Wind Mountain Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stevenson, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
From the parking area walk down the gravel road a shot ways till you reach the trail head on the right. The trail head is not marked by the name of the hike but a sign warning against spreading seeds. This is a moderately steep hike with an average grade of 14%. The trail is not well maintained with plenty of fallen logs and some parts of the trail that partially slid out. However there is no risk of sliding down the hill, it is a safe hike. At the summit there are nice views of neighboring Dog Mountain and the town of Carson. There is a map located on top showing a small loop at the summit that shows the viewpoints. It's short distance to a great lookout makes this a great family destination, especially when one considers the history From the trailhead the trail should be easy to spot on the South side of the dirt road turnout. The trail almost immediately turns eastward as it gains elevation steadily for a quarter mile or so. Watch for a spur trail to the left just before the main trail turns southward. The spur decends sharply down to a to a great East-facing viewpoint. Leash pets and take little ones by the hand, as there are a few sharp drop-offs. Return to the main trail as it again starts climbing moderately steeply for the next mile or so. You will cross a talus slope a few times as the long sweeping switchbacks cross it. Eventually the trail levels out to a forest with a high canopy. You are nearing the summit at this point. Continue another 1/4 mile and you'll come across a large sign describing the cultural and historical significance of this mountain as a spirit quest site. The sign informs you that sections of the summit are closed to hikers: This archaelogical site is extremely fragile. Just walking over it will damage important cultural features. Therefore, the USDA Forest Service has closed the site to hikers. All visitors must stay on the trail or within designated areas shown on the map. It isn't long before you reach the summit. The summit does not have a 360 view, but you'll find the designated viewing areas afford you spectactular views to the East and to the West. Looking East you have a great perspective of Dog Mountain. To the south across the Columbia River you will see Mitchell Point. Following the horizon toward the East you see Mount Defiance, the highest mountain in the gorge. Looking West down the Columbia River you might spot Indian Point, a rock sphire along the Oregon side. On the Washingon side, due West you will be Table Mountain and Greenleaf Peak. On a clear day, look to your Northwest and spot Mount Saint Helens.
The view is breathtaking. Had a small issue finding the trail head because it's not explicitly identified.
Yesterday I completed the Windy 6D challenge its Wind Mountain 6 × 15 miles 6990 feet of elevation gain 699 flights of stairs in 6 hr or less i completed the challenge at 5 hr 19 min and to be the first to summit Wind 6 times in 6 hrs or less love this hike nice and steep in parts good training hike but being only 2.5 miles you might not get the workout you were looking for so pack heavy or go really fast or just walk along and enjoy nature its what you make of it
Great view from the top, but with so many great hikes in the gorge I probably would not do again.
Awesome hike, spectacular views..... would definitely recommend this to all that don't have to much trouble hiking rough terrain.
Great spot to nap. Seldomly anyone around
Beautiful views of St. Helens and Rainier at the summit. Steep and narrow path with a drop off on one side at almost all times. Not for inexperienced/misbehaved kids because there are plenty of slipping hazards and opportunities to fall, but not overly difficult for anyone with hiking experience at any age. You will gain a lot of elevation in a short amount of time so be prepared to work for it a little.
Steep and short but sweet.
Nice short hike with a great view!
I forgot to say also that this was a great hike because it was not crowded at all on a very Saturday in the Gorge which is hard to get.
It was a lot of bang for your buck. Steep but short and the views were wonderful. If you need a shorter hike for whatever reason this is definitely the one to choose.
short, steep, but nice. native American artifacts at the top was my favorite
So worth the view! Accidentally took a deer path all the way up and the main trail back.