Length: 5.5 mi RT
Elevation Change: 700' gain
Season: Mid-summer thru Fall
Permit: NW Forest Pass Not Required
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This is a hike that often gets overlooked because of the more
popular Thomas Lake or Cultus Camp approach to Indian Heaven.
But, make no such mistake. This is possibly the very best way
to access the Indian Heaven Wilderness.
The trail is easy to get to and the trail itself is a gentle and
well maintained. If you do this hike in early summer, there will
be an abundance of water and several little bridges that you will
cross over to keep your feet dry.
Even though I show this hike as nearly going to Junction Lake,
obviously you can use this approach to do a variety of hikes within
the wilderness. The day my friends and I did this hike, we headed
on over to Deep Lake, via the Lemei Lake cutoff trail, then came
back past Clear Lake, Deer Lake, Bear Lake, and even headed over to
See Hike 63 for these details.
Junction Lake in Indian Heaven
How to get there:
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From Portland, OR
From Portland, travel east on Interstate Hwy 84 to Exit 64 at Hood River.
Turn left, and pass under the freeway and cross the toll bridge ($2.00)
into Washington state. Turn left onto SR14 and drive approximately 1.5
miles to state road 141 Alt. Turn right onto SR141 Alt. and follow it another
2 miles and merge bearing left onto SR141. Then travel north on SR141
for another 19 miles to Trout Lake and the junction to Mt. Adams Road,
which heads north to other hike destinations.
from Trout Lake, WA
Bear left and continue on SR141 westbound out of Trout Lake for about
5.5 miles and you will cross into the Gifford Pinchot National Forest
and the road changes to Forest Road 24. Continue westward on FR24 for
another 2.5 miles and you will come to the junction where FR24 turns
north. Continue westward on FR24 for another 2.5 miles and you will
come to the junction where FR24 turns north, but you continue straight
onto Forest Road 60. Continue west on FR60 for another 3.7 miles to the
junction of Forest Road 6035. Turn north onto FR6035 and follow it
another 4.1 miles to the trailhead for this hike.