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Susan Randolph reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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BRING YOUR GPS AND YOUR SNOW SHOES!

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Christopher Friesen reviewed Starvation Ridge and Warren Lake Trail
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Epic. Very challenging this time of year. The trail isn't visible beyond 2000 feet elevation. Bring a GPS. The wind chill is intense, probably 10 degrees lower overall temp than Hood River. The snow at about 3000 feet becomes waist deep in places. The micro spikes were very useful. Should have had snow shoes. We got within a tenth of a mile from Warren lake and turned around.

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Teresa Rees reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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Great hike! We had cloud cover and high winds when we went. We decided the weather conditions were unsafe for us at this point so we turned back. Less winds, poor visibility, and elevated avalanche danger caused us to turn back right before the top. Would love to return on a better weather day. Spikes were very helpful from about 1,500 to around 3,300. Would recommend snowshoes the rest of the way up. Snow knee deep around 4,000 feet.

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Mykhailo Tymenko reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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HikingMuddySnow

The parking lot is closed, so you have to park on the road. We arrived just before 8am -- one car already there, but we were the first ones on the trail. Very windy, but only light snow near the top. This trail will likely be impassible soon, with all of the heavy snow arriving this week. No views at the top due to clouds, but still worth the trek. We were back at the car around noon, after clocking 8.8 miles on the GPS.

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No snow but a few people.

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Nate Merrill reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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Beautiful gorge hike. Took the Starvation Ridge route, was a leg burn but I felt like a million bucks by the end! Get out there and knock this one off your list

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Louis Aldape reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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HikingIcySnow

Just want to say thanks to the officer on highway 14 for not giving me a ticket. Thank you. Hiked about 11 miles CCW and did the loop only. Heavy overcast, so it made sense to forgo the peak. Took a little over 9 hours. Snow level was at 1600 and I was able to use spikes for the entire trail. Around 4.4 miles/lava field until just short of the lake, TH is covered. I would say about 0.8 to 1 mile of “where I’m I”. Be aware of where you are. Garmin had to lead the way. Rest of the trail in good condition. Did see a pair of hikers near the end but that’s about it. Had snowshoes and 3rd layer but did not use either. Also, lake appeared to be frozen. New bridge installed at first water crossing on 414 trail. Look up at tree markers in high snow to navigate.

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Riley Pittman reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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HikingIcyRockySnow

Not good for a winter hike. Surprisingly good views and worth the time and work.

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Andrew Bailey reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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HikingBlowdown

The hike up is a steep climb and not very scenic because unfortunately there is a lot of fire damage all over the area. The view from Indian Point is stellar, and I would give the view 5 stars. We parked on the main road which adds a little distance. Took 4 hours total including lunch.

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Good view. Very steep. I’m tired.

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Andrew Klumpp reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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FishingBlowdownGreat!IcySnow

If you want to be alone hike mount defiance on a winter weekday. I didn't see a sole ascending or descending and am quite sure I was the only person to summit today. Snow began above 3800 feet and it was quite icy so was glad I had microspikes. Trail was easy to follow except across the lava field at 4100 field where the windswept snow had hidden the trail. Elsewhere, previous snowshoeer trail and tree markings made it easy to follow. Could all change when the next storms rolls through.

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Vera Butler reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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Used snowshoes starting at around 4200ft. The snow line was about 1000ft below that. Be aware of possible ice falling from the towers and cables at the summit.

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Kelsey Boyer reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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solid hike! warren lake trail wasn't packed, so we just hiked as an out and back. borderline needed microspikes, but not snowshoes. 3-4 ft of snow at the summit.

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