This trail is in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness and is one of the most strenuous hikes in the Mount Hood National Forest and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.
This trail begins at Starvation Creek State Park (I-84) and ends at Mitchell Point Trail #417. Leaving from the Starvation Creek Trailhead (120’), head west along US Hwy I-84 on Mount Defiance Trail #413, which is an asphalt trail that quickly becomes gravel. After 0.25 mile the trail reaches the beginning of Starvation Ridge Trail #414. Turn left (south) onto #414 and begin the series of switchbacks that climb 0.7 mile to Starvation Ridge (1,160’). The trail continues climbing south following Starvation Ridge for a further 1.8 miles to the trails end at the junction with Mitchell Point Trail #417 (3,250’).
Loop opportunity: Hikers can return to the Starvation Creek Rest Area Trailhead on Starvation Ridge Trail #414 or by making an 8.7 mile loop by turning right onto Mitchell Point Trail #417 and following it for 1.9 miles to Mount Defiance Trail #413. Turn right (north) onto #413 and follow it 4.1 miles to the trailhead.
Check out the Official Route and Triplog.
This is a difficult hike. Arrive fit and prepared or this could get ugly.
This hike is listed as One-Way.
When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.