The Indian Heaven Wilderness is tiny compared to some of the wilderness preserves in Washington, but don’t let its size fool you. This is a rare gem with its multitude of sparkling lakes, acres of flower-filled meadows, fields of rich berries, and herds of deer and elk.
There are many ways to enter the tiny wilderness area, but from the south the most scenic access is from the top of Red Mountain, a cinder cone volcano. The trail starts high, and the elevation doesn’t change much along the route’s length as the trail follows ridges north. The route leads past a historic gathering place of Northwest tribes—the Indian Racetrack—and traverses a long ridge before ending in the shadow of another volcano, Gifford Peak.
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