Indian Heaven Wilderness: Cultus Creek trailhead is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Stevenson, WA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until November.
One of the best hikes in the Indian Heaven Wilderness: dramatic views of Mount Adams and distant views of Mount Rainier, Goat Rocks and Mount St. Helens. After ascending through thick forest the first 1-1/2 miles, a plateau full of huckleberry fields and hundreds of small lakes that beg exploring. Indian Heaven Wilderness is famous for its 150 + lakes and huckleberry-filled alpine meadows. The Native Americans used to gather each year to hunt, fish, collect berries and race their horses until the 1920s. On the northern and western side of the wilderness, huckleberry picking is still reserved for tribal members only. On clear days, there are great views of Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, Goat Rocks and Mount St. Helens. Starting at the Cultus Creek campground, the hike begins a steep ascent through a Douglas Fir forest and skirts along the side of Bird Mountain. The first viewpoint has a very big payoff: unobstructed views of nearby Mount Adams, with Goat Rocks and Mount Rainier in the not so far distance. After Cultus Lake, take the Lemei Trail at the junction to Lemei (pronounced lem-ee-eye) Rock and a view of Lake Wapiki. The trail passes through meadow after meadow of huckleberries and heather, which in the fall are full of bright yellow and red colors, and plenty of berries for sampling. Lemei Rock is an ancient volcano crag and Lake Wapiki is held in its old red cinder crater.
The most beautiful place in the fall
Amazing all along!!!
Beautiful as always. So much snow still. But it was before the ravenous Mosquitos too. Gaitors or snowshoes would have helped
It does not matter if you choose trail 33 or trail 108, you will go up some crazy hills and walk through some beautiful country of the wonderous Indian Heaven Wilderness. You pass several lakes, awesome viewpoints and a mind that becomes cleansed as the nature takes its course. I did this trail with a friend of mine but have done this trail in the past when I was a child with my Dad. This was a tribute trek to my Father as he passed away and the memories that flooded me were intense but not overwhelming because I was doing something my dad and I are passionate about. This is truly an awesome trail.