Indian Point Loop via Gorton Creek Trail #408
This is a difficult lollypop loop trail with the Herman Creek Trail as the "stem" and the loop formed by the Nick Eaton, Gorton Creek and Deadwood trails. There is significant elevation gain, although the trails are not particularly steep.
From the Herman Creek Trailhead follow Herman Creek Trail to the junction with Gorton Creek to hike clockwise or continue to the Nick Eaton trail to hike counterclockwise.
Detour to Indian Point from the Gorton Creek trail. The route to Indian Point is steep and there are sheer dropoffs on both sides of the saddle. Use Gaia to find the turnoff.
A detour up peak 3152 is an option from the Nick Eaton trail with views to the east.
There is still a decent camp spot with water at Deadwood Camp amidst the burned forest. The forest understory has rebounded since the 2017 Eagle Creek fire.
For a shorter loop, use the Ridge Cutoff trail as a connector rather than the Deadwood trail.
The official Herman Creek Trailhead is closed since the 2018 Eagle Creek fire; however, parking is allowed along the frontage road. Check the forest service web page for updates. Park along the frontage road and walk up the road to the former Herman Creek Campground and Trailhead. There is a bathroom at the trailhead.
Tough for children due to the elevation gain and steep dropoffs at Indian Point.
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