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hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous hike! There was snow on the ground which made it a little hard to see the trail at times. Plus the trails aren’t well marked. I took a wrong turn and stumbled upon 3 gorgeous lakes and an amazing lookout. I decided to not do the full loop, due to time. Took a wrong turn again and eventually found my tracks in the snow. Lol. Next time I’ll bring a map, or not hike alone! I’m excited to go back and do the full loop. Quite the adventure!

Hiked on 11/2/19. Some patches of snow / ice from the start, then about 2 miles in when you start to reach the lakes it’s fully snow and ice covering the trail. Doable at this point with just hiking boots, poles and spikes couldn’t hurt but two of us plus pup made it fine without. Barely saw anyone else up there on a beautiful Saturday. Lakes were frozen over, gorgeous views.

hiking
muddy
no shade
snow
3 months ago

Hiked East crater to pct to Indian heaven trail to Lemei trail, to lemei lake trail to pct to east crater trail; favorite spots bear lake and lemei rock. 10/14/19. 12.36 miles with 1683ft elevation gain Solo. TH has a large parking area with a camp spot right across from the sign that says slow children at play. There are no bathrooms or trash here. You must fill out a self issue wilderness permit to hike here. Forrest road 65 from Carson is paved the whole way and in descent shape (good for all vehicles) there are some potholes farther up the road. Forrest road 60 is a dirt road riddled with washboard and potholes, Forrest road 6035 is a dirt road riddled with potholes and washboard. Lots of pull off camp spots and dirt roads along the way. I believe the PCT junction is on Forrest road 60. Goose lake campground is on FR60 (closed for season) beautiful lake. East Crater trail has a couple of non bridged Creek crossings, lots of mud (boot gulping mud)! Not too many great views of the crater. Ice and snow on trail close to East Crater/PCT junction. Forrested area with some burn area looked like. PCT to Indian Heaven Trail forrested area with a bunch of lakes and ponds. A couple non bridged creek crossings. Bear lake was my favorite on this part of the trail. No snow on trail. Indian Heaven Trail; snow, ice and boot gulping mud on trail. Lemei Trail; mostly covered in snow, ice and mud. Gradual ascent on this side compared to the ascent from the Lemei Trailhead. Views of Lemei rock are also better on this side. At the base of Lemei rock there was a frozen Pond. Didn't need microspikes going up, but used microspikes on the way back just to be safe. I slipped in the mud on the way down from this trail. Lemei lake trail; snow, ice and a lot of mud! Beautiful meadows and a frozen creek on this trail. Most of the trail is water bogged. Good for small children, not handicap accessible. Saw bike, horse and dog tracks. Saw no one on the trail for 8.5 hours. I was first car in the lot and only car in the lot when I returned back to my car.

hiking
muddy
no shade
over grown
rocky
snow
3 months ago

Hiked East crater to pct to Indian heaven trail to Lemei trail, to lemei lake trail to pct to east crater trail; favorite spots bear lake and lemei rock. 10/14/19. 12.36 miles with 1683ft elevation gain Solo. TH has a large parking area with a camp spot right across from the sign that says slow children at play. There are no bathrooms or trash here. You must fill out a self issue wilderness permit to hike here. Forrest road 65 from Carson is paved the whole way and in descent shape (good for all vehicles) there are some potholes farther up the road. Forrest road 60 is a dirt road riddled with washboard and potholes, Forrest road 6035 is a dirt road riddled with potholes and washboard. Lots of pull off camp spots and dirt roads along the way. I believe the PCT junction is on Forrest road 60. Goose lake campground is on FR60 (closed for season) beautiful lake. East Crater trail has a couple of non bridged Creek crossings, lots of mud (boot gulping mud)! Not too many great views of the crater. Ice and snow on trail close to East Crater/PCT junction. Forrested area with some burn area looked like. PCT to Indian Heaven Trail forrested area with a bunch of lakes and ponds. A couple non bridged creek crossings. Bear lake was my favorite on this part of the trail. No snow on trail. Indian Heaven Trail; snow, ice and boot gulping mud on trail. Lemei Trail; mostly covered in snow, ice and mud. Gradual ascent on this side compared to the ascent from the Lemei Trailhead. Views of Lemei rock are also better on this side. At the base of Lemei rock there was a frozen Pond. Didn't need microspikes going up, but used microspikes on the way back just to be safe. I slipped in the mud on the way down from this trail. Lemei lake trail; snow, ice and a lot of mud! Beautiful meadows and a frozen creek on this trail. Most of the trail is water bogged. Good for small children, not handicap accessible. Saw bike, horse and dog tracks. Saw no one on the trail for 8.5 hours. I was first car in the lot and only car in the lot when I returned back to my car.

Hiked East crater to pct to Indian heaven trail to Lemei trail, to lemei lake trail to pct to east crater trail; favorite spots bear lake and lemei rock. 10/14/19. 12.36 miles with 1683ft elevation gain Solo. TH has a large parking area with a camp spot right across from the sign that says slow children at play. There are no bathrooms or trash here. You must fill out a self issue wilderness permit to hike here. Forrest road 65 from Carson is paved the whole way and in descent shape (good for all vehicles) there are some potholes farther up the road. Forrest road 60 is a dirt road riddled with washboard and potholes, Forrest road 6035 is a dirt road riddled with potholes and washboard. Lots of pull off camp spots and dirt roads along the way. I believe the PCT junction is on Forrest road 60. Goose lake campground is on FR60 (closed for season) beautiful lake. East Crater trail has a couple of non bridged Creek crossings, lots of mud (boot gulping mud)! Not too many great views of the crater. Ice and snow on trail close to East Crater/PCT junction. Forrested area with some burn area looked like. PCT to Indian Heaven Trail forrested area with a bunch of lakes and ponds. A couple non bridged creek crossings. Bear lake was my favorite on this part of the trail. No snow on trail. Indian Heaven Trail; snow, ice and boot gulping mud on trail. Lemei Trail; mostly covered in snow, ice and mud. Gradual ascent on this side compared to the ascent from the Lemei Trailhead. Views of Lemei rock are also better on this side. At the base of Lemei rock there was a frozen Pond. Didn't need microspikes going up, but used microspikes on the way back just to be safe. I slipped in the mud on the way down from this trail. Lemei lake trail; snow, ice and a lot of mud! Beautiful meadows and a frozen creek on this trail. Most of the trail is water bogged. Good for small children, not handicap accessible. Saw bike, horse and dog tracks. Saw no one on the trail for 8.5 hours. I was first car in the lot and only car in the lot when I returned back to my car.

Hiked East crater to pct to Indian heaven trail to Lemei trail, to lemei lake trail to pct to east crater trail; favorite spots bear lake and lemei rock. 10/14/19. 12.36 miles with 1683ft elevation gain Solo. TH has a large parking area with a camp spot right across from the sign that says slow children at play. There are no bathrooms or trash here. You must fill out a self issue wilderness permit to hike here. Forrest road 65 from Carson is paved the whole way and in descent shape (good for all vehicles) there are some potholes farther up the road. Forrest road 60 is a dirt road riddled with washboard and potholes, Forrest road 6035 is a dirt road riddled with potholes and washboard. Lots of pull off camp spots and dirt roads along the way. I believe the PCT junction is on Forrest road 60. Goose lake campground is on FR60 (closed for season) beautiful lake. East Crater trail has a couple of non bridged Creek crossings, lots of mud (boot gulping mud)! Not too many great views of the crater. Ice and snow on trail close to East Crater/PCT junction. Forrested area with some burn area looked like. PCT to Indian Heaven Trail forrested area with a bunch of lakes and ponds. A couple non bridged creek crossings. Bear lake was my favorite on this part of the trail. No snow on trail. Indian Heaven Trail; snow, ice and boot gulping mud on trail. Lemei Trail; mostly covered in snow, ice and mud. Gradual ascent on this side compared to the ascent from the Lemei Trailhead. Views of Lemei rock are also better on this side. At the base of Lemei rock there was a frozen Pond. Didn't need microspikes going up, but used microspikes on the way back just to be safe. I slipped in the mud on the way down from this trail. Lemei lake trail; snow, ice and a lot of mud! Beautiful meadows and a frozen creek on this trail. Most of the trail is water bogged. Good for small children, not handicap accessible. Saw bike, horse and dog tracks. Saw no one on the trail for 8.5 hours. I was first car in the lot and only car in the lot when I returned back to my car.

hiking
muddy
snow
washed out
3 months ago

Awesome trail this time of the year, if you don’t mind walking in mud and perhaps falling a few times into it. We camped on deep lake, on the snow, which is fine. But if you don’t like camping on snow, you might be better off camping in lower altitude such as bear lake, which is a beautiful lake, also.

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muddy
over grown
snow
3 months ago

Hiked Lemei TH to Wapiki Lake to Lemei trail and the viewpoint above the lake Wednesday 10/9/19. If you are using Google maps to get to the Lemei trailhead the directions are wrong, go a little further up the road till you see the Lemei TH sign. Parking is maybe enough for 4 vehicles right after Lemei TH sign. There is no bathroom here or trash. You must fill out a self issue wilderness permit to hike here. Make sure you have a Northwest Forest pass, America The Beautiful Pass or have a day use pass as there is no pay station at this TH. There was a snow storm the day before I went dumping up to 3 inches of fresh powder on the trail in some places. Snow in the lower elevations of the trail started melting out as I was finishing my hike. The TH is across the road from parking area. Lemei Trail to Wapiki lake is a moderate hike. It's 7.26 miles RT if doing the lake only out and back. I would say good for small children. Not handicap accessible. There is a camp spot in between the lake and the pond. Lemei trail is a hard hike. Steep ascent and can be difficult to navigate, make sure you have a map with you. I went up the old trail which has a bunch of debris on trail and down the new trail (by the trail #34 sign there is a turn off). It looked like there was a couple turn offs on trail, but no signs on the lemei trail for as far as I went (to the talus field). Beautiful overlook of the lake on this trail with a dusting of fresh snow. Hiked 1.48 miles on the lemei trail going above the lake. 8.74 miles with 2174ft elevation gain. The road coming in was washboard and had potholes but when I left was re dirted and had very few rough areas. Saw 3 women and 3 dogs on trail.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
flooded
3 months ago

Super wet slog, possibly due to snow melt? Even so if you look at the map the trail intersects a lake around the 2 mile mark and there was no going forward without some kind Sorel, turned back.

Steep outta the gates but it levels off and if the weather cooperates, there’s no better way to spend an autumn day. Fall colours and a killer blue berry crop are value added. The last little climb/scramble to the top of the rock offer stunning views of Jefferson, Adams, Rainier and St. Helens.

backpacking
rocky
4 months ago

Great trail, fairly popular this time of year still for a Fri/Sat. Initial climb up Indian Heaven Trail from Cultus Campground was hard work for backpacking overnight but better than going up the other side (Cultus Creek TH) in my opinion. Nice viewpoint on a clear sunny day as a reward after your elevation gain. We enjoyed passing the various lakes and found a lovely clear blue lake just off the PCT to camp by and get water. Not as many mushrooms were out this time of year yet as compared to our trip in October last year, but still plenty to take pictures of! Lots of Huckleberries. WTA was working on clearing the Cultus Creek Trail on our way down so the soil was quite loose, plus lots of rocky points going down so it was helpful to have trekking poles. I would rate that part of the loop as more difficult as it was narrow most of the time, difficult terrain with rocks, loose soil, roots, and in a few instances the trail had split into trenches.

hiking
scramble
4 months ago

Amazing hiking. No bugs at all. A bit “crowded” at the lakes but overall a great trip. Lots of huckleberries. Bear lake was beautiful. Blue lake was amazing tho it was windy!!

hiking
4 months ago

It was about 80 degrees back in Vancouver on 9/2/2019 for this out and back hike. At the trail, I’d guess it was 10 degrees cooler. Perfect conditions. I started at Thomas Lake Trailhead and after reaching the Indian Heaven plateau, turned South to see Salahie Tyee and Blue Lake. It was a great hike and came in at just about 8 miles. That’s a long hike for me but once you get to the plateau area, it is flat and gorgeous. I must have seen nearly 2 dozen bodies of water (from lakes to tarns to small ponds) along the way. I applied DEET down in the parking lot but didn’t need it. No kidding. I ran into several parties returning from their overnight adventure and none complained of mosquitos. I was hiking on September 2nd and we’ve had a rather tame summer for the most part. I don’t know what affects mosquitoes but here at the start of September, they were not a problem - though I’d still want to have my bug spray close at hand. This isn’t a hike with sweeping views of distant peaks. But the lakes are beautiful and the meadows are idyllic. I didn’t see a single red huckleberry still on the bush. Plenty of black ones though. There were lots of mushrooms along the trail. Keep eyes pealed!

Trail was great, people were all kind and respectful. We will be back to do the whole loop. Did just a small portion with my son who’s 8 for a overnighter at Blue lake. Only suggestion is don’t forget your $5 parking fee it’s a hefty ticket if ya do.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun hike. Lots of people for Labor Day but plenty of routes to choose from so you can enjoy the paths less traveled.

Beautiful hike with lots of lakes and ponds. Streams were dry in late August making the few Creek crossings easy. Also, the.mosquitoes weren't too bad.

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