Indian Heaven Lakes Loop

Trout Lake, Washington

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A magical land of extinct volcanic craters along a high plateau dotted by more than one hundred subalpine lakes, this 20,600-acre wilderness area is indeed a heavenly place. Long a gathering ground for area tribes who came to collect huckleberries, fish, tan hides, dry meats, and race horses, the area retains its signi?cance to these Native Americans. Today this land is also a popular gathering place for hikers, with its many trails, gentle topography, and enticing lakes and berry ?elds. But be warned that this heaven is a mosquito hell early in the hiking season. This classic loop leads to many of Indian Heaven’s prettiest lakes, with opportunities for side trips to more lakes and some great viewpoints. This backpacking trip can easily be shortened, as any of these wilderness lakes make ?ne destinations.
100 Classic Hikes Washington

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100 Classic Hikes Washington

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

A magical land of extinct volcanic craters along a high plateau dotted by more than one hundred subalpine lakes, this 20,600-acre wilderness area is indeed a heavenly place. Long a gathering ground for area tribes who came to collect huckleberries, fish, tan hides, dry meats, and race horses, the area retains its signi?cance to these Native Americans.

Today this land is also a popular gathering place for hikers, with its many trails, gentle topography, and enticing lakes and berry ?elds. But be warned that this heaven is a mosquito hell early in the hiking season. This classic loop leads to many of Indian Heaven’s prettiest lakes, with opportunities for side trips to more lakes and some great viewpoints. This backpacking trip can easily be shortened, as any of these wilderness lakes make ?ne destinations.

© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Trout Lake
Distance: 14
Elevation Gain: 2,150 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Season: Best July through October
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot NF, Mount Adams Ranger District, Trout Lake
Local Maps: Green Trails, Indian Heaven WA No. 365S
Driving Directions: Directions to Indian Heaven Lakes Loop

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