Hike the Indian Point Loop: Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness

Ascend through the clouds on the Indian Point Loop Hike, a hike in the Columbia River Gorge that heads through the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. It’s not as well-known as some of the other trails in the area, so hikers can expect to have the route to themselves on a good day. And the steep trail has its highlights, including Indian Point, a rock spire that can be seen from I-84, east of Cascade Locks.

The trail can be accessed from the Gordon Creek Trail, and it’s a hike for the experienced after a certain point; expect steep cutoffs, no railings, and no warning signs. From the trailhead, the path gradually gains elevation, crosses a few streams and has a handful of switchbacks. From the place where the Gordon Creek Trail hands off to the Indian Point Loop, the trail is about 1/4 mile.

Near the summit there’s a flat open area that’s perfect for a catch-your-breath-break. You get great views of Indian Point and the gorge, but don’t try to scramble to the top of Indian Point, as the rocks is lose and prone to crumbling

Region(s):
Central Oregon
Eastern Oregon
Greater Portland
The Gorge + Mt. Hood
Oregon Coast
Southern Oregon
Willamette Valley

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