Mount Defiance Trail #413

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Mt Defiance is the highest point in the Columbia Gorge at 4,960 feet. This challenging 7.2 mile trail begins at Starvation Creek Rest Area (55 miles east of Portland, OR on Interstate 84) and ends at Mt Defiance south trailhead (south of Mt Defiance).  The hike to the summit of Mt Defiance is 6 miles one way from Starvation Creek Rest Area.

This trail enters Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Gorge Face addition 1 mile south of the trailhead.

Mt Defiance Trail intersects with Mitchell Point Trail #417 less than a mile north of the summit. Take #417 east for one mile to reach Warren Lake. The junction with Starvation Ridge Trail is on the east side of the lake, and is a popular return route.

At a Glance

Fees No Fee
  • Motor vehicles and bikes are prohibited.
  • Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail.
Closest Towns: Hood River, OR
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Portland, OR: Drive east on Interstate 84 for 55 miles to the Starvation Creek Rest Area Exit #54.

To return westbound after your visit, travel east on Interstate 84 for approximately 0.7 miles to Viento State Park Interchange.



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Day Hiking

Hiking to Lancaster Falls would make a short day hike.


Known as one of the more difficult trails in Oregon. Several overnight loops can be made. Please consult a good, up to date map when planning your hike.

Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
  3.5 miles within Scenic Area