More Mountain Adventures: Ski Resort, High Country Lakes and More

White Pass Ski Area

Pacific Coast TrailAfter an expansion doubled its size, the White Pass Ski Area is a haven for people seeking the glories of powder during the winter.

Late spring, summer and early fall activities at the pass include hiking, bird watching, fly fishing at Leech Lake, lake fishing at Dog Lake, mountain biking, swimming, wildlife viewing, driving tours and huckleberry picking.

Best Bets:

• Hogback Basin — This 750-acre expansion area is friendly to intermediate-level skiers and features a mountain lodge.

• Winter Carnival — Held the first weekend in March, includes a no-holds-barred ice sculpting competition that has included a fire-breathing dragon made with a welding torch.

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High-Country Lakes

For fishing or hiking, car-camping or a far-away retreat, there are many alpine lakes, waterfalls and trails in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Best Bet:

• Packwood Lake — Just a short drive and four-mile hike from the East Lewis County community of Packwood, this 42-acre lake is on the edge of the untrammeled wilderness. The view of an island in the middle of the lake is unforgettable, and the late-summer water is the perfect temperature for swimming.

The trailhead is located on Forest Road 1260. Contact the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District at Randle (360-497-1100) for advice on trails in the area.

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Pacific Crest Trail

The world-famous Pacific Crest Trail winds through huckleberry patches and opens into several areas in this well-traveled stretch of the trail that runs from Mexico to Canada.

Best Bet:

• The trail crosses U.S. Highway 12 at White Pass, making access to this hiking opportunity very easy. Hikers can plan a long camping trip, or any number of short day trips.

A variety of scenic lakes can be accessed from Lewis County via the Pacific Crest Trail.

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