McClellan Meadows Tr157 combined with the Snofoot Tr148/Tr150 Loop, Valley Ski Tr151, Oldman Pass Tr154 and Terminator Tr159 creates a great XC Ski trail system and a relatively easy mountain bike ride.
For XC Skiing, McClellan Meadows Tr157 has relatively steep grades and unbridged stream crossings, creating a challenging trail for skiers with excellent skills.
The Oldman Pass Tr154 and Snofoot Tr148/Tr150 CCW loops are an easy trip through the forest with rolling hills and flats, with grooming and ski tracks set by the forest service.
Valley Ski Tr151 is recommended for skiers with good downhill/uphill skills due to steep terrain, requiring quick reaction. The trail passes through the forest, descending into the Wind River Valley, and crossing a rough hewn bridge over the Wind River. After the bridge it climbs up to a clearcut and intersects with FR3053.
Nearby Falls Cr Tr152 can add some moderate terrain to this trail network, but is best ridden as a shuttle from Oldman Pass.
The last mile of the 2.7mi Terminator Tr159 gains 1000', but the section from FR3053 to FR130 could be ridden as a OAB spur.
Terminator Tr159 gets little use but could be considered as a short spur from McClellan Meadows Tr157.
The relatively short Paradise Tr153 and 124-Trail are nearby and worth checking out if camping in the area but not long enough to be destination trails.
Another option is to ascend 3.3mi on Oldman Pass Tr154 and possibly tie the ride in with some of the Snofoot Tr148 ski loops.
The first 2.5mi of Oldman Pass Tr154 is essentially flat, an easy OAB spur over rolling terrain.
Directions from FR90: FR90E to Curley Cr Rd (just prior to the Lewis River TH). Turn right onto Curley Cr Rd then go 6mi to FR30. Turn right onto FR30 and go 3mi to Old Man Pass.
Mosquitoes are ferocious in this area until August. Feel free to try the natural repellents, and avoid drinking carbonated drinks prior to riding, but Deet 100 may be the only protection from 'the swarm'.
The 20,782 acre Indian Heaven Wilderness is a forested high plateau, dominated by fir (Pacific silver, noble, subalpine), with numerous open meadows and more than 150 lakes. Many of the lakes are stocked with rainbow and brook trout.
Lava once flowed from the numerous volcanic cones that rise above the plateau which reach their highest point on Lemei Rock (5927'), where a broad crater now contains Lake Wapiki.
Originally known as 'Sahalee Tyee', the area is culturally important to Native Americans. Over the past 9,000 years the Yakima, Klickitat, Cascades, Wasco, Wishram, and Umatilla tribes gathered here for berry picking, fishing, and hunting. Indian Racetrack is named after a 2000' long field where horse racing once provided a break from the tribal food-gathering routine.
Fall is a good time to visit due to the brilliant fall colors and the winding down of mosquito season.
Watch for native summertime deer and elk populations, along with black bears during the fall huckleberry season.
No camping allowed within 100 feet of the Pacific Crest Trail or within 100 feet of lakes, with exceptions at designated Thomas and Blue Lake campsites.
Tombstone Lake Trail 55 is a .5mi trail from the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail 2000 (near the east shore of Blue Lake) to Tombstone Lake. The lake and trail are named for the rock jutting out of the small lake.
Thomas Lake Tr111 is a heavily-used trail ascends to a meadow, then continues past Brader Lake and Naha Lake to Rock Lake and Little Rock Lake before heading south past Lake Umtux. Pass through the broad plateau meadow by numerous unnamed ponds and tiny lakes. Descend into timber, passing Lake Sahalee Tyee, ending at Blue Lake with the junction of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Lake Sahalee Tyee lies in the shallow crater of an old volcano, where Native Americans built slow-burning fires in trenches, preserving berries for later use by drying them over the radiant heat.
McClellan Meadows Trail 157, Valley Ski Trail 151
Trail 124, Lava Butte Trail 200
East Crater Trail 48, Indian Racetrack Trail 171, Lemei Lake Trail 179, Pacific Crest Trail 2000H, Thomas Lake Trail 111, Tombstone Lake Trail 55
McClellan Meadows Trail 157, Oldman Pass Trail 154, Snofoot Trail 148, Snofoot Trail 150, Valley Ski Trail 151
Paradise Creek Campground
Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.