Mount Defiance Loop
This is a moderate loop trail to Mount Defiance in Lindsey Creek State Park. One of the toughest hikes in the gorge (5,000ft elevation in approx. 5 miles), and an excellent training hike for entry level mountaineering climbs. This is a great skill check before jumping onto a South Sister/ Mt. St. Helens/Mt Adams level climb.
Start at Starvation Creek State Park. There are toilets and the parking is ample and overflow on the wide shoulders. Expect lots of cars in the summer, so arrive early.
Head west along the old HWY30 until you see sign for Mt. Defiance and make a left. Start with Starvation Ridge or Defiance, they will both lead you back to the same spot. The climb goes uphill, continuously and quickly. Carry a good map or GPS if you climb early spring as the snow can disguise the trail at the top and it's easy to miss the path.
Would only recommend this hike for experienced children as the hike is long and steep.
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