Index Town Wall Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Index, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length2.2 miElevation gain1250 ftRoute typeOut & back
dog friendlyHikingViewsWildlifeRockyScramble
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Once you're at parking lot, cross the railroad tracks and turn right to walk down the gravel path about less than half a mile to look for a red sign that says "authorized vehicles only." Your trail begins here. The incline is quite steep if you follow the upper wall trail. Keep your head up and alert to follow the blue, pink, and orange markers to follow the trail. The trail will begin a greater incline with skinny roads once you're half way. Once you reach the metal bars with metal rope follow the creek bed which will lead you right up to the summit. Looking over the town is AWESOME. No little kids...they won’t finish it. There are a couple lookouts. Don’t just stop at one.

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Samuel Andersen
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HikingGreat!IcyOff trailScrambleSnow

Great trail. Amazing review. Tough to locate. Worth the hike.

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Kate W
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Hiking

I love this trail. Fast, easy, SUPER steep with a beautiful view at the end. It’s literally all uphill, at times almost climbing with your hands. But very doable. Easy to get off track tho. I’ve done this 3 times and I always wander off the trail at least once. You will know when you’re not on the right trail. Parking lot was full but we only passed maybe 3 other groups. Most of the cars belonged to rock climbers. Had the lookout to ourselves. Perfect,quick little hike with a rewarding view.

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qurratulain anny
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Rock climbingRockyScramble

It is ricky trail, lots of fallen rotten trees, steep patches but the rocks around the granite wall have great grabbing bars and indicator painted rocks for the hikers and climbers. some one put an effort to make others life easier. It took me 2 hours with breaks to climb up there, it was really steep for me but the view on the top is breathtaking. Mount index and bridal veil water fall looks beautiful from the top. I had sushi and snacks sitting up in the sun.

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Newby Hiker In WA
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Brian Wyble
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Short but very steep. I broke out the sticks (I always pack but never use) for this one. I'd strongly suggest keeping the app map open for it, or at least WATCH FOR THE BLUE DIAMONDS on the trees! If you notice the trail you're on is starting to look old/vergrown, backtrack to the last junction and look for the diamond. I was the only one on the trail this morning, and I backtracked twice. The view at the top was well, well worth the climb!

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roopesh kumar
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Joanne Yip
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

It’s steep. Uphill most of the way, with narrow paths but still doable. Where the trail first splits and onwards is where it gets tricky to navigate and we got lost a few times. To get to the top of the wall - turn right at the first fork, then left at the second. Once past the second fork, after about 10 minutes of climbing, look out for a fallen log on your LEFT side where you’ll see an arrow carved into the wood. (Check out the photo section for reference; I uploaded some.) Go OVER the log towards the left and get on the path that continues from there. From there, you should be able to find your way to the top (also look at the notes in the other reviews + the description of the trail). We missed this bit and spent quite a few minutes wandering around till some other hikers appeared and pointed us in the right direction. Overall a pretty intense workout on a fairly quiet trail, which we did enjoy, but I wouldn’t do it again. The view just wasn’t all that worth it.

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Dan Zak
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Hiking

Bring poles, or at least one pole. I think looking for the main trail is the secret of not getting off. As soon it starts looking like you’re bushwhacking, you’re off trail.

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Kyra Patel
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HikingRocky

Completed 10/29/20 Parking/Drive: located right by the town of Index with a small parking lot. No trouble with finding a spot on a weekday. Bathroom present up near the Inner Wall trailhead. Trail: Walk right along the train tracks for a bit before turning left at the red sign to find the trailhead. The trail is fairly maintained but overgrown in some areas and very steep. Occasional rope to help with the elevation along the way. Turn right along the dried up river at the end rather than crossing it to find the overlook. The view made the dreary climb worth it. Beautiful mountains and town below! Recommend a morning hike as the sun causes glare in the afternoon if you want to take pictures. Not my first choice in a hike but very good view at the top!

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Pilar Fogliato
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HikingGreat!

This was a fun hike. We get off track numerous times but thankfully we have downloaded the map. Lots off climbing , rocks and trees and an amazing view at the end

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Christine Joy
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Hiking

Natures playground, luscious moss drips from the boulders and fallen trees. It’s magical. Watch for the markers along the trail.... to keep you on track otherwise you’ll easily find yourself blazing your own trail. The view is absolutely stunning!!

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Mona Zaldivar
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WalkingBugsMuddyOff trailOver grown

Another trail to be added on my forgettable list. Muddy, thorny, leafy... I mean, can this trail be any more vanilla? Sure, Washington offers a buffet of gorgeous trails but dude, does it suck to be fooled to do this one. Shoulda known better! Whoever said there are 'scrambles' on this trail obviously is an amateur because it's the main reason I picked it and I had none of those eggs. Pretty sick view at the top tho, but so does other trails in PNW. NEXT!

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Kate Leuba
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HikingOver grown

Don't let the short distance dissuade you! The super steep incline makes the hike feel longer than it is. The trail is pretty narrow. Be prepared to use branches/trees to balance yourself along the way. The view from the top is awesome. Traffic on a Saturday afternoon was pretty light. Rock climbers at the base, but only a couple people on the trail.

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Joe Kenyon
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went out here with 3 dogs in the rain (cane corso 7 y/o, pitbull 6 y/o, pug 10months). didn’t see a single soul on the trail and thankful! trail is super narrow in sections I parked and started over at the other parking lot down the street by the campsites the trail isn’t always obvious because of the switchbacks I guess, but was easy enough to navigate with the map. trail is pretty much incline until you hit the viewpoint, I got blessed with a break in the clouds! i had an absolute blast on this trail and would do it again if I came back through this way! and yes, it was slightly slippery on the way down but definitely doable. much love, safe travels. @joe.gardenbelle

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Sheraden Kimball
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Katie Zetzman
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Hiking

Exciting to navigate with two rope sections, many downed trees to inspect, giant mossy rocks, and a nice viewpoint at the end. Hiking poles would help in many of the steeper climbs and descents!

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Olivia Flatum
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HikingRocky

GREAT trail! We went early in the morning so it was a little foggy and you couldn’t see! But the view of a silhouette was AWESOME!

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Jegan Raja
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Excellent hike to test your fitness. No proper trail markers. All trail map helped. Good hiking shoes with traction, poles and map recommended. You will be rewarded with excellent view on top. Distance recorded in this app is incorrect. It’s close to 3.5 miles out and back. Not suitable for kids.

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Alexandra Zambrano
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Hiking

This trail is 3.6 mi out and back. beautiful view.

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