Indian Bar – Cowlitz Divide Trail

Packwood, Washington 98361

Indian Bar – Cowlitz Divide Trail

Indian Bar – Cowlitz Divide Trail Professional Guide

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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."

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One Night Wilderness: Portland: Backcountry Getaways Within Three Hours of the City (Wilderness Press)
Doug Lorain
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"One of the classic beauty spots in Mount Rainier National Park, Indian Bar is a fairly small but spectacular basin of abundant wildflowers, streaking waterfalls, and outstanding mountain scenery. There may be no more beautiful location in the Pacific Northwest backcountry."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,900 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,914 feet
Top Elevation
Longmire Wilderness Information Center
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mount Rainier East, No. 270
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