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Mt. Defiance 08.14.2011

08/14/2011

Hiked to the summit of Mt. Defiance today and thought I would share a few pictures!

Here is the sign at the start of the trailhead –

Mt. Defiance Trail Head Sign by Joel Bornzin 08.14.2011

After about 2-3 Miles the views of the mighty Columbia River started to open up –

View of the Columbia River from the Mt. Defiance Trail by Joel Bornzin

You enter the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness and Mt. Hood National Forest on your way –

Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Mt. Hood National Forest Sign by Joel Bornzin 08.14.2011

Got a peek at Mt. Adams through the clouds –

Mt. Adams through the clouds from the Mt. Defiance Trail by Joel Bornzin 08.14.2011

Up towards the summit, there were a lot of rocks!

Field of Rocks Up Near the Summit of Mt. Defiance by Joel Bornzin 08.14.2011

On the summit a very uninspiring view of radio towers –

Summit of Mt. Defiance by Joel Bornzin 08.14.2011

Wait a second…on the other side of the summit is an amazing view of Mt. Hood! That’s better!

View of Mt. Hood from summit of Mt. Defiance by Joel Bornzin 08.14.2011

On the way down…the Columbia River made another kind of appearance –

Columbia River sign on the Mt. Defiance Trail by Joel Bornzin 08.14.2011

What a great day. Strenous training hike, totally worth every mile!

Beauty in the Gorge! Ready for South Sister at the end of August!

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