Cascade Mountain Getaway

Nestled between three major peaks of the Cascades Range sits the small town of Packwood, a gateway to hiking, rafting, climbing, cycling, skiing, fishing and wildlife watching. With Mount Rainier rising in the north, Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams in the south, Packwood is uniquely near some of the most scenic sites in the Northwest. Packwood sits on the White Pass Scenic Byway, offering access to adventure in every direction.

You can explore the town, head into the wilderness, or both. Packwood makes a perfect home base for some of Washington’s most spectacular scenic drives, including White Pass, the Mount St. Helens Windy Ridge Loop and the Mount Rainier Loop, to name a few. For an easy, family friendly hike, take the 7.5-mile (round trip) trail to crystal-clear Packwood Lake.

After a day of adventure, Packwood Brewing Company will come to the rescue with a roundup of house-brewed craft beer; chose from their menu of tacos and quesadillas to stave off the hunger pangs (tip: the house-smoked carnitas are a winner).  

Packwood is located about 110 miles from Seattle and 140 miles from Portland, an easy drive for a day trip. But since you are in this stunning section of the Cascades, extend your stay by booking a cabin at Lumberjack Cabins,, or a room at Historic Hotel Packwood.  Also, be sure to stop in at Packwood Mercantile for a well-curated selection of goods (and an impressive selection of local beer), Find more information about Packwood at