Dog Mountain Loop

Cook, Washington

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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.
Hiking The Columbia River Gorge

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Hiking The Columbia River Gorge

by Russ Schneider, revised by Jim Yuskavitch (Falcon Guides)

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.

© 2014 Russ Schneider, revised by Jim Yuskavitch/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cook
Distance: 6.8
Elevation Gain: 2,828 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3 to 6 hours
Season: Year-round, depending on frost line
Trailhead Elevation: 120 feet
Top Elevation: 2,948 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest, 10600 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver, WA 98682; (360) 891-5000; www.fs.usda.gov/gifford pinchot.
Local Maps: USGS Mount Defiance; Hood River Green Trails
Driving Directions: Directions to Dog Mountain Loop

Recent Trail Reviews

7/14/2009
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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!


11/6/2006
0

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.


6/29/2006
0

Provides awesome views of the Columbia Gorge. This isn't a trail for seclusion, though. I went on a beautiful weekend day, one of the first after a long Portland, OR winter, and found myself coming across others on the trail a lot.


4/29/2006
0

Great hike -- did it on a gorgeous morning. The wildflowers were just starting to bloom. Friends did this hike two weeks later (mid-May) and saw ALL the flowers in full bloom! Little windy up top, so bring a windbreaker. Amazing views of Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens & Mt. Adams. I do recommend getting to the trail head early on a Saturday. We were the 1st car in the parking lot (~7am) had the trail mostly to ourselves. However, finished the hike at 11am & the lot was full (3 rows deep). Other note, I'd leave the dog at home -- way too much poison oak on the trail at lower elevation.


4/26/2005
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The view of the Gorge from this trail is one of the best I have seen yet, as I usually hike on the Oregon side. As mentioned in the other review, you definately work for your view on this hike, but once you reach the top, there is a great place for a picnic. This is not a good hike when it is cold or raining out, as you end up very exposed on higher portions of the trail. Dog mountain is a great loop trail, but it is not my first choice for Gorge trails.



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