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Indian Pits Trail #180E

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

0.8 mile 1.3 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 174' 53 m
Descent: -259' -79 m
High: 4,118' 1,255 m
Low: 3,895' 1,187 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Bruce Hope

A short hike to see a Native American cultural feature and for big views of peaks to the north and south.

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Please do not disturb any cultural or archaeological features in this area. The pits are usually snow-filled between November and March.

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This trail may be obscure in spots, particularly when the vegetation is in full growth during the summer.

Description

This trail leaves the Silver Star Trail #180 and winds its way over Point 4086, across a saddle, and up onto the open, treeless, rocky ridge on which sit the pits. These are deep depressions created on the open slope by rearranging the rocks found there.

Though clouded in mystery, it is believed these pits dug from the rockslides were used as vision-quest sites by young men, hunting blinds, or food storage areas. Similar features are commonly found throughout the Columbia River Gorge.

The views from the ridge are also fantastic—on a clear day you can see Hood, Jefferson, Saint Helens, Adams, and Rainier.

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Silver Star (L), Mount Saint Helens (center), and Mount Rainier (R)
May 15, 2018 near Venersborg, WA
Silver Star from near the Indian Pits
May 15, 2018 near Venersborg, WA
Silver Star and Mount Saint Helens
May 15, 2018 near Venersborg, WA
Silver Star and Mount Saint Helens from near the Indian Pits
May 15, 2018 near Venersborg, WA
An Indian Pit in winter
May 15, 2018 near Venersborg, WA

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