Dog Mountain Trail

Carson, Washington

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Trails in the Columbia River Gorge are favorites of wildflower enthusiasts. The flowers begin from the trailhead in early April and continue all the way to the summit of Dog Mountain as summer progresses. By June the summit is a yellow carpet of balsamroot, and in addition to floral displays there are views of Mount Hood and across the Columbia River to Starvation Ridge, Mount Defiance (identified by towers), and other high points in the Gorge. This trail is steep enough to provide a workout, and that attracts many hikers, as well. Unless you hike on a bitter day in November, you’ll share this summit with other hikers, many with dogs.
Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

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Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

by Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Trails in the Columbia River Gorge are favorites of wildflower enthusiasts. The flowers begin from the trailhead in early April and continue all the way to the summit of Dog Mountain as summer progresses. By June the summit is a yellow carpet of balsamroot, and in addition to floral displays there are views of Mount Hood and across the Columbia River to Starvation Ridge, Mount Defiance (identified by towers), and other high points in the Gorge.

This trail is steep enough to provide a workout, and that attracts many hikers, as well. Unless you hike on a bitter day in November, you’ll share this summit with other hikers, many with dogs.

© 2004 Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carson
Distance: 7.5
Elevation Gain: 2,900 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Hikable: March to January, Best flowers: April through June
Local Contacts: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 430 Hood River
Driving Directions: Directions to Dog Mountain Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/21/2009
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My wife and I had a great time hiking this trail, although we only made it about half way up the mountain. The portion we hiked was essentially a series of switchbacks that lead up the mountain to a lookout point. The trail was well maintained, and the stack of walking sticks (you'll need them) at the trail head was a welcome sight for us out-of-towners who weren't able to bring any. A great hike for those looking to get a taste of what the Columbia River Valley has to offer in the way of hiking.



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