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Mount Defiance (Oregon)

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - OR
45.7029, -121.6187 Map & Directions
Length
8.7 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
4800 feet
Highest Point
4960 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
Flowers from Mount Defiance. Photo by WoodsWarrior Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage

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Oregon State Parks Day-Use

This grind of a hike is one of the most strenuous hikes in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Continue reading

Rating
4.00 out of 5

Hiking Mount Defiance (Oregon)

This grind of a hike is one of the most strenuous hikes in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

The trail begins at Starvation Creek State Park just off of I-84, and ends at the junction for the Mitchell Point Trail, but most hikers do this trail as a loop.

Leaving from the Starvation Creek Trailhead, head west along Hwy I-84 on Mount Defiance Trail, an asphalt trail that quickly becomes gravel. After a quarter-mile, the trail reaches the beginning of Starvation Ridge Trail #414.

Turn left here onto Starvation Ridge trail, and begin the series of switchbacks that climb 0.7 mile to Starvation Ridge at 1160 feet. You'll continue climbing south, following Starvation Ridge for another 1.8 miles to the trails end at the junction with Mitchell Point trail, found at 3,250 feet.

You can turn around here, but if you'd like to do a loop, turn right onto Mitchell Point trail, and follow it for 1.9 miles to another junction with the Mount Defiance Trail. Turn right at this junction (getting back on Mount Defiance trail) and continue for another 4.1 miles back to the trailhead. 

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Mount Defiance (Oregon)

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 45.7029, -121.6187 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Oregon State Parks Day-Use

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Access the trailhead for Mount Defiance from Starvation Creek State Park.

From Portland, take Interstate 84 east of Cascade Locks 10 miles to Starvation Creek and the Trailhead at 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 at exit 55.

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Trailhead

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - OR

Starvation Ridge (#414), Mount Defiance Trail (#413), Mitchell Point (#417)

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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Mount Defiance (Oregon)

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