Indian Henry's via West Side Road

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We would take West Side Road 1 mile to Tahoma Creek trail-to the suspension bridge. Cross the bridge and hike to Indian Henry's and mirror lake. NOTE: we MUST cross the bridge which is fairly high and crosses the melting glacier. If you are too frightened to cross, we will not turn back. Be sure you can do the crossing.

 

12miles RT
2200' elevation gain (best guess from map)

As usual bring the 10 essentials, everything you need to keep yourself comfortable and safe, a sense of humor and adventure.


WE ARE NOT TRAINED GUIDES OR LEADERS. WE ARE HIKING AND INVITE YOU TO JOIN US. OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES HAVE RISK. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR SAFETY. THE MORE PREPARED, THE BETTER CHANCE OF STAYING SAFE.
Bring cash for drivers, have a full tank of gas, need a parks pass

PLEASE: Have ID, medical info and emerg. #s on your person, not just in your phone. Thanks.

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  • Regina

    p.s. The creek crossing was wild! Thanks for the support, Dirk, Mac, and Bob!!!

    August 22, 2013

  • Regina

    Loved the hike, couldn't believe how beautiful it was, and met some new people. Can't wait to get out and do it again.

    August 22, 2013

  • Dave P.

    Thanks Judy for the hike. Thank you everyone for waiting for the
    Slow one. Loved every minute of it .

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • Lena

    Judy, thanks again for organizing this. The bridge is so cool! And the creek is quite an adventure...

    1 · August 19, 2013

  • Peter

    sorry for the late cancelation. Woke up feeling sick. :( I really wanted to go but don't think it's wise.

    August 18, 2013

  • Jeff K

    Bummer, I made other plans before I got in. Would have loved to gone on this hike. Have a great time!

    August 16, 2013

  • Kevin F.

    I have seen mountain goats this year (and other years) near the top of Emerald Ridge. You can also climb up to get some great views of Adams, St Helens and even Mt Hood on a clear day. This is from the tippy top of Emerald ridge (which is a little off your route to Indian Henry's). You have to leave the trail to reach to climb up - this is the route that climbers take for the Tahoma Glacier route to summit. You can see the use trail towards the glacier at the top of Emerald Ridge

    August 14, 2013

  • Kevin F.

    I have crossed this stream several times this year. With increased foot traffic, the route has shifted a bit since the beginning of the season - and will probably shift every week. My preferred route is to stay left and walk in the water at the very edge of the left or North side of the stream at this spot. You can maintain your balance by holding on to the steep slope that you walk along. Then climb up and around a big tree stump on the left. For fun one trip, I headed into the brush and climbed over this part of the creek on the left or North side. This is doable and fun and takes some extra time.

    August 14, 2013

  • Judy K

    Thanks for the heads up, Peter - I'm thinking of going Kautz Creek to Indian Henry, because I'm just not sure what level the creek will be at. What do you think?

    August 12, 2013

    • Peter

      The river was white with mostly glacial melt so I expect the water level to be similar though it may be a little lower. Since our crossing was on the way out we crossed in our boots and hiked the remainder wet. In this case we would be hiking in so extra shoes would be necessary. Crossing was easy for me but some may find it a bit daunting if they are not used to crossing in current. Log crossing is also possible but walking over a river on a narrow log can also be unnerving.

      August 12, 2013

    • Peter

      I say cross the creek, it adds adventure plus I hate to miss the suspension bridge. :)

      August 12, 2013

  • Peter

    I recommend bringing sandals to cross the river. We had to cross to sand bar a few weeks ago when hiking Emerald Ridge on the Tahoma Creek trail. Knee high swift water.

    August 12, 2013

    • Steph

      Yes, I feared for my life! HA! Good times and for sure, a new story to tell on my next hike.

      August 12, 2013

  • Steph

    Wish I could go. This sounds like a great hike but I will be heading out-of-town. Have fun!

    August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry to cancel but a weekend hiking trip in the North Cascades ....

    July 29, 2013

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