Explore the most popular hiking 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.

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

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8 days 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!

Short but steep hike to the top of the wall. Great views at the top. Several diamond markers and pink ribbons on the upper section of the trail to guide you in the right direction. As mentioned by others, from the parking lot cross over the railroad tracks and head right. Then at the big red sign head left towards the base of the rock wall.

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11 days 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.

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12 days 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!

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16 days ago

Punishing trail but very rewarding

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20 days 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.

BEWARE: after walking over the railroad tracks make a right and follow the tracks, NOT a left. The trail is not clearly marked.

Definitely a trek but a short one. A good rainy day hike. Trail was a bit muddy in some places but nothing too bad. Poles helped. We got a lot of fog so we couldn’t see all of the views but it still is beautiful up there.

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.

Great short hike with an amazing view at the end. For those with fear of heights, I think you can manage this hike pretty well. The mid section I would say is where you really have to work at it, nothing crazy though.

Don’t be like me and leave your camelback at home. Used my water bottle instead and managed. Would of been nice to have my hands free going up and down. Careful on your way down because in the steep descent and loose rocks etc.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous views, easy to moderate hike.

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

hiking
2 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
2 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
3 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Great little hike. Amazing views at the top. Would definitely recommend.

Took the family up this trail and a sign says it is closed until 7/08/18. I am excited to come back this summer and give it another try.

It was very challenging but the top was worth the trek! if you're scared of heights this might be even more challenging.

on Blanca Lake Trail

3 months ago

very hard ,but on the end worth it

Amazing. If you’re afraid of heights it might be a bit much for you though...

hiking
3 months ago

My sister and I decided to head out on Monday trying to get in some trail time before the rain and we lucked out. Really easy switch back hike with a lot of tree cover so we didn't get soaked. Even on a gross day the view was beautiful. Will defiantly be coming back on a clearer day.

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3 months ago

This was back in November so the access is not the same now. We were hoping for a snow shoe but the day before they broke trail and the weather changed so everything was crusty. It was just easier to use spikes. They werent even needed until about half way but I didnt use them until it was time to turn around and head back down. This hike is always incredible!

Little muddy this time of year. Pretty lookout however it was cloudy today so it would be even better during the spring /summer! Quick hike & a good workout!

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