East Crater Trail

Mt Adams Ranger District

This work party starts at 2:00PM
Sat, Sep 03 to Sat, Sep 10, 2011


Indian Heaven Wilderness is 20,600 acres of broad, rolling country, straddling the crest of the Cascade Range with subalpine meadows and 175 small lakes. Originally known to the Indians as "Sahalee Tyee," the area has been and is culturally important to Native Americans. "Indian Heaven" offers visitors wildlife and panoramic views, as well as wildflowers and huckleberries, in season. The natural scenic beauty of Indian Heaven is enhanced by several interesting volcanic formations such as East Crater and Lake Sahalee-Tyee. Lemei Rock is the highest point in the area, at 5,927 feet, and provides majestic views of the Cascades and Wapiki Lake. Might as well head there on your day off!

Easy 2.5 mile backpack.

The East Crater Trail is one of the more popular entry points into this wilderness gem and a connector to the Pacific Crest Trail. Your crew’s project will be to construct a 75 ft. turnpike (raised trail bed) to elevate the trail above the water table. Other side projects may include installing trail signs, clearing drainage structures and restoring existing turnpikes in the area.

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is located in southwest Washington. It is bordered on the south by the Columbia River and on the north by Mt. Rainier. The eastern boundary is the Wenatchee National Forest and the Columbia Plateau. The general terrain is more gentle that its' neighbor forest to the north. There are still forests of old growth Douglas fir, hemlock and cedar. The peaks are generally in the 5-6,000 foot elevation range. The Forest contains two major volcanoes, Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens. The Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Monument is entirely within the Forest. The Forest has seven Wilderness Areas - Glacier View, the William O. Douglas, Tatoosh, Goat Rocks, Mt, Adams, Indian Heaven, and Trapper Creek. The area still has some large roadless areas and wonderful trails. Early trails were the result of exploration, prospecting, and cattle and sheep grazing. The bulk of the trail system was built in the 1920's and 30's for fire lookouts and protection. Most of these trails were built for rapid access at the expense of the environment. The Forest contains about 1,500 miles of trails. Trails bordering on the Portland/Vancouver area receive extensive use but trails deeper in the Forest offer wonderful backcountry experiences. The beauty of the Gifford Pinchot is often overlooked by the Puget Sound metropolis to its north.

This is one of our Volunteer Vacations. There is $235 fee ($195 for WTA members). You will be required to fill out an application form including your outdoors experience and medical history before we can allow you to join the trip.

This is a week-long work party. You must be 18 years or older to attend. Participants must be able to attend all days. Late arrivals and early departures are not allowed.


GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head

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