To Native Americans Wind Mountain is a sacred site that was used for spirit quests. I feel lucky to have gotten to experience this beautiful mountain. This hike is 3 miles round trip with 360 degree views at the summit.
Directions: From Cascade Locks, take the bridge of the gods to Washington. Turn Right on Hwy 14 and drive for 8 miles. Turn left on Wind mountain road, go a mile up and turn right on Girl scout road. Park in the gravel area there (no fee). You have to walk down the gravel road to get to the trail head, but there are cute signs marking the way.
The trail begins winding through the woods.
There are a few rocky parts to pass.
After 0.5 miles you can take a steep side trip to this lovely cliff with slightly freaky drop offs. But it’s so worth it! The rock is wide enough that I felt fine exploring, but I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re fearful of heights.
The rest of the climb gets greener and woodsier, very serene.
This was the first view point near the summit.
The top of the mountain has rock walls that were created by Native Americans on their spirit quests. I could not find a lot of information about these online, but one source mentioned they were built between 200 – 1,000 years ago.
This hike will most definitely go on my list of recommendations. Check it out! 🙂