Area Status: Not Cleared
This trail enters the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness. This trail is mainly in the forest, but there are open areas along the route offering great views of the Columbia River Gorge. Once over on the Lindsey Creek drainage, there are views of Mount Defiance and Mount Hood. This trail begins at Wyeth Campground along I-84 and ends at Mount Defiance Trailhead at Dead Point Road.
From Wyeth Campground, leave the trailhead at the middle of the parking lot, head south and follow the wide path into the forest. Take a switchback on the left, away from Gorton Creek, and head up the single track above campground. The trail follows a power line corridor until past the campground, and then ascends into the woods. Continuing east, the trail crosses Harphan Creek. The trail then begins to climb the ridge to the east via several switchbacks. The switchbacks have a good, smooth tread with steep grades. Be prepared to gain 2400 feet of elevation along these switchbacks. Above the switchbacks, the trail steeply climbs into a saddle and reaches a junction with Green Point Trail #418 (3900’). Wyeth Trail #411 takes the left fork and traverses across the upper basin of Lindsey Creek. The trail contours up to the outlet of North Lake through brushy terrain; look for flagging and cairns to help follow the trail through this area. At North Lake, the trail opens up again and takes you easily to Mt. Defiance South Trailhead at Forest Road 2820.
Link to Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
At a Glance
||Trail has not maintained.
||Wildernes restrictions apply
||Hood River, OR
||Toilet at Wyeth Campground
||A valid Recreation Pass is required at Wyeth/Gorton Creek trailhead on the Columbia River Gorge.
||Hood River Ranger District
From Portland or Hood River, OR - Follow US Hwy I-84 to Exit 51 and turn off the highway. At the bottom of the interchange, follow the roadway south (away from the river) to Wyeth Road (less than 100 yards).
Turn right (west) onto Wyeth Road and follow it for 250 yards to the entrance of Wyeth Campground. Continue south through the campground’s west edge following a paved road with signs to the hiking trailhead. There is room for about ten cars at the parking area.
For alternate access from south end, see Mt Defiance South Trailhead.