#29 Indian Point trail

Indian Pt trail views

Indian Point trail

     The Indian Point trail leads to one of the Gorge’s most impressive viewpoints.  Of course Indian Point isn’t signed, so be sure to have good directions to find the unsigned spur path leading out to the impressive basalt knob of Indian Point.

The trailhead is within the Herman Creek campground


       After quite a few signed junctions, you eventually turn onto Gorton Creek trail to climb the final 2.6 miles to the  Indian Point spur path.  Along the way, make sure to look for Mt St Helens peeking through the trees as you cross a gully underneath a distinctive downed tree:

Mt St Helens showing from the Indian Pt trail


Indian Pt, as seen just before the spur path down to it.


Hiker's out at Indian Pt's most impressive perch!!


Approaching Indian Pt's knob


Mt Adams over Home Valley

       After time at Indian Point, you now have to decide to retrace your steps or make a longer loop of the hike by taking the Ridge Cutoff trail to the Nick Eaton Ridge trail, as the picture in my guidebook shows.  In my book I somewhat discourage this due to the steep and loose-ness of the Nick Eaton trail, but if you are hiking in the Spring, say late May/early June…then the Nick Eaton trail should be firmer-packed and the addition of nice wildflower meadow-slopes makes this loop option worth the extra bit up up as well as the steeper “down”.  The Nick Eaton trail also gives you a glimpse of the tip of Mt Hood as well as a smashing view of the Columbia flowing westward past Beacon Rock and Angel’s Rest.    I say….Go for it!!

The tip of Mt Hood from the Nick Eaton trail


Early-June wildflowers on Nick Eaton trail


Nick Eaton trail wildflowery hanging meadows


Impressive view est on Nick Eaton trail



One Response to “#29 Indian Point trail”

  1. Chewie Says:

    Hiked this today with my dogs and a couple of friends. Just a little snow up high and the scramble down to Indian Point. Great hike with beautiful forest seclusion most of the way.

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