FS 63

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In the Gifford Pinchot National Forest just outside Packwood, WA, FS 63 is a well-maintained forest service road that climbs up and around Purcell Mountain to over 4500 feet. The road travels through beautiful groves of old-growth forest with a mix of hardwoods, and if you are lucky enough to be traveling in the Fall, the yellow leaves contrast with the darker evergreen trees. There are beautiful views of Mt. Adams to the south and Mt. Rainier looking north, as well as a vast view for miles to the west that seems to go on forever. The road connects with FS 47 after a beautiful 15-mile drive down the other side of the mountain. An excellent connector road would be onto FS 85 for a 22-mile drive to Ashford, WA, and the Mt. Rainier National Park entrance on U.S. 706.

While no camping spots are close to the road, many side roads look to lead to fantastic views with better camping opportunities.