THE FOLLOWING MAP IS NOT TO BE USED FOR NAVIGATIONAL PURPOSES.
Map of the Indian Race Track, Indian Heaven Wilderness Hike
Length: 1.6 Miles round trip
Elevation Change: 520' Elevation gain
Season: Summer thru Fall
Permit: NW Forest Pass Required
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Here is a fun little hike loaded with
natural beauty as well as native history.
The Indian Race Track hike
begins off Forest Road 6048 near the
summit of Red Mountain just outside of
the Indian Heaven Wilderness.
The hike begins on the side of a
mountain therefore the trail loses
elevation immediately. During the
first part of the hike you will be
in and out of the forest therefore
you get incredible views of the
surrounding terrain, including
Mt Adams to the northeast.
In about a half mile the trail
descends into a heavily forested
area and remains that way until
you reach the meadow named - Indian
Racetrack. It is my understanding
that this meadow was used by the
native American peoples for get
togethers during the summer and
fall food gathering months. I have
read that this area is referred to
as a racetrack because the people
could safely race on horseback.
Small pond near the Indian Racetrack
How to get there:
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from Portland, OR
From Portland, travel east on Interstate Hwy 84 to Exit 44 to Cascade Locks.
Exit the freeway and cross over the Columbia River into Washington
via the Bridge of the Gods. Then turn right, or east, and head
east through Stevenson, Washington to the intersection of the Wind
River Highway to Carson, Washington. Bear left onto the Wind River
Highway which will take you through Carson, Washington.
from Vancouver, WA
From Vancouver, WA travel east on SR14 through Stevenson, Washington to the
intersection of the Wind River Highway to Carson, Washington. Bear left onto the
Wind River Highway which will take you through Carson, Washington.
from Carson, WA
Continue north on the Wind River Highway for about 5.8 miles to the
junction of the Wind River Hwy and the Old State cutoff road east. In just a few hundred
feet turn left, north, onto Forest Road 65. In another 4.7 miles you
will pass Forest Road 68. Continue north on FR65 for another 6.1 miles
and you will come to the intersection of Forest Road 60. Bear right onto
FR60 and head east for 1.5 miles to the junction of Forest Road 6048.
Bear left onto FR6048 and follow this rough steep road another 2.8 miles
to the parking area and trailhead to this hike.
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