PCT Hike North and South of Indian Heaven Wilderness

Hike Distance: 7.3 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 822.8 miles

Elevation Gain: 1067 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 79520 feet

We had to escape the near 100 degree temperatures in Portland so we headed out to one of our favorite places, Indian Heaven Wilderness. There was no snow at the TH, on the southern boundary, but that changed drastically as we climbed in elevation. Within a mile we reached solid snow on the trail, and by two miles (elevation about 4300 feet) out there was 4-6 feet of snow!!! The snow kept the air temperature pleasantly in the 60’s to 70’s, with occasional breezes that felt like it was in the 50’s. We reached Sheep Lake and was pleasantly greeted by a chorus of frogs, and I’ve included this wonderful music for your listening pleasure. We met two very nice couples and a family. Most of the hikers we met had turned around because of losing the trail in the snow but we had enough experience and more than one gps. The snow was fairly consolidated but turned soft and slippery later in the hike. We turned around at about 2.25 miles when we reached what should have been a meadow, but was instead a frozen pond! On the way back Carol noticed a large number of Trillium just starting to bloom, and we stopped to take pictures. We ended up going south on the PCT for an additional 1.5 miles, and when we returned to our car there was a very cool breeze blowing south from Indian Heaven Wilderness! Our car outside temperature meter read 72 degrees and we returned home to see a 92 degree temperature. Such a fun day in paradise.