Mount Defiance

North Bend, Washington

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Defiance is futile! This peak and its stunning views will amaze you. The long ridge spine to the north of the South Fork Snoqualmie River (the I-90 corridor) offers some of the steepest hiking trails in the Cascades, but also some of the best views. Mount Defiance gives you both, and lakeside rest areas make the thigh-burning climb well worth the effort. Plan your trip when the atmosphere is clear (right after or a few days before a storm—look for barometric pressure changes to clue in to weather changes). With clear skies and clean air around you, views will stretch across the breadth of Washington— from Mount Baker near the Canadian border to Mount Adams (and very faintly, Mount Hood) near the Columbia River and the Oregon border.
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

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Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Defiance is futile! This peak and its stunning views will amaze you. The long ridge spine to the north of the South Fork Snoqualmie River (the I-90 corridor) offers some of the steepest hiking trails in the Cascades, but also some of the best views.

Mount Defiance gives you both, and lakeside rest areas make the thigh-burning climb well worth the effort. Plan your trip when the atmosphere is clear (right after or a few days before a storm—look for barometric pressure changes to clue in to weather changes). With clear skies and clean air around you, views will stretch across the breadth of Washington— from Mount Baker near the Canadian border to Mount Adams (and very faintly, Mount Hood) near the Columbia River and the Oregon border.

© 2014 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking
Nearby City: North Bend
Distance: 11
Elevation Gain: 3,384 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Best Times: Aug–Oct
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend office
Local Maps: Green Trails Bandera No. 206 and Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Defiance

Recent Trail Reviews

8/19/2012
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Got to the trail around 10:00 and the morning fog was thick keeping the air cool for the quick incline you begin with. by the time I reached the lake, I was in the cloud and some what damp but warm from the climb. just past skirting the left side of the lake I was above the clouds and It was another beautiful summer day. the trail is rough and the small granite rocks are very sharp, I tend to rock my five finger toe shoes and trail runner so soft footed people beware, parts of the final climb are smooth, steep, and soft soil making for a very slick climb which can quickly become a scramble. the view was amazing from the top as the morning fog burned from the valleys after noon. Loved the incline and was all in all a good leg burner



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