Cultus Creek Trail

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington

Elevation Gain1,363ft
Trailhead Elevation4,002ft
Elevation Min/Max3995/5236ft
Elevation Start/End4002/4002ft

Cultus Creek Trail

Cultus Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Skamania County, Washington. It is within Indian Heaven Wilderness Area and Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 4,002 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is three miles with a total elevation gain of 1,363 feet. The Cultus Creek Campground camp site is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Pacific Crest Trail.

Cultus Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Like nearly all of the hikes in the Indian Heaven Wilderness, this loop features a plethora of lakes, ponds, and grassy meadows. As a bonus, you’ll catch a glimpse of the sub-alpine terrain just under the shoulders of Bird Mountain, have an opportunity to dip your toes in the clear waters of Deep Lake, and enjoy several good views of Mount Adams to the northwest, which reigns over these lands."

"This 6.9-mile trip makes a loop into the heart of the scenic Indian Heaven Wilderness and offers a healthy sampling of the area’s lakes, forests, and meadows. As a day hike or overnighter, this moderately difficult trip offers a good introduction for novice campers and backpackers.

Camps at many of the lakes make a good base for further excursions to remote lakes or along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Come here in fall and you’ll also find some of the best berry picking around."

"Cultus Creek Trail offers lots of flowers and an excellent view of Mount Adams as well as the shortest access route to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in the Indian Heaven Wilderness. Leaving the Cultus Creek Campground, the trail climbs through mixed fir and hemlock forest.

Huckleberry bushes encroach on the tread as it gains altitude. A small metal sign lets you know you are entering Indian Heaven Wilderness 0.2 mile from the trailhead. Lupine, paintbrush, phlox, and avalanche lilies bloom in the openings in mid-July, and occasionally leopard lilies pop up, adding their festive orange color."

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Trail Information

Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Nearby City
Indian Heaven Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mount Adams Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails Indian Heaven No. 365S
Local Maps

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Nov 2018