Indian Heaven Wilderness Lakes

Skamania County, Washington 98616

Indian Heaven Wilderness Lakes

Indian Heaven Wilderness Lakes Professional Guide

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"A magical land of extinct volcanic craters and pastoral lawns along a high plateau dotted by over a hundred subalpine lakes, the 20,600-acre Indian Heaven Wilderness is indeed a heavenly place. Long a gathering ground for area tribes who came to gather huckleberries and fi sh, to tan hides, dry meats, race horses, and play games, the area still retains its signifi cance to these First Peoples. Today the land has become a popular gathering place for hikers, with its many trails, gentle topography, and enticing lakes and berry fi elds. But be warned that this heaven can be a mosquito hell for much of the hiking season."

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"Lake after lake is sprinkled throughout the high plateau that makes up the Indian Heaven Wilderness. Trails lead around the lakes through meadows and tall open forests. In season, the scent of sweet, juicy berries wafts through it all. Hike to as many lakes as you can stand, and snack on berries in between—it’s hiker heaven." Read more
100 Classic Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"A magical land of extinct volcanic craters along a high plateau dotted by more than one hundred subalpine lakes, this 20,600-acre wilderness area is indeed a heavenly place. Long a gathering ground for area tribes who came to collect huckleberries, fish, tan hides, dry meats, and race horses, the area retains its signi?cance to these Native Americans. Today this land is also a popular gathering place for hikers, with its many trails, gentle topography, and enticing lakes and berry ?elds. But be warned that this heaven is a mosquito hell early in the hiking season. This classic loop leads to many of Indian Heaven’s prettiest lakes, with opportunities for side trips to more lakes and some great viewpoints. This backpacking trip can easily be shortened, as any of these wilderness lakes make ?ne destinations." Read more

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Trail Information

Skamania County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
14
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Jul–late Oct
Season
Camping
Additional Use
Green Trails Indian Heaven, WA–No. 365S
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Dec 2018