Indian Point Loop via Gorton Creek Trail #408

2 reviews #1 hike out of 60 in
7.9 mi
3 hrs 38 min
2,894 ft
Elev Gain


This is a difficult loop trail to Indian Point in Mount Hood National Forest.

This trail goes by Columbia River.

Getting Started

Take herman creek trail #406. When you get to the power lines follow signs for herman creek trail. When you get to creek junction follow signs up hill.

Taking Children

This is a tough hike, only take experienced hiking children.

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    1 month, 4 weeks ago
    First one on the trail and in the parking lot at 7:05am on 12/24/18. Hiked 8.9 miles counterclockwise from Herman Creek to Gorton Creek to Nick Eaton trail and back to Herman Creek. ( I had a pre recorded map, very helpful to have.) I tried this trail a couple of years ago before I got into shape and I could not finish it, it was brutal and I was, barely move sore for days after. I've been hiking practically every weekend this year and I finally was able to finish this trail!!! I did this trail counterclockwise, starting with Gorton creek was long (when you get close to the top the snow begins and much of the flat trail on Nick Eaton is covered in snow, it was not icy, so no microspikes needed 12/24/18.), with lots of switchbacks and a creek crossing and on the way down on Nick Eaton trail was brutal, my toes were smashed against the tips of my boots with every step, there are steep switchbacks on the tail end for me of this hike. My feet were so sore when I got to the Herman Creek, Pct trail, otherwise I would have gone down to check out the Herman Creek Bridge (next time!). Finished the hike at 1pm and was hiking for around 6hrs. Most of the trail is really steep so be prepared! When I got back to my car there were 4 other cars in the lot. The parking lot holds 10 cars. You must have a NW forrest pass or pay $5 day use fee. There is a pay box here. The campground when I came here is closed. The bathroom is vaulted toilet and was clean when I got there in the am, but on the smelly side when I left in the PM. I saw 6 people on the trail and all were on my descent, so after 11:30am or so. All of this trail above the power line road was affected by the eagle creek fire.
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    2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Beautiful hike and a new Gorge favorite with good views! Good steady elevation gain, proceeds through a beautiful burn. Go counterclockwise to do the steep on the uphill so the downhill isn't as hard on your knees
    ★ ★ ★ ★

Public Tracks

ccmills 2 years, 1 month ago
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First training hike for half dome
Jon Ellinger 2 years, 4 months ago
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Gubben 3 years, 1 month ago
53 Indian Point
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