Hike 46
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Mt Defiance Hike
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THE FOLLOWING MAP IS NOT TO BE USED FOR NAVIGATIONAL PURPOSES.

Length:   12.2 RT
Elevation Change:   4500' gain
Season:   Late spring to early fall
Difficulty:    Very difficult due to the steepness of trail and length of hike

Permit:   NW Forest Pass Required
Features:


Trail follows freeway for about a mile before beginning a grueling 15 switchback climb where the trail kinda levels off for a mile or so.  Then things begin to get steep again to about 4000'.  Within a mile of the top you have the opportunity to take a loop trail the west of the summit and approach the top from the south side.  Return down the north side and meet up with the trail you came up on.



Looking northwest across the Columbia River Gorge toward Mt St Helens from the Mt Defiance trail
Looking northwest across the Columbia River Gorge
toward Mt St Helens from the Mt Defiance trail

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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