Visit Indian Race Track and Red Mountain
A Section of the
Pacific Crest Trail
Indian Race Track is a place of history. Native Americans used to meet here annually to pick berries, socialize and compete in horse racing. Although I’ve read that you can still see the race track, I couldn’t pick it out. Maybe I’m looking in the wrong place. But it is still a great place to visit.
The trailhead for this hike starts from road 60 at Crest Camp on the Pacific Crest Trail. It is a fairly easy uphill trek for about 3 miles. At this time of year (early August) the bear grass in is bloom and mosquitoes abound. I had forgotten to bring any insect repellant.
Sheep Lake is one of the sights along the way. I wanted to stop and explore the edge of the lake for tadpoles, frogs, and whatever else there might be. But the mosquitoes would not let me tarry long.
Trail 171 to
After a while, Trail 171A splits off to the left. It has a sign that indicates this is a shortcut to Indian Race Track. It is, however, the only trail from the PCT. Along this trail, you can catch a glimpse of the lookout at the top of Red Mountain. Upon arriving at Indian Race Track, there is Trail 171 to the left that will take you to the top of Red Mountain (nearly a mile). This trail is quite steep, but gives a great view of Mt Adams.
Indian Heaven Race Track
I came back down from Red Mountain and spent some time enjoying Indian Race Track. There was a lake with lots of tracks. I wish I was better at identifying them, but there was Elk, Deer, Coyote and some others I couldn’t identify.
Eventually, I sat down and ate my lunch. There was a gentle breeze that kept the mosquitoes tolerable and the sun was warm. I grabbed my cup and stove and heated some water for a cup of Starbuck’s Via ®. A very pleasant day indeed!!