It’s little wonder that this 1,907-foot mountain once served as a Native American vision-quest site, where adolescent males would fast for days until their guardian spirit appeared. Seeing Hood, St. Helens, and Adams standing like sentinels over a serpentine Columbia River is certainly soul-stirring. You’ll have to earn the vista, though, with a climb that gains 1,120 feet in just under two miles. Still, it’s easier than tackling the 2,800-foot rise of nearby Dog Mountain. Even better, Wind Mountain hasn’t been detailed in every Gorge guidebook ever written, so you (and your spirit) will likely have the summit all to yourself.
ROUND TRIP: 4 miles
NEAREST TOWN: Carson, Wash.
DISTANCE FROM DOWNTOWN: 50 miles
PACK: The Curious Gorge; Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area map