About the Packwood Inn
Set in an area surrounded by the mountains of Mount Rainier National Park and Gifford Pinchot National Forest, the Packwood Inn is a 4-minute walk from the White Pass Country Historical Museum and 14 miles from Packwood Lake. Rooms are fitted with pine-paneled walls and mountain views reminiscent of a cozy forest lodge. Rooms come furnished with tables, lounging, and all the essential amenities to enjoy your stay including:
- Cable TV
- Coffee Makers
Some rooms add kitchenettes and dining areas, and sleep up to 6 people. Other amenities include BBQ facilities and complementary parking. High speed WiFi is available for all guests. Pets are welcome so you never have to worry about leaving your furry friends out of the adventure.
Here at the Packwood Inn, the peace and tranquility of the Pacific Northwest mountains are yours. The magnificence of Mount Rainier and the vast surrounding National Park are right outside your door. Plan for comfortable and easy access to all your favorite outdoor activities and destinations. Under the new ownership since May 2018 — your comfort, the quality of your stay and excellent service are our highest priorities and we're looking forward to offering you the finest hospitality.
Packwood, a town of about 1,330, is located at the eastern end of Lewis County, in an area known as the Upper Big Bottom, which James Longmire and Billy Packwood discovered in 1854. First to settle in the area, now known as Packwood, was the John Blankenship family in 1887. Packwood was called Sulpher Springs at the time the first post office was established in the Blankenship home in 1890. In 1910, it was moved into town, when the town’s name was changed to Lewis. This same year, the first saw mill was built, as was School District #214 and the hotel and community call.
In 1923, the White Pass Highway was built, beginning in Randle. It was completed into Lewis (now Packwood) in 1929. The Ranger Station was also moved from across the river into town in the year 1923. In the 1930’s Lewis was renamed Packwood. This was done to prevent mail going to Ft. Lewis from being misspent to Lewis. Electricity was brought into the people in 1934, when the Kerr brothers bought the Packwood mill. The following year, the first water system was installed and residents had running water into their homes for the first time. A new grade school was built in 1937-38 for students from 9th-12th grades, they were bussed to the high school in Randle, which they are to this day.
A lot of changes have taken place through the years, but it’s still one of the most beautiful locations in the entire Pacific Northwest. Packwood, the hub of recreation and tourism in Washington’s South Cascades, has a small town atmosphere and is a great place to hang your hat while visiting the mountains. Mt. Rainier, Adams and St. Helens, along with the White Pass Ski Area and the Pacific Crest Trail and more, are accessible from this location. Packwood welcomes you anytime of the year and are always glad to have you here.
- Mount Rainier is a dormant volcano. 50 miles southwest of it is Mount Saint Helens, which erupted on May 18, 1980.
- Mt. Rainier National Park was established by congress March 2, 1899. President McKinley signed the bill authorizing this new National Park, making it the fifth in the country following Yellowstone in 1872.
- The National Park Service was established in1916 to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife, and to provide for the enjoyment for generations to come.
- Mt. Rainier’s highest elevation at the Columbia Crest is 14,410. It is the highest volcanic peak in the Cascades which stretch from Mount Garibaldi in British Columbia to Lassen Peak in northern California.
For over 30 years, there was a dispute over Mt. Rainier's name, before it became a park and for most of the park’s centennial. Most locals preferred to call it by its most common Indian name “Tacoma”. The U.S. Board in Geographical Names, stuck with the name given to the peak at first site in 1792 by British explorer, Captain George Vancouver, in honor of fellow sea captain, Peter Rainier.
Mt. Rainier was the fifth national park, after Yellowstone, Sequoia, General Grand (later renamed King’s Canyon) and Yosemite. The National Park Service was not established until 1916, which meant there wasn’t any administration, protection or development of the parks. In 1997, the entire park was designated a National Historic landmark District, while previously, some of the structures within the park’s boundaries, had been placed on the national register of historic buildings