Index Town Wall
May 25, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Index Town Wall
- Region: Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
- Avg Rating: 3.33
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Be Aware Of
This is a great time to climb this trail. The new growth is just budding, the little ferns are uncurling, and fresh green sprouts are poking up in all their healthy hopeful exhuberance. The flowers are tiny but very nice - starflower, bleeding heart, honeysuckle, and delicious miner's lettuce. This lettuce here is sweet and bursting with chorophyll, not bitter or acidic like some.
At the top of the ridge there is a wire fence across a rivulet. Turn left to follow an abandoned road through beautiful forest carpeted with fresh green mosses. Turn right and go up the rivulet to the viewpoints. On a clear day Mt. Baring, Mt. Index, Merchant Peak, and Perseus Mountain are all in their glory and today was special because they still had their snow.
After a knee punishing climb down, enjoy a delicious coffee at the Espresso Chalet just up highway 2 from the junction into Index.