Wind Mountain Trail

MODERATE 81 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.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
9 days 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?

hiking
11 days 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.

23 days ago

1 month 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.

trail running
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

2 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
2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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!

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Awesome view! Worth the trip!