NF-21 Connector

Packwood, Washington (Lewis County)

Last Updated: 04/04/2020
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Highlight: NF-21 Connector
The nearly 17-mile-long segment of NF-21 is the last trail in portion 1 of the Cascade Overland Route. Starting out near Walupt Lake, your elevation is 3,296 feet, before reaching 4,082 feet after approximately 3 miles. From there it’s all downhill until you reach 1,074 feet. Located at the northern end of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, the route travels along the Goat Rocks Wilderness to the east, before reaching the end of the forest at the arrival of Highway 12. At the intersection of NF-1250, it’s a 3.5-mile drive to Chambers Lake and its campground. Hiking trailheads, like Berry Patch Snowgrass, and Goat Ridge are also nearby. Another nearby hiking trail can be found at Waypoint 11, at the intersection of NF-2120. After about a half a mile, you’ll reach the trailhead for Angry Mountain; an 8-mile hiking trail that passes by Angry Mountain about 5.5 miles in, and will have you climb over 3,000 feet before intersecting with the Lily Basin Trail. At Waypoint 9, you’ll cross over Mission Creek. Throughout many portions of the trail, there will be many scenic views to be had on the left side, and near the end, water runoff may produce small waterfalls on the right side of the trail. At the end of the trail, there is a small switchback before arriving at Highway 12. From there, you’ll want to turn right where the town of Packwood is less than 3 miles away, with full services. Though NF-21 is the last trail of this portion, and it will be another 40 miles until the next trailhead, the drive between waypoints is quite pleasant, traveling through White Pass and along Rimrock Lake. This trail is part of the Washington Cascade Overland Route. Visit Overlanding Across Washington for more information, including which trails to take next.

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This is the trailhead of NF-21.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Packwood, Washington

Head west on Main St E toward US-12 E for 112 feet. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto US-12 W for 2.7 miles. Turn left onto NF-21 for 1.1 miles. Turn right to stay on NF-21 for 6.3 miles. Slight right to stay on NF-21 for 8.6 miles.

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Jasmine & Jon Hughes

Mapping Crew - Washington

Centered in the pinnacle of the Pacific NW and growing up cruising around the small town of Quilcene, Jasmine grew with a fascination and passion for outdoors and travel, many of those adventures fueled by the family's 1998 Jeep Cherokee. Years later, photography grew as a way to capture and share the adventures being had. After a road trip from Seattle to San Diego in a 1996 Jetta, a 4WD truck would be the next step in going further in photographing the wild places of the West. In December of 2016, a manual 1989 Toyota Pickup was purchased and those dreams would continue to flourish. Jon grew up in a small Wisconsin town. In 2004, his parents decided to purchase a new Jeep LJ. They picked the LJ because of the additional room, as it would be used for a road trip to Florida. After joining the navy, the family Jeep followed Jon down to Georgia and became his own. It took him to Virginia, and then Washington. It wasn't until Washington that things started to happen for Jon and his Jeep. Jasmine, now his wife, got him more interested in hiking, and ultimately overlanding. Over time, Jon and Jasmine realized that they wanted to use the Jeep to tackle harder trails, and spend weekends in ORV parks. It was through this decision that the mostly stock Jeep received a refreshing upgrade after 15 years of driving. Jon usually drives the Jeep when the trail is in question, and to allow Jasmine to document the trails. Currently, Jon has been in 26 states with the Jeep, via family trips and his time in the navy. Jon hopes to travel to every state with his Jeep, including Alaska and Hawaii.
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