Hike 45
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Warren Lake Hike
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Length:   11 mile loop
Elevation Change:   4000'
Season:   Late spring to early fall
Difficulty:   Very Difficult
Permit:   NW Forest Pass Required

This hike along with several others begins at the rest area for Starvation Creek Falls. Follow the freeway for a short distance and you will come to an extremely steep trail to your left that begins the grueling Starvation Creek Ridge hike up to Warren Lake.

This climb is almost unrelenting and the slight downhill that occurs just before the lake is more than welcome relief. The lake is beautiful and worth the effort. Continue on past Warren Lake until you come to the Mt Defiance trail. Take a right and head down hill and back to the trail head to complete the loop.

Warren Lake
Warren Lake near the base of Mt. Defiance

How to get there:

Starvation Creek Trailhead: Traveling east on I-84, take Exit #55/Starvation Creek State Park and Rest Area (eastbound exit only).

Traveling west on I-84, you'll continue past Exit #55 to Exit #51/Wyeth and come back east.

The Starvation Ridge and Mt. Defiance trails begin at the west end of the parking lot by walking alongside the freeway. Starvation Creek Falls is east of the restrooms.

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