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Solid hike. Great forest and the view of the S side of St. Helens and the N side of Mt Hood are worth the trek for sure. There is also a shortcut to this trail that cuts your trek from a 12+ round trip to maybe a 5. The parking spot/trail head for the shortcut is on the north side of the area. Worth the research if your pressed for time or daylight.

Great hike. Best fall colors.

hiking
2 months ago

September 29. Started at Cultis Creek Campground trail #108 and followed loop through trail #33. Spectacular autumn foliage. The huckleberries were vibrant red and you could still find fruit at Deep Lake. Spotted a frog and a snake, lots of birds. Do visit the side trails to other lakes. Deep lake was beautiful. Found the old PCT trail via one of the meadows. Take a photo of the map as a guide.

backpacking
2 months ago

Hiked to Blue Lake. Pretty good climb for awhile. Thousands of wild blueberry plants with ripe fruit. Traveled 9/15 through 9/19. 2 rainy days but clear other days. Cold at night with some frost. No mosquitoes this time of year. Have to camp in designated areas, not much dry firewood

backpacking
3 months ago

First hammock camping trip. Tough climb to the lake. No bugs. Dry on the way up, but rained all night and on hike out. Saw fish caught. Probably swimmable with hot weather.
5 or 6 groups of day hikers but only one other overnighter at the lake.
Lots of day hikers with dogs on the lower, first section of the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

A very pleasant hike. Probably the real question about which direction to take is whether you want to hit lakes shortly after the uphill climb (then start on the Indian Heaven trail) or end with lakes just before starting the downhill (then start with the Cultus Creek trail. In any case, this hike is mainly about meadows and lakes with a few good vistas. And this time of year the huckleberries are amazing, the bugs nonexistent, the the colors beautiful. Pay attention to the mushrooms. There are so many varieties, some of amazing size (large and small) and some with brilliant colors. Take the trails to Deep Lake, Lemei Lake, Deer Lake, Wood Lake - you may as well enjoy the lakes. In all but one case, we had the lakes to ourselves.

One of my favorite places to hike Aug-Oct. The first bit is a boring up hill climb, but then you get to great mountain views, lakes and huckleberries. There were still quite a few huckleberries labor day weekend. If you want views I'd recommend following the directions up to Lemei rock. If you prefer lakes, continue on trail 33 to the PCT. Take a left for about 1.6 miles, then left again just before Junction lake on the Lemei Lake trail for 2 miles back to complete the loop and head back to the car. You'll pass 6 lakes and lots of huckleberry meadows on this pretty flat loop. A side trip to Deep Lake is only 0.2miles from Cultus lake and has a nice view of Adams. Not sure why this says no dogs, my two labs came along and had a blast swimming in all the lakes. A stop at Backwoods Brewery in Carson after makes for a perfect day!

This one is a bit tame for just a day hike. Would have been better to backpack and stay out there for a couple days. It should not be rated moderate, either, but rather easy.

hiking
3 months ago

We parked at the small campground closest to the sweet waterfall with a beautiful circular rock pool. The trail along the creek is pleasant, shaded , some large Douglas fir trees , and easy to hike . When we came to the trail that heads up the hill , we took it . Enjoyed the incline to another campground with a gorgeous view of Mt Hood . That trail is made for bikers, but we only saw one person . Good workout hiking up to the top, but not a killer .
Amazingly close to White Salmon and easy to access . We plan to go back in the spring .

I was with Lisa: see below

hiking
3 months ago

Start from Cultus Creek side of loop, rather than Indian Heaven. It’s very rocky and steep-we came down that way and wished we’d gone up it instead. A lot of work for end of hike. Overall really enjoyed this hike. Gorgeous views, meadows, huckleberries, lakes, not too many people. Not dusty. Good climbs in and out.

backpacking
3 months ago

Good entry to the Indian Heaven Wilderness and the PCT

mosquitoes mosquitoes. Other than that beautiful, did I say mosquitoes!

Underwhelming.

trail running
4 months ago

Solid run with a lot of inclines. A small waterfall is located quite close to the AT trail head as listed on their map. Mostly shaded trail with no scenic views along the way.

Unfortunately no rattlesnakes. Was looking out for them after reading previous reviews.

hiking
4 months ago

oh goodness do not take this trail lightly. at about 3 miles on the actual trail I started a chant of "a****** trail I will defeat yooooou"... but I only saw one person at the lake, otherwise, so undertraveled for such a lovely place.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful view of Mt Adams and St Helens early on. Lots of lakes and meadows. Decent wildflowers. LOTS of mosquitos the whole trail even with 98% deet. Seriously bad mosquitos.

backpacking
5 months ago

Absolutely beautiful trail! Many lakes along the way to wherever you’re headed with gorgeous meadows. My husband and were going to backpack in and stay the weekend but were eaten alive by mosquitos!! We stayed at the lake for about ten minutes and headed out. Guessing September may be the perfect time to come back. Bugs are out in full force mid July!

Beautiful hike. My walking club & I hike up the Trapper Creek trail & down this one. The view was beautiful & observation trail was easier than the Trapper Creek trail. Trail was a steady decline going down & only a few spots that you needed sure footing where some slides had occurred in the past. Absolutely stunning, would make one suggestion, don’t climb it in 80 degree weather & if you do bring lots of water.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked 192 with my walking club on Saturday. We went to the end of the trail and at the top we connected with the 132 Observation Peak trail & hiked down the mountain.... overall it was 18.23 miles & 3,444 elevation according to my fitbit. This is definitely a hard trail up & it looked like most hikers do this loop over a weekend. Was pretty moderate up till the 5 mile mark when you start climbing up the mountain on switchbacks. Most of us did great, I struggled on the incline but made the top. There were wild blueberries & orchids along the way & quite a few log bridges to cross over the creek. It’s beautiful & the waterfall platform was breathtaking.

Great hike. Super steep. Bring the poles! Leaving from Mineral Spring TH would cut out another mile or 2. I started from Trapper Creek and pegged it at 9.9 miles. Very rewarding.

Great hike with so many wildflowers! Our 10-year-old and 8-year-old did an amazing job and loved eating all the huckleberries, salmon berries and wild strawberries. Views of Mt Hood, Adams and Rainier, as well as Bonneville dam from the top. And we only passed 4 people on the entire trail; not bad for a Wednesday in June.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful old growth with many saprophytic orchids out today. 5.9 miles to waterfall overlook. Nice campsites around 5 miles.

Tried to hike this weekend. Roads are still snow covered over 4 miles away from trailhead.

Still too much snow on the road to get to the trail head in my jeep

Had a great day hiking. It’s a slow incline on a horse trail and old roads. Once you hit the switch backs it gets harder but great views. 8.5 mile for the loop was long but good. Many other alternatives if you have time for 12 miles. Great views of Mt Hood and Mt Adams.

Overgrown in spots but easy enough for the grandson to hike

9 months ago

A nice, easy walk, can be a little muddy.

hiking
9 months ago

Good hike, nice inclines, definitely got the heart rate up in a few spots. Trail was very sparsely populated; we only saw 2 other people on our whole hike. Waterfall is off to the left within your first quarter mile or so, careful you don’t miss it!

I'm sure it's fantastic... I was prepared for some snow traverse on the trail, but what I didn't expect was for the snow traverse. AWD SUV, and I decided I had better turn it around on the single lane fire road with about 13 miles to go. A couple vehicles had previously passed and left a hard pack, but the snow was up to a foot in some places. No-go for this pretend SUV.

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