Mount Defiance Loop

4 reviews #19 hike out of 83 in
11.3 mi
Distance
4 hrs 27 min
Time
terrain
4,852 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a moderate loop trail to Mount Defiance in Lindsey Creek State Park. One of the toughest hikes in the gorge, and an excellent training hike for entry level mountaineering climbs. This is a great skill check before jumping onto a south sister/ St. Helens level climb.

This trail goes by Warren Lake, Lancaster Falls, Lower Lancaster Falls, Hole-in-the-Wall Falls, and Cabin Creek Falls.

Getting Started

Start at Starvation Creek State Park. Head west along I84 till you see a sign for Mt. Defiance and make a left. Start with Starvation 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.

Taking Children

Would only recommend this hike for experienced children as the hike is long and steep.



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    4 months, 3 weeks ago
    Super challenging hike. Great if you want a challenge and to cross Mt Defiance off the bucket list. We did is as a training hike for a longer backpacking trip. There are better view hikes around and the TV antenna campus at the top is not the tranquil, wilderness experience I was looking for. Trail surface is very loose and coming down was precarious. But super satisfying to have done. Note: the very bottom of the Starvation creek trail was closed due to a slide, so you can either do an out and back on Mt defiance trail, or we cut across to rejoin trail above slide.
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    6 months, 2 weeks ago
    Hiked 5/6/19 13.6 miles with 5249 elevation gain. Did a loop hike starting with Defiance trail, to Mt. Defiance summit, to Warren Lake, to Mitchel Point, to Starvation Ridge trail and back on Mt. Defiance. Took us over 14hrs to complete. I was the first car in the lot at Starvation Creek State Park at 4:15am. Mt. Defiance was a great steep switchback trail with some flat sections in the forrest up high. Lots of downed trees on the trail. There is snow right after the scree field trail junction which we opted out of and crossed the snow instead (we used our microspikes in the snow). 2 to 4ft of snow in places. 2 miles or more of snow. Views were amazing the day we went. Couple good camp spots at Warren Lake. Mitchell point had OK views. Starvation Trail was super hard with very few switchbacks, so you're almost always going straight down. Poison oak on the trail, so make sure you cover up your skin. Lots of beautiful flowers and amazing view points. Visited 12/8/18. Beautiful area to stop at for hiking, sightseeing and a great lunch spot with a couple picnic tables next to Viento falls. Paved trails look very new. Bathrooms were flushing toilets and very clean inside, but only have air dryers, no paper towels for drying your hands. I've seen this place a bunch of other times while visiting the gorge and have always wanted to stop by and check it out. I came here to hike mt defiance trail. The trailheads are easy to find. Mt defiance, starvation ridge and a couple others are on the 14 going west when you walk on the paved path. Starvation ridge from historic trail paved path is closed but you can reach it on mt defiance trail. I did not complete trails because there were creek crossings on both mt defiance and starvation ridge that had no bridges, I was wearing my summer hiking boots (not wanting to get them wet in the water), it was cold out and I was hiking alone. This area is a must stop if you have the time to check it out. I will definitely be back to hike again. Counted 4 waterfalls.
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simon.j.walbruch 1 year, 1 month ago
Mt Defiance
Butt kicker for sure. Lots of elevation gain. Great views able to see Hood, Rainer, Adams and St Helens.
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Ralph Daub 1 year, 6 months ago
2018-05-20 - Starvation Creek to Mount Defiance
With Lynne Petersen, John, Mercedes, Shannon
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seismoguy 5 months, 4 weeks ago
Mt Defiance
With Erin, Doug, Kristie, James & Lori
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rob w 3 years, 2 months ago
Track (9/8/16, 8:21:53AM)
Trail closed. Beautiful day for a solo
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