Wind Mountain Trail

MODERATE 234 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
1,138 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

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.

30 days ago

I hike this trail twice as a kid with girl scout camp. So beautiful! Time to go again

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with incredible views. Do not be mislead by the trail that takes off from the parking lot--the actual trail starts down the gravel road a little ways and is marked by a sign about not spreading seeds and a boot scrubber. The route that takes off from the parking lot is a social trail that has been created recently--unimproved and poorly routed, don't add to the damage by taking this route! The actual trail is well maintained, with a few slippery spots and two small logs to cross. Dog friendly. Please respect the cultural significance of this site and not disturb any rocks at the summit. It was disheartening to see how much disturbance has occurred in the last couple of years.

2 months ago

Very difficult trail. Very cold weather.

3 months ago

Gorgeous views! A little slippery in spots but not too bad considering it was rainy. Kinda brutal, uphill alllll the way.

Don't take Berger Rd! It's terrifying!

hiking
3 months ago

Great introductory hike for a newbie. Not saying it was a breeze - my legs definitely felt the up and back but due to moderate length well accessible to all with the right shoes (I had tennis sneakers which were not ideal!) Anyway this walk has now got me up for more - !

hiking
3 months ago

Had some steep hills, a bit slippery with the wet leaves and dirt! Gorgeous trail and views!

3 months ago

Extremely steep most of the way up but the views at the top are worth it! Didn’t see anyone else on the trail and it was a beautiful clear day.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful view at the top and short hike.

5 months ago

Challenging for this beginner but well worth it. Such a breathtaking view!

5 months ago

Short but steep. Incredible views at the top and very windy. Rocky at times

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome trail! Beautiful views. Steep enough to be a decent workout. Be careful at the top, I heard some rattlesnakes nesting in the rocks!

hiking
6 months ago

Short sweet hike with rewarding views at the top!

hiking
6 months ago

Trail in decent shape, dusty in mid-August. Trail is unrelentingly uphill, but beautiful at the top. Nice views of the river and Dog Mountain. The sacred nature of the space at the top was a nice surprise to me and made it more memorable than it might have otherwise been.

trail running
6 months ago

Such a nice hike, really love this one.

hiking
6 months ago

We hiked Wind mountain while vacationing in Stevenson, Wa. We started out near sunset and were rewarded with breathtaking views of the gorge. We chose to do wind mountain as a prep for our big hike the next day (dog mountain) and were surprised by how much we enjoyed it. I would do it again for the amazing views. Short and sweet with a glorious view makes this hike a must do!

hiking
6 months ago

We love it! Great hike, not as populated which is great.

hiking
7 months ago

It was a very easy trail to find and follow! The views were magnificent!

7 months ago

Great trail, great views of the Columbia River gorge, Mt Saint Helens and Mt Adams. Native historical site at the top. One of my favorite hikes.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike! Short and sweet. Great spot to have lunch on a clear day!

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike to get your blood pumping! Trailheah is not well market at the start, so be sure you don't miss it. Once you get down to the fork after the parking lot, it starts at the small wooden sign to your right. Do not follow the wide gravel path to your left or else you'll walk about a mile (downhill and back up) out of your way!

Other than that the trail is challenging, but the view at the top is SO worth it.

8 months ago

Steep trail I didn’t quite expect . But fine.
Not well maintained yet makes you feel like you are on a true adventure. Wasn’t impressed at first but was blown away when I got to the top. Spectacular views - Indian Sanctuary. called Spirit Mountain.
Very unique and amazing. Serenity.
Careful walking down as the dirt gravel is not very forgiving in places . Recommend poles which I didn’t have.

8 months ago

Steep but short. View is truly beautiful.

8 months ago

This is a good short hike just over 2 miles and small side trail to cool rock formation with forest and river view. this trail is a little steep!

8 months ago

Absolutely incredible views! Steeper than I expected in the beginning and tons of rocks to overcome but worth every single bit of the views. Phenomenal!

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked 05/13/18, went up to see the sunset.

9 months ago

Fun hike. Super steep. The distance can fool you.

hiking
9 months ago

This hike is a good workout. It’s relatively short, but steep at times. View at the top is nice (overlooking the river and Dog Mountain) and the summit is a great place to relax.

hiking
9 months ago

A quick, moderately steep hill with gorgeous views of the Columbia Gorge. While the archaeological site is marked as fragile and closed, you'll see people hanging out in it. Don't be one of those people. No one likes those people. Otherwise, enjoy!

9 months ago

Beautiful views from the top and awesome rock formations!

hiking
9 months ago

Quick, easy hike with rewarding views at the top! The hike down is the hardest part due to steepness coupled with loose rock in certain sections.

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