Mt. Defiance, so named because it defiantly holds onto its snowpack until late July, is the highest peak in the Columbia River Gorge. At nearly 5000 feet of elevation gain in less than six miles, it is one of the most physically demanding paths in Oregon. Mountain climbers religiously use this trail to train for the snowpeaks in the spring, for obvious reasons, and that's in fact why we decided to give it a go. We climbed it in late April, and there was lots of snow above 3500 feet. This slide show contains a few images from our trip. Just click on "Next Image" below to start the show.
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