Packwood Lake Trail is a one trailhead great outdoors trail, so in and out is the way to trek it normally. This hike should take you about 1.5 days, so make sure you've got all your overnight gear packed. Packwood Lake Trail is quite long, so do pack enough food to last the whole trip. With its 11.4 miles of walking distance; it's longer than many hiking trails. Packwood Lake Trail has a total elevation difference of 384 feet which is lower than average. The hiking trail stays roughly within the same elevation zone the whole time, so you won’t have to worry about different climate zones along your backcountry hike.