This moderately used trail is one of the main access routes from the east into the central part of Indian Heaven Wilderness. Trail features include small lakes, ponds, marshes, meadows, wildflowers, and Junction Lake.
From East Crater Trailhead on Forest Road 6035, the trail climbs gradually through a thick mountain hemlock forest, past a series of small meadows, shallow lakes, and ponds. The trail continues into alpine forests of noble and true fir before reaching the shore of Junction Lake, where it ends at the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 near the junction with Lemei Lake Trail #179. Junction Lake sites at an elevation of 4,730 feet.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.