and Labor Day weekends, feature antiques, toys, tools, homemade crafts, food vendors and more.
Packwood Mountain Festival. 12990 Highway 12, Packwood, WA 98361.
This three day event features live music, square dance demo, Native American drum ceremony, Dutch oven demos and food samples, quilt show, crafts, chili feed, a walking tour of historic Packwood, art displays by local artists, craft show plus special museum displays.
Popular fishing spots in this area include Packwood Lake, Walupt Lake and the Cowlitz River. Catch trout, pike and Chinook salmon. Get all the fishing information at the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Outdoor recreation in Gifford Pinchot Forest has unlimited possibilities such as trails for hiking, including the Pacific Crest Trail, water activities such as canoeing, kayaking, rafting, boating and fishing in one of the many rivers or lakes. Horseback riding and camping is also available as well as OHV riding and cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months.
Packwood Lake is reached by an easy 4 mile hike. Located east of Packwood, this lake is adjacent to the Goat Rocks Wilderness providing an excellent view of Johnson Peak. There is trail access into the Wilderness. Fishing is good in the late spring.
Mt. Rainier National Park
Mt. Rainier National Park has hundreds of miles of trails for hiking, boating, fishing and snow activities. Guides are available for climbing Mt. Rainier.
Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, hunting, fishing, boating, cross country snow skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, climbing and OHV riding.
White Pass. 48935 Highway 12, White Pass, Packwood, WA 98937. Phone: 509-672-3101; Snowline: 509-672-3100.
Located 17 miles east of Packwood, White Pass offers all of the favorite snow activities, skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
Washington Trails Association provides a description of hiking around the lake and other information such as location and directions.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Day Hike! Mount Rainier: The Best Trails You Can Hike in a Day, 3rd Edition by Ron C. Judd. This guide features over 50 of the best trails for day hikes. Each trail is rated and range from easy-moderated to difficult-extreme. Also included are topographical maps, trail descriptions and photographs. Order now...
Adventure Guide to Mount Rainier: Hiking, Climbing and Skiing in Mt. Rainier National Park by Jeff Smoot. Includes descriptions of tourist trails, nature trails, off-trail hiking, bike routes, minor peak scrambling, skiing and snowshoeing areas, and of course, summit routes. Order now...
Mount Rainier: A Climbing Guide by Mike Gauthier. This edition presents the latest information on logistics, regulations and permits. Expanded material on understanding and surmounting Rainier's glaciers, help selecting a guide service, excellent mountaineering training sites around Rainier and bonus routes on adjacent Little Tahoma, Washington's third highest peak. Order now...
Hidden Washington: Including Seattle, Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Olympic Peninsula, Cascades and Columbia River Gorge (Hidden Travel) by Eric Lucas. This author gets to know each community by going from neighborhood to neighborhood. This book will take you to all the great spots while describing both the famous attractions and hidden favorites. Order now...
Great Places: Washington: A Recreational Guide to Washington's Public Lands and Historic Places for Birding, Hiking, Photography, Fishing, Hunting and Camping by John Kruse. The geology, animal and plant life, and history of Washington's most-storied and scenic locales, including the best local lodging and amenities are explained in this full color guide. Order now...
Wild Roads Washington: 80 Scenic Drives to Camping, Hiking Trails, and Adventures by Seabury Blair Jr. This adventure guidebook details the forest roads of Washington with information on hikes off each route as well as driving routes that provide scenic vistas almost as good as those reached by foot. Order now...
Birds of Washington State by Brian H. Bell and Gregory Kennedy. This book has interesting facts and useful information such as illustrations and range maps plus notes covering habitat, nesting, feeding and similar species, a glossary of terms and separate indexes for scientific and common names. Order now...
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