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Mount Defiance Trail #413, OR

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Difficulty 5 of 5
Distance One Way 6.65 miles
Trailhead Elevation 127 feet
Elevation Gain 4,830 feet
Accumulated Gain 4,852 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 22.82
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This trail is in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. Mt Defiance (4,960') is the highest point in the Columbia Gorge. This challenging 7.2 mile trail begins at Starvation Creek Rest Area (55 miles east of Portland, OR on I-84) and ends at Mt. Defiance South Trailhead (south of Mt. Defiance). There are views of the Cascade Range and the Columbia River Gorge. Visitors can combine this trail with Mitchell Point Trail #417 and Starvation Ridge Trail #414 for a demanding 8.7 mile day hike or backpack loop. There are several established campsites at Warren Lake.

Leaving from the Starvation Creek Trailhead, head west along US Hwy I-84 on an asphalt trail that quickly becomes gravel. The trail will soon enter the trees and the steep and sustained climb begins. The trail stays mainly in the trees but at the 4100’ mark there is a breathtaking view to the north of the Cascade Range, the Columbia River Gorge. After 4.1 miles, the trail intersects with Mitchell Point Trail #417 just west of Warren Lake at 4240’. The trail continues uphill heading southwest 0.4 mile to Mt. Defiance. At the summit of Mt. Defiance (4,920’) there is a large radio tower along with an unobstructed view of Mt. Hood to the south. From the summit of Mt. Defiance, start downhill continuing southwest for 1.8 miles to the junction with Bear Lake Trail #413A. This 0.7 mile trail is a nice side trip to a beautiful small lake. From the junction the trail continues downhill 0.5 mile to the trailhead at Forest Road 2820 (Dead Point Road).

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    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.

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    Starvation Creek State Park State Park

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    From Portland, OR take US Hwy I-84 east of Cascade Locks 10 miles to Starvation Creek Trailhead exit 55. From Hood River, take I-84 west to Wyeth exit 51, turn around, and drive back on the US Hwy I-84 east 3 miles to access Starvation Creek Trailhead exit 55.
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