Blue Lake Trail

Tire Junction, Washington

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Indian Heaven Wilderness abounds in forest lakes, expansive meadows, craggy peaks, and majestic wilderness. Native Americans took advantage of all those offerings, and this trail lets you do the same. The lakes you’ll pass along the route still hold hardy populations of trout. The meadows you’ll cross offer a bounty of berries, and, for those who really want to feast at the wilderness buffet, camas root (a starchy staple of the local tribal diet for centuries). Deer and elk browse through the forest/meadow interface, using the timberlands for cover and the meadows for forage. This trail, in short, takes you on a virtual trip through time, leading you back into the wild country that provided so much to the locals that lived here for millennia.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Indian Heaven Wilderness abounds in forest lakes, expansive meadows, craggy peaks, and majestic wilderness. Native Americans took advantage of all those offerings, and this trail lets you do the same. The lakes you’ll pass along the route still hold hardy populations of trout.

The meadows you’ll cross offer a bounty of berries, and, for those who really want to feast at the wilderness buffet, camas root (a starchy staple of the local tribal diet for centuries). Deer and elk browse through the forest/meadow interface, using the timberlands for cover and the meadows for forage. This trail, in short, takes you on a virtual trip through time, leading you back into the wild country that provided so much to the locals that lived here for millennia.

© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tire Junction
Distance: 13
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Late May-November
Trailhead Elevation: 4,500 feet
Top Elevation: 5,200 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Mount Adams Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 365 Mount Lone Butte, No. 397 Wind River
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Lake Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/18/2005
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This was a FUN trail. Steep, with many sustained climbs of 45 degrees, wrapping around the mountainside with a sheer drip on the right. Several rock starcases assist in the ascent. This is the only trail in the Blue Lake system restricted to hikers only and it was great. As we followed the Blue Lake Creek up and up toward the lake, we saw cool rock formations and nice cascades. The trail was dry and well maintained with no noticable ruts or holes. There was only a small bit of water on the trail in one spot. The lake itself was large and cold. The people and dogs enjoyed a swim, although the couple that was fishing off the beach seemed a little annoyed. Motorbikers access the lake from their own trail, and a loud group of them showed up while we were there and all lit up their cigarettes. A little annoying, but no big deal. I normally choose a hike for the payoff at the end (lake, vista, etc.) But on this hike, the trail was the payoff. I highly recommend it.



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