Indian Heaven via Thomas Lake


Backpack - Indian Heaven via Thomas Lake

The Indian Heaven Wilderness is a high, forested plateau dotted with lakes and berry-filled meadows. Preference will be given to Foothills B3 students.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 15.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0

We will meet at the  Thomas Lake Trailhead, a 4.5-hour drive from Seattle, by 12:00 p.m. Those who wish to may meet at the South Renton Park & Ride (205 S 7th Street, Renton)  at 7:45 a.m. to caravan to the trailhead. A National Park Pass or Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the trailhead.  

Our pace will be roughly 2.0 mph, with multiple beauty breaks to enjoy our surroundings.  

  • Day 1: We will meet at the Thomas Lake Trailhead by noon, then backpack to Blue Lake, where we will set up camp. There's lots to explore if you wish, or you can take a dip or have a snooze.  Total miles: 3.5.
  • Day 2:  We will hike North on the Berry Mountain Trail up to Bear and Elk Lakes, head East to complete the loop on the Lemei Lake Trail, and then hike South on Berry Mountain back to our campsite.  Total miles: 9.0
  • Day 3: After a leisurely breakfast of gluten-free huckleberry pancakes (I promised these to Andrea), we will head back to the trailhead, exploring Thomas Lake along the way. Total miles: 4.0.

Although this trip is rated "easy," an easy backpack can become more difficult in the heat. Please be sure you are in shape to complete the mileage each day while carrying a pack. If the weather calls for extreme heat or significant rain, I will cancel or reschedule the trip. 


Indian Heaven via Thomas Lake

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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