Adventure: Not Just a Walk in the Woods at Indian Point in the Columbia River Gorge
Described to me as "Angel's Rest and Eagle Creek's ugly sister..."
The Indian Point hike loops over 7.6 miles via the Herman Creek Trail. Sure, there aren't the sweeping Columbia River Gorge views as you hike the heavily wooded trail, but it's a fine day hike nevertheless.
The freezing fog and bitter cold set in around mile four. Unfortunately, this meant that we couldn't catch the view of the Gorge at Indian Point. What was supposed to be a moderate hike quickly turned into a tough one due to the weather, and it was a strong reminder of why it's always good to be prepared. In the summer, I'd imagine that Indian Point is a completely different hike. The trail is moderately difficult and you'll certainly feel accomplished by the end of it.
During our last two miles, the sun came shining through the trees for a vastly different hike.
Given the beautiful forests and scenery a plenty in the Pacific Northwest, there are few "ugly" hikes in Oregon and Indian Point certainly isn't one of them. There are prettier and more popular trails in the Gorge but if you're looking for a challenge that tacks on a bit of mileage, then Indian Point via the Herman Creek Trailhead is a good option.
If you go:
Indian Point Trail via the Herman Creek Trailhead
Columbia River Gorge