Mt. Defiance

Hood River, Oregon (Hood River County)

Last Updated: 12/02/2020
4.6 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Highlight: Mt. Defiance
Mount Defiance is a peak near the Columbia River Gorge region of northwestern Oregon. It rises to an elevation of 4,984 feet in the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness on the Mount Hood National Forest. The peak is in Hood River County, Oregon. If you love amazing, expansive views, then the steep, bumpy crawl to the top of Mt. Defiance is ALL about that. From the summit, look to the south to see Mt Hood, and to the east is Hood River Valley. To the west is Mt. St Helens in Washington, and to the north is the Columbia River and Mt Adams. Apparently, this is an ideal mountain for communication equipment - as there are several buildings and antenna towers at the summit. Please be mindful of this equipment and stay well clear of it all. A perfect picnic spot is along the south side near some large rocks. This spot gives you a great view of the valley and Mt. Hood. The 1.6 miles and 1,165ft elevation gain to the top is all steep, very "bumpy" and requires a slow crawl. This is why solitude is found at the top of Mt Defiance - only the strongest of hikers, and high-clearance 4X4 vehicles should attempt this road.


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The beginning of Mt Defiance Road is noticeable by an old broken gate, and an information sign for an adjacent hiking trail.

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Starting Point: Mt Defiance Road

From the community of Dee in Hood River County, travel north on Punchbowl Road from Lost Lake Road for 1.2 miles. Continue straight on Deadpoint Road/NF-2820 for 7.8 miles to the intersection with NF-2821. Turn right on NF-2821 and travel 1.3 miles to the start of Mt Defiance Road.



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Dean Johnston

Mapping Crew - Oregon

Dean has lived in Oregon for over 12 years - having spent most of his adult life in Southern California where his love for exploring the outdoors was born. Over the years Dean has hiked to remote fishing holes, mountain biked red-dirt trails of AZ, and backpacked the trails of the Eastern Sierras. As an avid off-road explorer driving a Jeep Wrangler, Dean can often be found traversing the back-roads and trails of Oregon and Washington, or overlanding in Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah. Dean is also a Trail Guide for Jeep Jamboree USA, guiding jamboree participants in and around the 4x4 trails of Tillamook State Forest in Oregon. Dean's day-job is Business Development for a local aerospace company, but he has also owned & operated a number of small businesses. Dean is a retired Police Officer, an Army veteran, and airplane pilot.
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