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Hugo Peak

Time-frame for today: 8:30A-3:00P

Meetup at 512 P&R: 8:30 (depart 8:45)

ETA at Hugo Peak Trailhead: 9:30

(Located in Pack Forest, this is a great conditioning hike!)


Depending on when you are there, you may see new forests in progress and/or clearcuts and other evidence of the forest-as-laboratory-as-hands-on-learning.

Along with the educational component of this trip is a wonderful dose of being out in the “wilds” while still close to home.

You will pick up the Hugo Peak Trail by the gate house.

The trail offers a hike up gentle slopes, up a few steep but short sections, and some level sections through the forest.

The trail is reasonably well-signed and crosses roads designated by their numbers: 1600, 1500, 1420, 1081 and 1080.

With map in hand, the road intersections will help you to stay on course.

The “summit” is at the end of Road 1080 and is marked by two log benches and a wooden box with a summit register for you to sign in that you made it.

Have your lunch and then head down the road to pick up the Reservoir Trail.

Pick up a wildlife trail or head out to the road at the junction with Road 1040.

You have a choice of primary or secondary roads to get back to the main gate.


Directions: Take state Route 7 south from Tacoma or state Route 161 south from Puyallup. The entrance to Pack Forest is on state Route 7, two-tenths of a mile west of the junction with state Route 161.

Park at the entrance, by the Gate House, outside the gate.

The Hugo Peak trailhead is on the right.

Difficulty rating: 3 (1 is easiest, 5 is most difficult) Moderate+

Miles round-trip: 4-7

Elevation Gain: 950 feet (+/-)

Best time of year: Year-round

Pass: None required


There is a public restroom in the Gate House, open during the summer.

Bicycles are welcome on the roads but the hiking trails are for feet only. Horses are allowed on designated horse paths.

Please pack out all trash.

Maps are sometimes available at the Gate House, but it would be prudent to download the map from the website before heading out. Make sure to always carry the 10 Essentials on any hike.

Current forecast (Eatonville):

High of 71 degrees. 20% chance of precipitation.


Please bring: a lunch/energy snacks, plenty of water, sun preventatives, bug repellent, day-hike essentials, trekking poles, hat w/ brim, sunglasses and sturdy/comfortable shoes + bag for wet/soiled pairs! {Passengers bring $10 for your driver to cover fuel costs}.

NOTE: If you plan to meet us at the trailhead, we'll be arriving there at approximately 9:30. Park by the old gate house.

{We may stop for refreshments on the way home after the hike}

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  • Mike T.

    I'm bringing cookies!!!! :-)

    1 · April 30, 2013

    • Amy

      I missed the cookies lol

      May 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think that's my fault, Amina, because I had to leave right away. Sorry about that. :(

      May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyable hike today. Thanks for identifying wild flowers, Mike. I was glad to drive.

    May 2, 2013

    • Amy

      Ditto :)

      May 5, 2013

  • Buzz B.

    First time to Pack Forest. It's really beautiful. A perfect day for being outside.

    May 2, 2013

  • Mike T.

    Fantastic hike! We did 9.3 miles total..some trail, some dirt road within Pack Forest. All very nice! Wildflowers were plentiful! Thank you so much Melody for driving!

    May 2, 2013

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