Seasonal Guide to Packwood, Washington

From the beauty of spring and fall colors to the wild adventures of summer and winter, Packwood, Washington, is a vacationer's paradise. If you're planning a vacation to the Pacific Northwest, there really is no "bad" time to visit.

Check out our seasonal guide below to discover the average weather, top activities, and key events you can expect to enjoy during your visit. If you're still looking for a vacation rental in the PNW, check out our selection of beautiful cabins and book your stay directly with TMC Vacation Rentals. 

Spring (March - May)

Packwood comes alive in the spring with blooming wildflowers and mild temperatures. The daily average highs range from 55°F (13°C) in March to 65°F (18°C) in May, while the lows range from 35°F (2°C) to 45°F (7°C).

Top Activities:

  • Wildflower Viewing: Hike through Mt. Rainier National Park to see the blooming wildflowers.
  • Fishing: Enjoy fishing in the Cowlitz River and nearby Riffe Lake.
  • Hiking: Lower-elevation trails are perfect for springtime hikes. May is also the start of Morel Season. See if you can spot any of these delicious mushrooms on your walks through the woods!

Key Events:

Summer (June - August)

Summer is warm and perfect for outdoor adventures. Average highs range from 75°F (24°C) in June to 85°F (29°C) in August, with lows from 50°F (10°C) to 60°F (16°C).

Top Activities:

  • Camping: Campgrounds offer stunning views and a chance to connect with nature.
  • Whitewater Rafting: Experience the thrill of rafting on the Cowlitz River.

Key Event:

  • Packwood Summer Rod Run: A multi-day celebration of unique cars featuring raffles, games, and trophies! Live music, food, and family fun for all.

Fall (September - November)

Fall brings vibrant foliage and crisp temperatures. Average highs range from 60°F (16°C) in September to 70°F (21°C) in November, and lows range from 40°F (4°C) to 50°F (10°C).

Top Activities:

  • Leaf Peeping: Drive through scenic byways to enjoy the stunning fall colors.
  • Biking: Mountain biking trails provide beautiful autumn scenery.

Key Event:

  • Fresh Hop Ale Festival: Less than an hour and a half from Packwood, this annual fall festival is a great addition to your vacation. Enjoy excellent craft beer, yard games, vendors, and more!

Winter (December - February)

Winter turns Packwood into a snowy wonderland. Average highs range from 35°F (2°C) in December to 45°F (7°C) in February, while lows range from 20°F (-6°C) to 30°F (-1°C).

Top Activities:

  • Skiing: Enjoy skiing at White Pass Ski Resort.
  • Snowshoeing: Explore winter trails in Mt. Rainier National Park and even right around your TMC vacation rental.
  • Snowmobiling: Discover the nearby Gifford Pinchot National Forest on a snowmobile.

Key Event:

  • Christmas pop-up events at White Pass Ski Resort, nearby Christmas parades in nearby Eatonville, Washington, and holiday festivities with Morton Loggers are all popular additions to a winter vacation in Packwood.