- Date hiked: 08/07/2022
- Hiked from: Wild Basin Trailhead/Thunder Lake Campsite
- Distance hiked: 7.5 miles – 1 way
- elevation gain: 2,700 ft
- Maintained trail: No
- Overall Difficulty: 9/10 – Long hike. Good route finding needed.
- Overall Views: 6/10 – Good views. You really feel like your in a remote location out here (you are)
Getting to Indigo Pond. There are a few ways to access Indigo Pond. The way we did it involved a lot more elevation gain. We went up Boulder-Grand Pass, so we could also visit Lake of Many Winds. From Boulder-Grand Pass we headed towards Tanima Peak and the start of The Cleaver. The route down is pretty straight forward, just pick the path of least resistance and prepare to surf on scree. If two or more people are on the same path, use caution and wear a helmet. Lots of loose rocks that we saw rolling down several hundred feet. Goats can kick rocks too just a heads up, and we saw a few back there.
Alternate Route: From Eagle Lake. Bushwhack around to the west shore of Eagle Lake. Climb up boulders, passing an unnamed pond, up more boulders, following the drainage up to Indigo Pond. Recommend staying in the middle of the valley to the south of the drainage, although most of the terrain back here is the same.
We did this as a loop ‘hike’ around Tanima Peak from Thunder Lake. Here’s the specific route we recorded on Alltrails – https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/afternoon-hike-at-lake-of-many-winds-bf424cb