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Indian Heaven

South Cascades


South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area
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6.6 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5100 ft.


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Northwest Forest Pass

Indian Heaven trail provides access to one of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest's most popular areas. The Indian Heaven Wilderness is a high, forested plateau dotted with lakes and berry-filled meadows. Its a lovely location for a day hike or a backpacking trip. Some connect this trail with Cultus Creek trail and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) to make a popular loop hike.

From the trailhead, climb steeply through heavy timber, ascending 1000 feet in 2 miles. The grade eases as the trail skirts the base of Bird Mountain, and at 5,100 feet elevation, the trail passes through several small meadows with spectacular wildflower displays.

The trail passes the Deep Lake Trail, a short side trail that descends to Deep Lake then continues to a saddle viewpoint below Lemei Rock. Your trail for Indian Heaven continues past the shore of Cultus Lake, then drops down to end on the PCT near Deer Lake.


Indian Heaven

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Co-ordinates: 46.0938, -121.7683 Open map in new window


South Cascades -- Mount Adams Area

Indian Heaven (#33)

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District

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Getting There

From Trout Lake drive west on Highway 141. At the forest boundary Highway 141 becomes Forest Road 24; continue west on Forest Road 24 past Peterson Prairie Campground to the intersection with Forest Road 60. At this intersection turn right to stay on Forest Road 24 and continue north past Little Goose Campground to Cultus Creek Campground, about 9 miles past the intersection with Forest Road 60.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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