Mount Defiance

  • Moderate (to Hole-in-the-Wall Falls)
  • 2.5-mile loop
  • 600 feet elevation gain
  • Open all year


  • Very Difficult (to summit)
  • 12.1-mile loop
  • 4800 feet elevation gain
  • Open mid-June through October


One of the most physically demanding paths in Oregon, the Mount Defiance Trail gains nearly 5000 feet of elevation on its way to the highest point in the Columbia Gorge. But the trail begins with an easier option—a short,steep loop that visits waterfalls, viewpoints, and creek valleys at the mountain’s base.

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Other Options

A shorter, 1.6-mile trail climbs to …

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington.