Mount Defiance

North Bend, Washington 98045

Mount Defiance

Mount Defiance Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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Hiking through History Washington (Falcon Guides)
Nathan and Jeremy Barnes
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"This 10.5-mile trek past alpine lakes climbs to an expansive vista at the summit of Mount Defiance. The trail begins on the bones of a repurposed fire road, with a grade suitable for conveying heavy machinery up a mountainside. A few streams need to be forded before the trail becomes serious, leaving the young forest behind for a much steeper path up the mountain. The dusty trail moves beyond the pines for ever-larger glimpses at the valley below. Once the trail sheds the last of the trees, enormous views are your compensation for being fully exposed to the elements." Read more

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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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Trail Information

North Bend
Nearby City
3,384 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best Times
Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend office
Local Contacts
Green Trails Bandera No. 206 and Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
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Dec 2018