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Wind Mountain

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Hiker looking West from Wind Mt. summit (Jeff Statt)
Wind Mountain from the summit of Dog Mountain (Todd Merkel)
View due south from the Wind Mountain summit (Jeff Statt)

Description

As far as effort versus reward goes, Wind Mountain may be as fine a summit as any in the Columbia River Gorge. It is an ancient volcanic cone featuring a near-perfect cylindrical shape and can be spotted quite obviously on the Washington side of the river just West of popular Dog Mountain.

Wind Mountain also has historic significance to the Native Americans as a Spirit Quest site. Visitors to the summit are educated by an informational signs as to the sacred nature of this site:

"...Native American Indians continue to visit this sacred site. Although the function of this place remains a mystery, at least a portion was probably used for spirit questing and for training of young persons."

and

"...This archaeological site is extremely fragile. Just walking over it will damage important cultural features. All visitors must stay on the trail or within designated viewing areas shown on the map"

Wind Mountain's cylindrical shape makes it an unmistakeable landmark from from points all along the Gorge between Hood River and Cascade Locks. It is probably the most common photography subject of hikers up Dog Mountain.


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