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Wind Mountain Trail

MODERATE 313 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

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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.

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over grown
1 day ago

The hike is worth the climb. Watch out for poison oak!

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over grown
8 days ago

Short distance but it was a leg burner! Amazing views of the Gorge at the top. It was pretty overgrown in spots so make sure you bring bug spray and wear long sleeves to stay covered.

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rocky
12 days ago

wonderful and great workout for a 2 mile hike

hiking
13 days ago

Fantastic hike, loved the views .. good smooth grade intensity.

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18 days ago

short steep trail to nice views of the Columbia and vision quest site.

although it was rocky and over grown, that makes the trail all that much better. today was just what I needed.

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28 days ago

I live in Carson so I've hiked this little Mt maybe 100s of times. This year the traffic on this trail is more than the 30 years put together. I was a victim of car vandalism and robbery today. All of the cars have brought out the losers in Carson to rob cars. We were there around 3:30 on June 20, 2019 to do a quick hike. Came back to find my car window smashed and some hidden bags stolen. I had my id and debit card with me but its the small stuff that's valuable to me that I want back. If anyone has seen anything leave a review.

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rocky
1 month ago

Very hard to find the trailhead like others have said. Loose rocks on the path make it difficult in some spots, in others the path is very narrow. I liked that it wasn’t that popular of a trail. It only took my friend and I 50 minutes to reach the top, seeing as it was much steeper than I expected and we stopped several times to get water and catch our breath. My friend and I spent less than 20 minutes at the top because it got very windy and cold. The view isn’t as great as I thought it would be, it just overlooks the highway and a construction site type thing.

hiking
1 month ago

Agree with others that trailhead is hard to find. Follow info shown here on the app trail info to be sure and find trailhead. Trail is not as well-maintained as others, but that was ok with us! Still beautiful views on the way up and awesome at the top! Wind VERY strong on one side of the top, but very calm on the other. Check out both sides at the top! We saw a total of 8 other hikers on the entire trail.

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rocky
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

parking is limited and the trailhead slightly hard to find. but signs are posted. this trail is vertical literally all the way up. your thighs will definitely be burning. the view is beautiful but it is on very very wobbling rocks. so be careful if u have kids or dogs

Wind Mountain

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rocky
1 month ago

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bugs
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scramble
1 month ago

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washed out
2 months ago

Part of the trail is washed out and the trail is narrow and slippery if wet, per usual. Only a few cars here today.

hiking
2 months ago

Wonderful, quiet weekday hike! Great view!

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rocky
2 months ago

People like different types of trails, this one... I won't go back to. Not kid friendly. Straight vertical on rocks. My dogs did OK but dangerous for them as well. Narrow so hard when busy, which its PNW so it was. The top is just rocks. You can sit on the sunny side with no wind or a small shaded side with wind. Not relaxing at all bc of the rocks and people, especially with dogs. They are right about no signage. The seed sign faces up the mountain so when walking down that dirt road past parking look for a sign on your right facing up. Extremists will probably like it.

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over grown
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scramble
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Definitely huffing and puffing on the way up. Great views. 360. Way down is much much easier. 40 minutes to go up and approximately 15 to get down.

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rocky
2 months ago

This trail is a short but UP hike to an amazing view. It is pretty rocky so use caution. Hiked the trail today 5/9/19 and encountered a cougar right after the informational sign regarding the history at the top. He was relaxing in the sun with a great view of the gorge. Thought it was a dog and quickly realized it wasn’t. We sure startled each other at about 10’ away. Instincts kicked in and thankfully he spooked easy and ran in the opposite direction. We were still able to make it to the view point with no other sighting but not without my whistle around my neck, mace in one pocket and a knife in the other (just in case). Passed 5 hikers on their way up and made sure they were aware of our encounter. Exciting and scary experience all at one time. Do it again in a heartbeat!

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scramble
2 months ago

Awesome views from he top. Very steep short hike.not great for young kids.

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rocky
2 months ago

Trail not well marked—do not follow the trail just right of the parking lot! The real trail head is just down the gravel road and to the right. Beautiful views of the gorge up top. Relatively steep incline all the way up

hiking
2 months ago

Very well maintained trail. No issues coming down even with in steep incline on a rainy day.

hiking
2 months ago

The trailhead is a little farther down the road from the parking lot with only a remove seeds sign to mark it. It is steep but the views at the top were amazing! And the history of the land made the hike even more special.

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