Dog Mountain

Cascade Locks, Oregon

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Dog Mountain is one of the most popular spring hiking destinations in the entire region. Generations have made this hike a Memorial Day weekend staple. For others, it’s a celebration of spring featuring one of the best wildflower displays in the Columbia River Gorge. The upper meadows of Dog Mountain explode with color in May and June. The trail is also an early-season conditioning hike for those looking to summit Cascade peaks later in the year. This 7-mile, 2,900-foot elevation gain loop hike makes an excellent primer. Team all of that up with picturesque classic Gorge views, and you’ve got a recipe for a crowded parking lot. If you’re hiking Dog Mountain on a sunny May or June weekend, prepare to get acquainted with several of your outdoor loving neighbors. If you prefer to have the trail to yourself, leave early on a weekday.
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by Adam Sawyer (Falcon Guides)

Dog Mountain is one of the most popular spring hiking destinations in the entire region. Generations have made this hike a Memorial Day weekend staple. For others, it’s a celebration of spring featuring one of the best wildflower displays in the Columbia River Gorge. The upper meadows of Dog Mountain explode with color in May and June.

The trail is also an early-season conditioning hike for those looking to summit Cascade peaks later in the year. This 7-mile, 2,900-foot elevation gain loop hike makes an excellent primer. Team all of that up with picturesque classic Gorge views, and you’ve got a recipe for a crowded parking lot. If you’re hiking Dog Mountain on a sunny May or June weekend, prepare to get acquainted with several of your outdoor loving neighbors. If you prefer to have the trail to yourself, leave early on a weekday.

© 2016 Adam Sawyer/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cascade Locks
Distance: 7.0
Elevation Gain: 2,900 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 2.5-5 hours
Season: Year-round; best in May and June
Local Contacts: US Forest Service, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. fs.usda.gov/crgnsa
Local Maps: DeLorme: Washington Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 101 C6
Driving Directions: Directions to Dog Mountain

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