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Mount Defiance

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Mount Hood from the Mount Defiance summit (Jeff Statt)


Mount Defiance is a six million year old shield volcano, similar to Larch Mountain and Lost Lake Butte. The summit is considered the highest point on the Columbia River Gorge, and the hike from the Starvation Creek Trailhead to the top is widely viewed as one of the most difficult hikes in the region.

Mt. Defiance, like other peaks in the region, once hosted a fire lookout. The foundation can still be found. A more recent use of the summit are the radio towers clustered at the top.

The foreground might be cluttered, but the distant views are amazing although you'll have to walk around to get sightings through the trees. The views from various points include five stratovolcanoes, Mount Rainier, Mount Saint Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Jefferson and, of course, Mount Hood. There are lesser peaks, as well, Larch Mountain, Chinidere Mountain and Tomlike Mountain, among others. The vista extends from the Columbia Plateau wheat fields to the Coast Range Mountains.

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