The trail climbs sharply through a forest of Douglas fir for a mile to a view of the Goat Rocks, Sawtooth Mountain, Mount Rainier, and Mount Adams. From this viewpoint you get a great view of Mount Adams and the Goat Rocks. It's worth bringing a camera for this one. From there the path continues uphill to a small meadow below Bird Mountain's cliffs before the trail levels off for a mile to an unmarked junction at your first view of Cultus Lake. Continue right around beautiful, alpine Cultus Lake to a junction with the Lemei Trail.
Map & Directions
From Portland take I-84 to the Cascade Locks exit 44. Cross the Bridge of the Gods. Turn right on Highway 14 for 6 miles. Then turn left on Highway 30 and go through the town of Carson. Stay on the highway for 30.3 miles. Make sure you keep right at the fork at the 14.5 mile mark. Then turn right on gravel Lone Butte Road (Road 30) for 7.9 miles. Then turn right on gravel Road 24 for 4 miles to the Cultus Creek Campground. Park at the far end of the campground loop by a sign that reads Indian Heaven Trail.