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Lemei Rock

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Lemei Rock from the Lemei Trail (bobcat)
Mt. Adams from the top of Lemei Rock (bobcat)

Description

At 5925 feet, Lemei Rock is the high point of the Indian Heaven Wilderness, towering 500 feet above the surrounding lake-filled high meadows. While it's a moderately difficult scramble to the summit itself, there are several buttes and lookouts around the crater formed at its base that boast magnificent vistas. On a clear day, you will be treated to views up to six major Cascade Peaks, including a premiere front porch view of Mount Adams to the northeast. There are several day-hike approaches to the rock starting from various Indian Heaven trailheads.

The rock itself is all that remains of an ancient volcano and the crater is now Lake Wapiki. The violent history of the area is all but hidden from glorious expanses of huckleberry bushes that characterize the area. In mid-autumn, they are a sea of reds and yellows.

While there are several trailheads to start your trek to Lemei Rock, the most direct out-and-back trip would be the Lemei Rock via Lemei Trail Hike. Other approaches to the summit are from the west using the southwest or northwest ridges.

Note: Lemei is pronounced "Lem-ee-eye".

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