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:
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!!