Wind Mountain Trail

MODERATE 98 reviews

Wind Mountain Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stevenson, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1220 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

old growth

rocky

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.

6 days ago

Hiked this on 09/17/17 in the rains that were the beginning of the end of this summer's long-hot fire season. We did not go for the view on this day. Went specially to thank the wind spirits for the coming rain and we were enveloped in smoke, fog and wind just before reaching the summit and almost the entire descent. This is a sacred mountain and deserves respect and mindfulness of place when one comes here. Aho.

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Nice trail great views At the top lots of spots on top to explore with diff and amazing views

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2 months ago

Beautiful view at the summit and fun uphill climb to the top. Great hike for the dog as well.

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2 months ago

This is a great hike that is hard enough to feel like you got some exercise but short enough to do on a day that you don't have time to hike a bunch of miles. The hike up is beautiful, some other reviews say the way up is nothing special but I disagree, the valleys and the hills to the right are pretty stunning and there are quite a few wild flowers (not like Dog Mountain but still lovely) and there are some rock pilings that add interest - at the top the views are pretty amazing. This view is a bit different than most of the gorge summits so it was quite fun to get a view from this perspective. I was lucky enough to meet a great family at the top and have some good conversation in addition to the beautiful views! I highly recommend- even though it is short- it's good

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2 months ago

Great hike. Only ran into 4 people during the hike. The hike up is steady but the views are gorgeous. Nice quick hike with views you can't complain about.

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