Some Pack Forest trails will be closed to all August 14-October 15 for forest operation. Click here to see a map of closed areas.


Pack Forest is open to hikers. Limited parking is available in the lot by the administration building and the Arboretum lot until dusk. All vehicles still in that lot after dusk will be towed at the owner’s expense.


Remember the health and safety of our staff, students and surrounding community are our top priority at Pack Forest. Please pay attention to the following:


  1. Keep your pet on a leash, and always clean up after your pet. Pack out pet waste.
  2. No unauthorized motorized vehicles of any kind are allowed.
  3. Park in designated, hard surfaced, parking areas only. If the parking lot is full, we suggest you postpone your hike.
  4. Pack Forest hiking hours coincide with daylight hours.
  5. There is one portable toilet near the trailhead in the upper lot. It is serviced weekly. Please be considerate of all other hikers.
  6. Pack it in, pack it out. Do not leave litter on the trails, trailheads, or parking lots. Please take your garbage home including pet waste.
  7. Stay on designated trails only!


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Hunting at Pack Forest is permitted only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the hunting season. State regulations apply. Pack Forest is closed to hunting Monday through Thursday.


Mount Rainier Institute

In partnership with Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Rainier Institute programs provide hands-on field science investigations in an amazing outdoor “classroom.” Students in grades 4-12 develop science skills, connect to nature, and build community. Our experienced educators work closely with teachers to customize a three- to five-day program in ways that best fit the school’s curriculum. It is an educational adventure students remember for a lifetime.


Pack Forest

Pack Forest provides a field location for faculty, staff, and students from the University of Washington's School of Environmental and Forest Sciences to teach, study, conduct research, and demonstrate modern forest management.


Pack Forest provides a number of opportunities for you or your group to learn about forest ecology, forest management, new ideas in forestry, and what we're doing at Pack today.


Pack Forest also provides opportunities for the public to hike, bike, horseback ride, stroll or roll along a barrier-free self guided trail, or hunt during hunting season. Download Map Here


For more information on operations, timber sales, or other forest-related business, please contact Chase Beyer, Forest Manager. He can be reached by email at