Indian Point Loop Trail is a 7.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cascade Locks, OR that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
I'd say this trail is a moderate/high-moderate for the avid hiker. You are gaining elevation the entire hike to the trail leading to Indian point, but it's 2500 ft in 4ish miles. I followed Sullivan's guide: take Herman creek trail to Gorton creek trail. You don't get any views because you're in the woods the entire time, but the shade is nice. At the fork for ridge cutoff &Nick Eaton trail, continue straight for a few steps and there's a steep downhill unmarked trail to your left. Follow that to Indian Point. Best views are if you climb the rock- climb the face of the rock, once you get passed the face it's fine, and even that part is easy; just go slow. You will see Adams and Helen on a clear day. On the way back I took the ridge cutoff to Nick Eaton and you gain a bit more elevation, but that hike back offers a view of Hood and the Bonneville Dam. I went this past Sunday, got to the trail head at about 2. There was ample parking and passed only a few people. The shaded trail was appreciated on such a hot day, and no mosquitoes.
Was a total up hill trail, A blast!
Great view from the top. Kind of a slog otherwise. Be sure to check out the small wildflower areas toward the top of the peak.
This was a pretty cool hike. It is very steep but in my opinion it wasn't that difficult. Maybe I missed something but the only viewpoint i saw throughout the whole trail was the pinnacle. I didn't try to scramble through the rocks because it was windy as hell and my fear of heights kicked in really bad. I did the full loop in about 4 hours with a foot injury. It was definitely worth hiking but I probably won't do it again.
Great trail. There is some cleaned up blow downs but there are still plenty large ones laying across the trail. Definitely head up the Nick Eaton way first and come back Gorton, the quick elevation gain with a bunch of switchbacks was great. Trail is in great condition and was pretty fun. The Gorge winds blew through the area all the way up. Good view of the Gorge near the top of the ridge on the Nick Eaton trail.
The nick eaton part of the loop is cool, the rest of it is pretty straightforward. Good trail.
One of the best views you can find in Oregon rewards a series of tough inclines.
Very beautiful view! A little hard to find. Lots of fallen trees on the path! Wear gloves!
Very nice trail, spur to the point is more difficult and un-signed
A bit of a challenge to find but by far one of the best hikes I've ever done and the view is to good to even try to describe. Definitely a must do and the dogs had a great time.
Beautiful but hard. My hiking app said it was actually about 3000 feet elevation gain. I think we took the hard way! Indian point was actually difficult to find with the map we had. We had to rely on other hikers to get us in the right direction. It was totally worth the effort!
This was a great trail! With an amazing view from the point. A little complicated to actually get to the point, but well worth the hike.
One of my favorite trails ever! Start at Herman Creek go up up up up. Awesome views of the gorge, old growth timber and more wildlife than seen on the other trails in the gorge. Be careful in late summer during mating season for elk.
We ascended along the Gorton Creek trail. Nixon the Dog led the way. Took in the spectacular view from Indian Point for a few short moments, perched precariously atop the rocky ridge leading out to the pinnacle, before the icy wind and the bottomless precipices on either side urged us back into the comfort and safety of the surrounding woods. Descended along Nick Eaton Ridge, calves bulging and cramping through the switchbacks...