Indian Heaven


Backpack - Indian Heaven

Join the Tacoma Singles Activities Committee to explore the most beautiful area of the Cascades, with the most alpine lakes and the most huckleberries, missing both the bugs and the Labor Day weekend crowds, camping two nights at picturesque Junction Lake and doing an optional easy day hike on Sunday past eight other beautiful lakes.

  • Fri, Sep 7, 2018 — Sun, Sep 9, 2018
  • Tacoma Singles Activities Committee
  • Backpacking
  • 20-30 Somethings, Families, Adults, Singles, Youth, Retired Rovers
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 900 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 10 AM Friday at the Lone Fir Cafe in Cougar, reached by driving south on I-5 and then east onto SR 503 in Woodland. 

At the Lone Fir Cafe on Friday we'll have an early hot lunch to fuel up for the backpack into our campsite.  We'll caravan for an hour from Cougar to the Thomas Lake trailhead on mostly paved roads, with a short stretch of well-maintained gravel road at the end.  We'll then hike in four miles to Junction Lake, where we camp two nights.  Sunday we'll do an optional easy loop day hike past eight other beautiful alpine lakes and stop for lunch and a possible swim at one of them.  After our camp dinners on Friday and Saturday, we'll have smores around the campfire.  During the drive out on Sunday we'll have an optional lunch stop at the Lone Fir Cafe in Cougar.  There are public restrooms in Cougar, across the street from the Lone Fir Cafe.  There are also restrooms at the Lone Fir Cafe and the Thomas Lake trailhead.  There are no restroom facilities on our hiking route.  A Northwest Forest Pass, or the equivalent, must be posted by each car parked at the trailhead.


Indian Heaven

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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