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Washington Backcountry Trails

Stuck in the snow

Me at the entrance

Indian Heaven Wilderness

Mark in a cave

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Location: Southern Washington 
Directions: Head down I-5 to I-205 then east on Hwy 14 to Carlson and head up the Wind River Road.
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation +/- minimal
Distance: short
Rating: 4 out of 10
Fishing: Did not try, too much snow
Scenery: Cool caves and lots of frozen lakes
Map: Printable Topo Map


Indian Heaven Wilderness is a beautiful place, we went in the winter time and got into some fresh snow.

We managed to find some caves. The first cave was only a few hundred feet deep, still neat. But the second one was miles deep it seemed, we dawned our head lamps and crawled in. Hike along all the sharp lava rocks was tough on the Gore-Tex. We found numerous small chutes off to the sides. There were a number of people friendly bats also. After we were done exploring we stopped a friends place and they informed us that the bears hibernate in those caves. Feeew, I am glad we did not awaken any of those bruins.

I did managed to get us stuck out in the middle of nowhere right at dusk, we camped there, had a roaring fire. The next morning we got up and dug out the truck, I had to be back in Puyallup to register for spring quarter classes.

Do it again? Yes

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