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At 4,959 feet, Mount Defiance is the highest point normally recognized as being part of the Columbia River Gorge. While not one of the big Cascade Peaks, it offers some of the best views of Mounts Hood and Adams from northwestern Oregon. Mounts Rainier and St. Helens can also be seen as well as fantastic views of the Columbia River Gorge. It is the highest point in the Gorge and overlooks it right between Hood and Adams.

Half-Day Hike: There are two ways to the views from the summit. You can hike up from Oregon's Starvation Creek State Park for one of the most demanding day hikes in northern Oregon or you can drive (check with the Hood River Ranger District first to be sure the road is open) to the trailhead on gravel Forest Road 2820 (Dead Point Road) and hike up from there.

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Bruce Hope

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Jul 28, 2019
Jerricho Mendez
This hike is not for the inexperienced. Bring plenty of water and food. There is no water on this trail. The trail is in good shape.

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