Dog Mountain Loop

OutAndBack • 6.8 mi • 2828 ft

A steep day hike up Dog Mountain. The Dog Mountain Trail System is heavily used by many hikers and the summit is often crowded on weekends; still, the mountain provides a peaceful and scenic hike. On a clear day, Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams are all visible from the top. Dog Mountain is also well-known for wildflowers, especially during the spring and early summer.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cook
Length: 6.8 total miles
Elevation Gain: 2,828 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Strenuous
Duration: 3 to 6 hours
Season: Year-round, depending on frost line
Trailhead Elevation: 120 feet
Top Elevation: 2,948 feet
Other Uses: Leashed dogs are permitted
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest, 10600 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver, WA 98682; (360) 891-5000; pinchot.
Local Maps: USGS Mount Defiance; Hood River Green Trails
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If you are a person who enjoys an arduous hike with a relatively scarce amount of scenery, then this is the trail for you. However, I desired for a little of both - challenge and beauty, yet I did not find exactly what was promised. I had conducted a fair amount of homework into this trail before setting out for my journey. What I had read was that it was a very popular trail and it was well-maintained. Furthermore, the view from the top, as well as the view along the way were said to be fantastic. This is far from what I experienced. Don't get me wrong, the views from the top are beautiful - but they are not that exciting... definitely not worth the amount of work it takes to get there!


This is a difficult trail with a steep grade, but the views from the top are spectacular and well worth it. In wet weather I'd take the Augsberger trail down - it's not so steep and slick.

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