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Dan Anecito reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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HikingSnow

Expect snow patches in shaded spots at around 3200 ft. You will run into much more snow on the Mt Defiance trail than Starvation Ridge, but don't worry because much of it is packed and slushy. Snowpack increases substantially once you hit the Mitchell Point Trail (417) connection at ~4100ft. I was post-holing 3-4 feet in spots along the Mitchell Point Trail (don't rely on the Green Point SNOTEL for accurate information). Very few have travelled the stretch from Mt. Defiance to Warren Lake. Snowshoes are highly advised as this section has much softer, deeper snow than Warren Lake to Starvation Ridge Trail. What a difference 400 feet makes! The trail section east of Warren Lake is icier and more travelled, but still slow going as you step in previously made tracks that at points feel like you're walking heel to toe. The snow practically disappears at 3200ft a few tenths of a mile east of Forest Road 2821. This loop took me about 6 hours with a few couple minute rests, so it is best to start as early as possible. If you have microspikes I advise that you bring them - it may help you feel like you're conserving a bit more energy on the more slippery snow sections.

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Sandip Suresh reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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Anthony Weissman reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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HikingGreat!

relentlessly uphill and amazing! snow line is at 2800', gets ankle deep higher up.

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Kurt Barajas reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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HikingGreat!

To avoid Nov 3rd election day drama, I hiked the Mount Defiance #313 up and back. The uphill start of Starvation Ridge #414 (not the parking lot start) had a closed sign on it. I went after daylights savings and it got dark around 5pm. The transition from light to dark happens very quickly; I luckily made it back to the paved path with only minutes to spare. Since it's so steep, it took me less than 2/3 the time to get down as it did to get up. I was pleased that both the signage and trail itself were easy to follow. I used to hike this many years ago and that was not the case. I could see someone getting confused only at a specific downed tree and at the transition to the rocky path, but with a little deliberation it's not difficult to find your way. It was consistently raining during my hike. The tree cover is not sufficient protection. So if you're going on a rainy day don't count on the trees to provide much assistance. After the waterfalls at the beginning, there were no water sources to use a filter. On the hike up the fire damage is very noticeable. Once you get high enough elevation though it doesn't appear damaged anymore and it's much more beautiful, almost magical. This hike is doable but difficult so bring your A game and enjoy the burn!

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Trish Davis reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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Tough hike but it was beautiful!!

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Mony Farrell reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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Will Linch reviewed Eagle Creek Trail [CLOSED]
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Best trail in the world have hiked it more then I can count!!

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John Goodpaster reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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dude man reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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Nice athletic hike. Easy footing most of the way. Trail is easy to follow. Minus one star because the peak is developed. There was definitely a rockfall risk during the closed segment, but it was within my risk allowance. Every person I ran into on this hike was a jerk.

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Christopher Richards reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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Awesome trail that does not disappoint. so I've noticed A LOT of reviews claiming the loop is closed. This is not true. you can do the full defiance loop but you can't access the spur trail that shoots you out by the parking lot. its been closed a long time do to the landslide.

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Bryan Podwys reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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HikingWashed out

Did this as the initial leg of a 30-miler to Wahtum Lake and back 10/9/20. I did not verify that 414 is still closed (no clear signage) and just did both directions on 413. All of the trail conditions remain somewhat similar to recent reviews however the rain continues to loosen the ground and makes the switchbacks moderately treacherous. Bring poles or find some solid walking sticks with sharp ends, especially for the descent. The first fork heading up the mountain has paths marked 14/1 and “Stay on trail”. Confusingly, 14/1 to the left is the trail. Other similar markers (14/2, 14/3, etc) are not the trail. On my return, I took summit loop tie trail 413B which crosses rock fields. After reaching Mt Defiance summit, continuing to North Lake adds less than 5mi total. If you’re up for a longer hike, I highly recommend continuing from there to Green Point Mtn for some of the best views in the state, adding nearly 5mi more to the out and back. You can make it a one-way 14mi hike to Wahtum Lake as well.

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Abdullah Azzouni reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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Andre Leubinetski reviewed Eagle Creek Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingGreat!

There is absolutely no reason for this trail to still be closed. It's not destroyed. Not even close. I did it only a few months after the fire. The bridges lost all their wood, but were still perfectly passable. Rock slides here and there, and lots of fallen trees, but again, nothing worse than some of the more adventurous trails that were never closed. Did it again less than 6 months ago. It's all fixed up to Tunnel Falls at least. Contact the NFS, BLM, demand that it be reopened. Public land is your land. They can't just forbid access to it unilaterally. They have no justifications left. None whatsoever.

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ella wilks reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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HikingGreat!Rocky

only saw one other person, went about a month ago and there was a lot of noise from helicopters but nothing insane, good view on clear day

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David Palmer reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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Hiking

Challenging uphill

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Tommy Nockles reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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HikingRockyWashed out

I hiked this back in 2012, and the trail has completely changed. It was very fascinating observing the wildfire damage back in 2017. The trail was in good condition however defiance trail #413 has about 40 downed logs to scurry over as well as very slippery dirt and gravel on the way back down. I would not hike this trail again just because of that. The view at the top was just as beautiful as I thought it would be!!

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Janelle Fuston reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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Need better signage that Starvation Creek trail is closed

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Natalia D reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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Lots of poison oak.

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GorgeHiker Berry reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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Colleen Buckley reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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HikingGreat!

This was a great trail! It’s definitely a leg shredder (both on the way up and the way down), but the views are worth it. We did it as an out-and-back due to construction. You pass a few waterfalls at the very beginning and then wind through some meadows before entering the forest. Be aware on your way down- the steep section towards the bottom is very dusty and slippery. Took us about 7.5 hours, including 45 minutes at the top. There’s a cold creek about 20 feet past the parking lot- great for your feet and legs at the end of a big day.

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Ed Fichers reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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HikingBlowdownGreat!Over grownRockyScramble

Left parking lot at 630am, beat the crowds, only a few cars in parking lot, it was overflowing when we returned. We did as a loop, going up 413 to the summit, clockwise on the top loop as like other hiker said, you get better views looking North after leaving the summit. We took the 414 Starvation Ridge trail down, passing Warren Lake. There are three reasons not to go this way and rather do as an Out and Back on 413 IMO. 1st off the trail is officially closed about 1.5 miles from the bottom, and 4 miles from the top. The signage for the closure is very confusing and positioned in terrible locations, as you cant see it coming up as you hit the fork with the 413 trail, the closure sign is out of sight around the 1st bend in trail, so you don't get the indication it is closed as you plan your loop. Coming from the top as you descend, you run into a closure sign far too late. We don't like to pouch, but we were already committed without the energy and time to backtrack 4 miles and ascent 3k feet more of climbing, so we continued on. Reason for closure is There is a little construction work on the power line and a re-route of the trail to bypass the area and avoid power pole and it's guy cable anchors , we just made sure to avoid the work are an continued on, the 2nd, and most convincing reason to avoid this route is there is quite a bit of poison oak on the bottom third of the trail, thankfully we lathered up with Technu at the car. Lastly, it is very loose and steep during much of the decent, even more so than the 413 Deception trail route if you can believe that. If the Park site had this listed as closed, we would have avoided, but only the 414b connector trail was indicated as closed due to a slide, plus it was taped off, so we knew to avoid it, they must be leaning on the contractor to warn of closure, they just aren't doing a great job with closure warnings and status. I described this in detail, because it was a question many others we ran across had. All in all, it is a butt kicker of a hike, do it only if you treasure Gorge views and strenuous hikes, otherwise you might want to pass. Last pieces of advise,bring plenty of water, account for if bringing dog there is no streams after the 1st mile, and hiking poles are huge here, I never use them but sure glad I did here or I would have landed on my rump a dozen times on the way down! We totaled 5400' of elevation gain and 14.4 miles on Strava report. Pics of journey can be seen here; https://www.instagram.com/p/CEiYiw_pmii/

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Maria Van Wambeke reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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Parking lot fills up early! 13.5 miles from the parking lot, up and back on route 413. Suggest taking 413A at the top to the left, then looping back 413B on the way down. The views of Mt. Adams are amazing. This hike climbs all the way up without a break, but the forest sections are lush and ethereal. The burnt areas are great for photographers and wild berries and long purple flowers abound. Fast hiker, took about 2 hours up and 1.6 hours down.

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Saad Ahmed reviewed Mount Defiance Trail
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HikingRockyScramble

It turns out to be 15 mile, 5600 ft arduous hike according to strava, perhaps because we did the loop. It took us total 10hrs to complete the hike, considering the avg speed of the whole group. Very good hike to do if you are in a good shape.

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