Before you register, please:
Join Oregon Master Naturalist Cindy Luxhoj on a quest to scale Starvation Ridge and emerge victorious on the summit of Mt Defiance, the highest peak in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The group will then hike up Starvation Ridge, have a leisurely stroll by Warren Lake, complete the lollipop to Defiance’s summit, then the tortuous descent. We'll take this hike slow and steady, there's no race, just the satisfaction of knowing you have triumphed over one of the most difficult hikes in the Gorge.
* Only well-conditioned and well-prepared hikers should attempt very strenuous expert hike. The hike will generally be long and steep, and may include rock scrambling, stream crossings, and other challenging terrain. Generally 8 miles and over.
Trained volunteers lead Friends outings
What you can expect on this guided outing: This is a very strenuous and challenging hike, you should only attempt this hike if you are conditioned for very strenuous hikes. Be aware, you will have to cross talus (large rock) fields throughout the trail which can test your balance, hiking poles are recommended. This hike can be a steep, rocky descent on tired legs.
Hazards: Portions of this trail are on rocky talus, semi-rugged, and steep in sections. View the recommended 10+ Essentials List to help you pack.
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Restrooms: Nearest restroom located at the trailhead.
Managed By: U.S. Forest Service
What to expect at a Friends guided outing: Expect a supportive and welcoming space where experienced hike leaders and shepherds guide you throughout Gorge outdoor spaces. Friends outings provide the opportunity to explore the Columbia Gorge, build community, and learn how Friends is the only conservation organization entirely dedicated to protecting, preserving, and stewarding the Gorge.
A confirmation email with outing details will be sent out 3-5 days before the event.
Questions? Please contact Melissa Gonzalez at email@example.com or 971-634-1265.
Photo: Kate Lindberg