Explore the most popular forest trails near Index with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
6 days ago

The view is amazing!

Super duper hard hike!!! Haha... Make sure you spray some bug spray or bring fly zapper. I almost got eaten alive from the flies. Great view at the end!

Breathtaking view

nice climb to the top, maintained trail and great view once you get to the outlook. We went early to beat the crowds.

Well maintained and easy to get too. I will say I personally would rate this moderate (keeping in mind I’m 125 pounds and was carrying my toddler in a pack which added about 40 ponds extra). With that and the way up being 90% incline I got an intense workout. Beautiful views!

hiking
22 days ago

If you’re a beginner, you might find this trail a little challenging even though it is considered easy. However, it is a very short hike with a steady incline and the views at the top are SO WORTH IT!

The trail is dog friendly but it might be a little tricky getting them up top to the lookout tower. I had to carry mine because the gaps between the stairs tripped him out but we made it and it was breathtakingly gorgeous.

I went on a Wednesday afternoon and there was plenty of parking—not a lot of people.

There is a picnic table at the top, too.

Make sure you make it up there on a clear sunny day...you won’t regret the view.

hiking
22 days ago

... ideal hike if you are short on time but feel the need to stretch the legs ....

Well maintained trail. Low crowds.

nice trail, not too long, not a lot of obstacles gorgeous view.

24 days ago

you'll probably need snowshoes after 3500 ft. saw some people that didnt have it but it would help a lot. i made it to peak elevation and tried to go down towards the lake but the descent was way too steep and there was still too much snow so i had to turn back with .3 miles left. the lake probably wont be accessible until mid to late july and yes for now u have to park 2 miles away from the th making this 10-11 miles in total. id say this is more difficult than mailbox

not that easy but great views

hiking
27 days ago

A great hike with a well-established trail. Please note that the trailhead is NOT on Hwy 2, as previously noted by Shannon Barban. It is on the Index-Galena Rd, right next to the only bridge that leads in to the town of Index. If you use the GPS coordinates to navigate, you will easily find the trailhead.

While you are on the trail, you will come upon a service road. Keep going straight! This will ensure you stay on the trail and get to the top.

The view is worth the effort!!

Enjoyable hike, with a wonderful reward at the top. Great views of the Cascades from atop the ranger station.

Hike should be listed as moderate, the incline is fairly decent with not much let up.

This is a good short hike. Good for families on a simple outing wanting to get some nice pictures.

A perfect little hike! Should be rated moderate, as it is a steep incline most of the way up, but the view from the top of the lookout building is more than worth it. I would do it again in a heartbeat

hiking
1 month ago

Didn’t know how hard this was or how far when I looked it up it ended up being like 10-11 miles because we had to walk to the trail head which was 4 miles I think but it ended up being so worth it at the end.

It was nice didn’t make it all the way to the top because of the snow did reach about 2500 feet, still fun doe, I recommend to go in like June, my buddy and I had to walk 4 miles to the trailhead, with camping gear and firewood!

hiking
1 month ago

Be Advised: Right now if you want to get to the lake you have to park at least a few miles out from the trailhead and you defiantly need snow shoes. I would give it another month or two before another attempt.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike and great for kids! Brought my older dogs and they did fine. Gradual incline and the view at the end was amazing! Good payoff for an easy hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Punishing trail but very rewarding

hiking
1 month ago

Fairly easy hike with a great payoff. Bring some lunch and soak up views of Index and Barring.

Bridle Veils is not bad, go on ahead to the Lake to make it worth it.

I found the Lookout easy enough but couldn't find the Ridge. I ended up hiking along the service road for a bit which extended the hike by a couple of miles.

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous views, easy to moderate hike.

Beautiful day up there! A little muddy in places but not bad at all.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike in the town of Index. The views are amazing for such a short hike. There are many places to venture to from the top to get different perspectives of Mt. Index . I recommend this hike to everyone. I will be back soon.

hiking
3 months ago

Short and sweet, yet still a great workout. There is quite a bit of snow half way to the lookout so I decided to use my microspikes just to add a bit more traction to my older hiking shoes. The view from the top is beautiful, and only had to share the lookout with one other hiker. For the most part, I had the trail to myself the entire time.

Important——One thing is, the trailhead is located on hwy 2, so if you’re coming from the west make sure you are aware that this sneaks up to you. It’s on the left of highway 2 if you’re heading east and you will have to turn across the highway with little notice. Could be unsafe for some.

Steep hike but not difficult. A lot of snow at the top and too slippery for just tennis/hiking boots. Had to turn around because we didn’t have the best shoes for compact snow and ice.

Amazing views! Short, steep hike

hiking
4 months ago

One of the best in NW. Challenging hike all the way to the finish, but definitely wonderful Lake, glacier, and mountain peaks. Trail is well maintained, but on the top it gets confusing where to go for the first timers. You’ll pass a small lake to get to your destination.

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