Indian Point

Field of flowers on Nick Eaton Trail

Field of flowers on Nick Eaton Trail

On 3 June 2013, Alex and I went on a hike in the gorge. We were looking to go somewhere with few crowds, but a high viewpoint, and a trail we hadn’t done before. That led us to Indian Point on the Oregon side. In Scott Cook’s 3rd edition of Curious Gorge guidebook, this is entry 29 Indian Point Trail/Herman Creek. We decided to take the Nick Eaton trail up, and the Gorton Creek trail down. (By the way, this is the opposite direction that William Sullivan suggests in his guidebook 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon.) The walk is 2600 feet of elevation gain, and 8 miles long.

First view from Nick Eaton Trail. Mt. Hood faintly shows up beyond the forested hills.

First view from Nick Eaton Trail. Mt. Hood faintly shows up beyond the forested hills.

After climbing up for a while (about four miles), the Nick Eaton trail met up with Gorton Creek trail at a “T” junction. Heading on Gorton Creek trail for a minute led to a small trail on the left that dropped down about ten minutes to Indian Point. Indian Point itself was pretty, but my fear of falling prevented me from going out too far. Here are the views I got without climbing on the ten foot wide rock pathway to the rock formation shooting out into the gorge:

A peek out into the gorge, looking east, from Indian Point.

A peek out into the gorge, looking east, from Indian Point.

Indian Point

Indian Point

The view looking down at the road from Indian Point.

The view looking down at the road from Indian Point.

Mt Adams across the gorge from Indian Point.

Mt Adams across the gorge from Indian Point.

The return from Indian Point felt long, but there were rewards: forested shade, wildflowers, and occasional views into the gorge.

Powerlines near the beginning of the trail.

Powerlines near the beginning of the trail.

Orange tiger lily at the trailhead.

Orange tiger lily at the trailhead.

there was a vault restroom at the trailhead.

There was a vault restroom at the trailhead.

The restroom had a fun tree detail above the door.

The restroom had a fun tree detail above the door.

The trail was beautiful, and there weren’t many people hiking at all. However, I am uncertain if the climb is worth it for Indian Point — unless you aren’t afraid of falling. I got more enjoyment out of the views from the Nick Eaton trail of Mt. Hood and the gorge mountains on the Oregon side.

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