Mt. Defiance is known as one of the hardest hike in Gorge when you do it from the North. We did not do that. We hiked the Mt. Defiance Trail to the summit from the South side. So we did a long drive and short hike to get the same greats views as if you did a short drive but a very long, hart hike. Except we did not get the great view because of the wildfires smoke. Anyways it was a new trail to explore and a nice day for a hike. Afterwards it was back to the Best Western in Hood River for food, beer and a great view of the Columbia River.