Indian Bar – Cowlitz Divide Trail

Packwood, Washington

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The trip to Indian Bar will test your trail stamina, but the payoff is an adventure in wildflowers. The basin that cradles Indian Bar Camp may well be the home of the best wildflower fields in the park. The main camp is on a small ridge above the meadows, though an old stone shelter in the heart of the meadow marks the location of the group camp. It’s also worth noting that the single most spectacular backcountry toilet in the state is found here. Rather, the toilet itself is nothing fancy—just a lidded box, really—but the views from this “throne” include the whole of the wildflower meadows, the cascades tumbling down the cliffs at the head of the basin, and the crown of Mount Rainier above it all.
Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park

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Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park

by Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)

The trip to Indian Bar will test your trail stamina, but the payoff is an adventure in wildflowers. The basin that cradles Indian Bar Camp may well be the home of the best wildflower fields in the park. The main camp is on a small ridge above the meadows, though an old stone shelter in the heart of the meadow marks the location of the group camp.

It’s also worth noting that the single most spectacular backcountry toilet in the state is found here. Rather, the toilet itself is nothing fancy—just a lidded box, really—but the views from this “throne” include the whole of the wildflower meadows, the cascades tumbling down the cliffs at the head of the basin, and the crown of Mount Rainier above it all.

©  Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Packwood
Distance: 15
Elevation Gain: 2,900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: June–Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 3,000 feet
Top Elevation: 5,914 feet
Local Contacts: Longmire Wilderness Information Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier East, No. 270
Driving Directions: Directions to Indian Bar – Cowlitz Divide Trail

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