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It was a cool and drizzly morning on the edge of the Indian Heaven Wilderness. The 32 square-mile Wilderness has many large, open meadows to explore.
In a couple of miles I was standing by a small lake at the north end of a huge, flat meadow. The open area was used by the tribes for centuries as a place to race horses until the 1920s. A beautiful spot indeed!
From the meadows it was a steep one-mile climb to the summit of Red Mountain, the remains of a cinder cone volcano. There was a rare, standing lookout site at the top. If there hadn’t been a heavy cloud cover, the views would have extended to Mt. Hood in the south to Mt. Rainier in the north.
Open returning to the Indian Racetrack, I took a short connector trail to the Pacific Crest Trail and followed it for awhile to the south.
Indian Heaven remains one of the prettiest late summer and autumn areas near Portland.