Wind Mountain Trail

MODERATE 146 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
1138 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.

hiking
15 days ago

We loved it! Too foggy to see the view but great trail. We’ll be back.

hiking
21 days ago

Hiked on 03/30/18 and it was the first of 3 hikes that day. I also included the small spur that goes out to the view point on the east side of the mountain. If you do this too, the trail is in much better condition if you stay to the right as you descend. This goes down to a pretty steep cliff and the view of the valley is good. Wind mountain is speaking to you, the question is are you listening? Please pack out your toilet paper waste, sunflower seed hulls, dog poop bags and orange peels. I saw all of this garbage on my hike today.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail had some amazing views at the top. The elevation gain is about 1300 ft in 1.4 miles but the struggle is worth it. It is also pretty busy on the weekends but a perfect place for a little picnic on the summit.

1 month ago

Good workout. Great views. I did this during the summertime and it was breathtaking.

2 months ago

Accurate rating, as Moderate. Incline the whole way, but is a relatively quick ascent. Decent workout for a short time. Super rainy, and windy. No visibility at the top today. Eager to return on a clear sunny day. Beautiful trail, surrounded by tall pines.

hiking
2 months ago

Not kid friendly; but well worth the steep, heart pounding trip up. Feels otherworldly at the top, with fog and wind, almost like a microclimate. Lightly traveled so it feels remote and quiet, except for the winds at the top. It’s easy to see why native tribes considered this a spiritual place. Trail is narrow and rugged for the most part, but easy to navigate. Wish there were more viewpoints, but overall a great hike I’d definitely do again, maybe next time in clearer weather.

hiking
2 months ago

Don't take the trail at the parking area! You'll wind up climbing the mountain instead of hiking. Follow the road down a ways and the trailhead starts there. Beautiful views at the top and along the way.

hiking
2 months ago

It was a bit muddy, and very windy at the top but we we're lucky that the clouds broke so we could take in some of the view!

hiking
3 months ago

Steady incline but not hard. Views are fine but would not be my go to in the Gorge

hiking
3 months ago

My wife and I hiked this trail twice this summer and just finished our 3rd time 30 December 2017. Nice trail, beautiful views, old native spirit quest site on top. Totally cool place to visit.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views at the top!!

hiking
5 months ago

This was a great moderate hike that is a good indicator to see where your endurance is at. It’s a quick hike with a phenomenal view overlooking the water & town below. A little slippery at parts but overall a great hike to take a “new to hiking” individual to get a great workout in!

hiking
5 months ago

Really fun hike. Off the beaten path. I would not consider it family friendly as it was a bit steep and treacherous at points, especially this time of year. I do plan on returning in the spring with hopes of better visibility from the top.

6 months ago

2.3 miles uphill, 2.3 miles downhill. A great hike. (Stretch first!) Peaceful and low trafficked on the day I did it (three other parties). It was a bit chilly in the morning - glad I wore layers. The top was breathtaking. Took about 2ish hours and I spent a decent amount of time at the top. The archeological side of the mountain is fascinating. I need to look into the history a bit more. I’ve posted some pictures of my hike as well.

hiking
6 months ago

A really fun, short hike.

7 months 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.

hiking
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

hiking
9 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

9 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.

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

The view up top was worth the hike up, so beautiful! It was a clear day, so we even got a view of what I think was Mt. St. Helens?

10 months ago

Definitely a steady climb the whole way up, but the views are worth it. There's not much views until the very top but the forest area is very scenic and cute. It also lives up to its name because it's very windy at the top. I would recommend bug spray, my friend and I kept getting swarmed.

10 months ago

Went up Memorial Day weekend. The weather was perfect and there wasn't too many people on the trail. Most of the trail is shaded and this keeps the hike at a moderate temperature.

As far as the trail being "kid friendly", I'm not sure I would take younger children up as some of the parts of the trail are narrow and unprotected.

Other than that, excellent bang for your buck in regards to time, distance, and end result.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike up, certainly a workout. Took 5 kids up, on in a backpack. Will definitely return. Lil slow because our 4 yr old was a long though. Great view from top, kinda lacking on views on trail though

11 months ago

A little one note. Not much to see on the trials up, and the view from the top was so so.

11 months ago

I accidentally went up what has since been dubbed "The Goat Trail". A review said walk down the dirt road, however I followed the trail that heads right from the parking area.
It is a narrow trail that gets harder to follow towards the top and disolves into animal trails. You will have to four point scramble up the hill in some spots. I stopped just before the top when the wind was a bit too dangerous for me.
I'll try the real trail next time!

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I hiked this on sunday (4-16-17) When you pull onto wind mountain road and it says you've arrived at your destination you have to walk a couple hundred feet down the gravel road until you see a sign on your right and that is where the trailhead begins. It was a beautiful hike and we were one of the only few people up there most of the morning. It isn't called wind mountain for nothing. Be prepared for the wind it gets quite cold and almost pushes you over when you reach the top. It might be a little slippery on the way down if it has rained at all.

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fabulous hike. Very well cared for trail. Thank you, please keep it up. A great cardio for this out of shape gal and a wonderful view to make the climb beyond worth it. Despite the clouds I was able to make out the lower half of Mount St Helen. The sacred sites are breathtakingly powerful and simple. I'd do this one again and again. 50 minutes up, 30 minutes down.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

First summit, was pleasantly surprised at the cleanliness of the trail. We are used to extremely heavily trafficked areas and seeing that people packed out what the packed in was nice! Moderate incline in some spots, but nice and easy for all levels of hikers. The view alone is worth every step!

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