Hike 51
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Wind Mountain Hike
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Map of Wind Mountain Hike

Length: 3 miles RT
Elevation Change: 1000' gain
Season: Early Spring thru Early Winter
Difficulty:    Moderate due to elevation gain and length of hike
Permit:   Pass Not Required
GPS:   N45 42.8052 W121 45.1098
Latitude:   45.71342
Longitude:   -121.75183

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This is one of the least known hikes in the Gorge yet if offers spectacular views for such a short hike. Parking at the Trail Head is limited, so park in the designated area shown on the map. Its only a short walk to the trail itself.

The hike starts out rather steep and often challenges the hiker with intense grades. However, due to the short length of the hike, it is only a moderate in difficulty. And the reward is great.

This is the one hike on this website that has archaeological components. On the top of Wind Mountain are Native American formations created by young people during their Spirit Quest. Great care must be taken not to disturb these ruins.

Looking across the Columbia River Gorge at Mt Defiance from the summit of Wind Mountain
Looking across the Columbia River Gorge at Mt Defiance
from the summit of Wind Mountain

How to get there:

Take I-84 to Cascade Locks and cross over to Washington over the Bridge of the Gods. Travel East (right turn) on Rt 14. Take a left on Wind Mountain Rd (milepost 51). Travel just under 1 1/2 miles and take a right on Girl Scout Rd. Travel .4 mile. Just after the paved road gives way to gravel you will see a small unmarked parking area at the north side base of the mountain. Park here and continue down the gravel round about 200 yards to the unmarked trailhead. (There is a room for two small cars here. Most days you may find these open and park there)

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