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Wind Mountain Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Carson, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.3 mi Elevation gain 1,138 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Rocky

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Getting There

From the parking area walk down the gravel road a shot ways till you reach the trailhead 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.

Free parking where the pavement ends. Parking is free. No facilities available.

You man see some poison oak along the first hundred feet of trail - especially in the early season.

From Stevenson WA head East on Highway 14 for six miles. Turn left onto Wind Mountain Rd for 1.4 miles. Then turn right onto Girl Scout Road for 0.2 miles. Park where the pavement ends on a flat gravel area.

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Emma Lapp
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Hiking

Absolutely stunning view! Super steep and there are a few rocky areas you hike through.

Brie McGie
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HikingBugsRocky

Awesome trail! Short hike up full of cardio for an amazing view! No passing room on trail and lots of people without masks unfortunately. Can’t beat this view of the Gorg for such little sweat compared to some of the other, more strenuous hikes around the area.

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Rikeem Sholes
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Peter Berkey
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HikingGreat!

I'm a local who hikes and clears this trail often. So thankful for the strength and good health this mountain has given me. There's quite a bit of history here... much of it is a mystery. Hope everyone can appreciate and value the connection to the spirit world found in this special place.

Paris Powell Melton
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Hiking

Great heart pumper with views of the river, St Helens and Adams. Doesn’t appear to require any parking pass. Light traffic on a Friday (~8 groups passed). We did in in 1:23 on a trip back from Hood River. Plenty of parking.

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Christopher Heath
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Hiking

It should be considered a moderately hard trail. wear boots. kids would not like this one. the trail is approximately 3/4 of a mile high in 1.15 miles. dont take this trail in wet weather.

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Collin Kauzlaric
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HikingGreat!

Absolutely breathtaking! Took a couple people up the trail while it was cloudy and sitting at the top seeing the clouds/fog cover the side of the gorge was amazing! Watch out especially after it rains a lot of slipping on the way up.

Jules Fabre
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Hiking

Really nice hike, just beware, the trail is constantly going up with a pretty steep incline. Definitely a great cardio workout! But the payoff is great. The view at the top is definitely worth the effort. AllTrails rates this as moderate, but my wife and I would definitely rank this in the “Hard” category. Make sure you pack lots of water, especially on hot summer days, as there’s almost no breeze until you get to the very top.

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Shelby Sherman
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Mark Dickey
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HikingBugsGreat!
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Jenna Harris
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HikingGreat!

Quick, great hike. It is nonstop incline until you get to the top - which made for an awesome early morning workout. There are views from the top looking both east and west. Unfortunately there was a group of college kids blasting music at the summit -- which makes me want to go back ASAP so I can enjoy the view more peacefully!

carson bainbridge
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HikingRocky

super nice climb!! great view at the top and only took about an hour and a half !!

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Larry Pasierb
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HikingGreat!

What a great hike. Expect "all" incline going to top. Several spots with some hefty % grades. Trekking poles and good hiking boots/shoes recommended. It's all worth it once you get to the top! The views are "spectacular!!!!" Hats off to the "trail keepers", they cleared all the overgrown areas and downed trees. Thanks!!!! You all are wonderful!!!

Kelsey Baker
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Sara Schraufnagel
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Hiking

I tracked three miles, really great trail! Great little workout and short enough to have a great day out in the gorge.

M B
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Hiking

Great trail, incline the whole way up. Great work out. Shaded but dense forest keeps heat in so if you’re there in the summer pack extra water. Beautiful view at top. River in one side Adams peak on the other. Make sure to read the sign near the top. Interesting Native American site. Rocky at some spots so suggest hiking shoes/boots vs. just running shoes (unless you’re jogging it which I saw 3 people do).

Ty Jacob
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Katelyn B
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Hiking

The view was spectacular, the photos don’t do it justice. A relatively short hike, but enough elevation gain to get your heart pumping and get a good workout.

Kelcy Rhodes
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Greg Whitaker
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HikingGreat!Rocky

great trail with amazing views that really pay off at the top. recommend good hiking shoes as some portions are quite rocky with loose stones, so please be careful

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Aaron Staylor
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HikingRocky

Dog mountain junior. My legs for sure got a workout. But it was a good rewarding hike. Did Spirit Falls before this. Great combo. Dog mountain will be next for me. (Not today tho!)

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Patrick Tate
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HikingRocky

Great trail, quite a significant grade for much of the route. Poles would be useful for the descent to save your knees! Awesome views at the top make it well worth it.

Benny Christiansen
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HikingRocky

great hike, about an hour, a little over grown, great views

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Seth Mazur
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HikingOver grown

A bit overgrown but definitely open and definitely an amazing view for this length of hike!

Mackenzie Sandor
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HikingOver grown

One of my favorite hikes in the gorge! The foliage surrounding the path is a little overgrown right now but the trail is still very clear and easy to follow. Steady incline the whole way up but the views are so worth it!

Candace Moon
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HikingMuddyOver grownScramble

Gorgeous view of the Columbia River & the forest. This is Dog Mountain lite - same challenging incline, but less distance & same breathtaking views. Wildflower, bird, tribal history & view enthusiasts should visit this trail. Please wear hiking boots & not tennis shoes, as some parts are muddy or steep, & you will fall on your ass.

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