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Mount Defiance trail in Oregon

Mount Defiance, the most difficult trail in Oregon

Mount Defiance trail is a 12.4-mile or 20km loop trail in Oregon near Cascade Locks. It is generally regarded as the most difficult trail in Oregon, and it takes an average of 8 – 9 hours to finish.

Mount Defiance
Mount Hood from the summit of Mount Defiance

With breathtaking views of Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams, it is the highest point in the Columbia Gorge.

Mount Defiance is 4950 feet (1511 meters) high. The trail begins at Starvation Creek State Park along Interstate 84 in Oregon, at about 130 feet above sea level. In the late winter or early spring, Mount Defiance offers an ideal training opportunity for mountaineers.

Yesterday, I hiked the Mount Defiance Trail. I started trekking up the trail at 6:30 a.m. and finished in approximately 5 hours. Warren Lake was roughly 30 minutes away before reaching the summit.

I have been looking for difficult trails nearby. I have hiked Dog Mount, Herman Creek trail and other trails. Mount Defiance was the toughest trail I have ever hiked in Oregon. It has many steep ascents all the way to the summit.

Mount Defiance reminds me of numerous Korean mountains, including Mount Jiri, Mount Seorak, Mount Doota and Mount Chiak. The mountains of Korea are generally steep, requiring strenuous workout.

When I lived in Korea, I used to spend every weekend hiking in the mountains. Those mountains evoke many pleasant memories of people, places, local foods, and so on.

I miss the people, places, Maggoli, and delicacies I was always around. Who said that when people get old, they live on their memories?

I’m not sure when I’ll be able to hike in Korea again; my heart is simply full of longing. I would have to be content with trekking where I am now. It would be preferable to simply wishing for something I don’t know when I can get.

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