Ever since the Eagle Creek Fire broke out in September 2017, most of the trails on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge have been closed. When the trails from Angels Rest to Multnomah Falls recently reopened after restoration work, I was anxious to see how one of my favorite loop hikes fared.
Indian Heaven Wilderness is my favorite place to hike in the fall, with huckleberries in brilliant shades of yellow and red. We were planning to hike to Blue Lake from the Thomas Lake trailhead, but the road was washed out so we started at the Indian Racetrack instead and hiked up to the Red Mountain lookout.
Beginning at Wahtum Lake, we hiked to the narrow open ridge and summit of Tomlike Mountain.
This is a great conditioning hike, with a lot of elevation gain that isn’t too difficult. May is a good time to see rhododendrons and bear grass in bloom.