As a family, we have been going to Packwood, WA for the past 18 years, we love it.

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We love summer as much as we love winter.

We call it, “the place where God kissed the earth”.

Here is our TOP 10 LIST of THINGS TO DO IN SUMMER at our cabins (all within a few miles)!  You can book one of our 4 Packwood cabins at http://www.greatnorthwestcabins.com or call 503-492-8783 from 9-9 PST!  Stay with the best on Mt Rainier!

1. Relax…you can’t help but do this at the cabin in these amazing settings.

Relaxing on the porch at the Mt View Cabin!

2. Have a campfire, make smores and watch the stars.

Campfire at the cabin under the stars!

3. After dinner hike either the Grove of the Patriach old growth forest trail or Silver Falls trail, its light till late!

The Grove of the Patriachs Old Growth Forest Trail

4. Walk downtown Packwood, get a coffee at the Butter Butte or a hamburger at Cliff Droppers…delicious!

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5. Swim in the outdoor heated pools that are surrounded by mt peaks!  (you have to stay at the Timberline or Forest Ridge to do that)!

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6. Fish the Cowlitz River or an upper alpine lake – our caretakers will tell you how to get there and catch em!

Fishing with dad on the Cowlitz

7. Head to one of the many lakes off highway 12 (see our blog about it) and jet ski, raft, kayak, picnic and swim!

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8. Elk hang out at the Cowlitz River Hotel in the evening.  If you haven’t seen any elk at the cabin, head out after dinner and drive to town.  Count them too.  How many bulls (males with antlers) and how many cows (females – yes that is a funny name).  Did you see any babies?

Elk in downtown Packwood

9. Bike up  6 mi Snyder Road to the Packwood Lake trail head.  Take along a snack and share it as you enjoy the view! Then head back down the 6 mi road – it’s all downhill from here!

The Packwood Valley

10. Attend the Memorial Day or Labor Day Flea Market in Packwood.  From the Mt View or the Alpine Chalet you can walk there and do not need to pay for parking.  With over 500 vendors and 10,000 visitors you will be wowed all weekend with good eats and treasures galore.  Book early because those 2 holiday weekends book fast!

The Packwood Flea Markets