Outdoors

Road to Packwood’s renowned Tatoosh Trail repaired, but work continues

The Tatoosh Trail offers views of Mount Rainier and much of the southern Cascades. A washout on Forest Road 5270 has been repaired making access to the trail easier.
The Tatoosh Trail offers views of Mount Rainier and much of the southern Cascades. A washout on Forest Road 5270 has been repaired making access to the trail easier. Staff writer

Don’t let the sign at the intersection of Skate Creek Road and Forest Service Road 5270 scare you away from hiking the Tatoosh Range this summer.

The sign warns that Road 5270 is closed 6.4 miles ahead because of a washout. However, the road has been repaired and the road is open all the way to the Tatoosh Trail trailhead.

The Tatoosh Trail is known for its unrelenting climb through the woods to jaw-dropping views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens. The trail is in Gifford Pinchot National Park and quickly crosses into the Tatoosh Wilderness.

The trail offers access to Tatoosh Lakes but the biggest views are from the ridge. A hike to the top of Tatoosh Mountain is about 9 miles round-trip and climbs about 3,200 feet.

While the washout on Road 5270 has been repaired, there were still work crews in the area the last week. Visitors should expect delays.

On Tuesday, crews were working to repair a damaged culvert that was threatening the integrity of the road.

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