An old trail on Wind Mountain winds through land owned by various agencies. Storm damage and lack of maintenance has made this trail increasingly difficult, and the various land agencies encourage hikers to visit other Columbia Gorge hikes as an alternative to Wind Mountain.
The Wind Mountain trail goes back 75 years or more as a user-created trail, It was likely created as an adventure by the Girl Scouts who have land and cabins just north of the mountain. The trail starts on an old logging road, then crosses through Girls Scouts of America land, then DNR land and finally on a small parcel of USFS land.
The summit is a sacred space for Native American tribes, and has been designated a sensitive cultural resource site. The trail is not an official USFS system trail, and with the varying land owners and the sensitive site at the summit, hikers are encouraged to seek alternate summits in the Gorge that offer equally breathtaking views.
Hiking Wind Mountain
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 45.7157, -121.7845 Open in Google Maps