Dog Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Skamania County, Washington. It is 7.6 miles long and begins at 109 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,025 feet. The Dog Mountain Trail Head and Dog Mountain Trailhead parkings are near the trailhead. Dog Mountain (elevation 2,815 feet) can be seen along the trail. There are also viewpoints along the trail.
Dog Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This is probably the most popular of the real hiking trails in the Columbia River Gorge—“real” meaning it requires some real effort. But with an easy-access trailhead, great views of the river, and sunshine and wildflowers at a time when it’s usually still raining in Portland, it’s no wonder everybody on Earth comes here."
--Paul Gerald, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Here is a place famous not only for its incredibly steep trail, but for its incredible display of wildflowers. In fact, the summit of Dog Mountain is one big field of flowers. It’s hard to describe, there are so many species and so many colors. Best you make an effort to get to Dog Mountain as soon as you can. Oh, and the views up and down the Gorge are fantastic. On cloudless days, you can also see a lot of volcanoes."
--Peter Stekel, Best Wildflower Hikes Western Washington (Falcon Guides).
"The most spectacular hike on the Washington side of the Columbia gorge, Dog Mountain offers much to bark about. Straddling the transition zone between swirling clouds and golden rays of sunshine, Dog affords a beautiful perspective of the multifaceted gorge. The view straight down to the river and over the cone of Wind Mountain is beyond breathtaking. And the flowers! you’ll find the most stunning floral show sprawled across the sun-kissed meadows of this riverside peak. But there’s a hitch. The way is steep making this a dog of a hike. And its popularity means you’re never far from the pack."
--Craig Romano, Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge (The Mountaineers Books).
"This steep day hike up Dog Mountain is worth the effort for the name alone, not to mention the swaths of wildflowers in season and the amazing views from the summit."
--Lisa Wogan , Best Dog Hikes Washington (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano, Best Wildflower Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
"With a trailhead in the Columbia River Gorge, this mountain offers wonderful views of the deep cut of the Columbia as it slices through the Cascades. This is a popular trail that offers great views and a pleasant trail experience—wildflowers grace the forest meadows and clearings, and wildlife roams the area."
--Dan A. Nelson , Day Hiking: South Cascades (The Mountaineers Books).
"The most spectacular hike on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, Dog Mountain offers much to bark about. Straddling the transition zone between swirling clouds and golden rays of sunshine, Dog presents a beautiful perspective of the multifaceted Gorge. The view straight down to the river and over the cone of Wind Mountain is breathtaking. And you’ll ?nd the most stunning ?oral show within the Gorge sprawled across this riverside peak’s sun-kissed meadows. But there’s a hitch. The way is steep, making this a dog of a hike."
--Craig Romano, 100 Classic Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
"This singletrack trail begins ascending right from the start. After about 0.5 mile, an option for “more-difficult” or “less-difficult” terrain presents itself via signage. The less-difficult route actually has better views. The trail is forested until you reach the exposed overlooks.
This popular trailhead is located right off WA 14. Free parking is available right next to the trailhead. Restrooms are also available at the trailhead. If using public transportation, take the Gorge WET Bus."
--Adam Chase and Nancy Hobbs , Best Trail Runs: Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"With a name like this, is it any wonder this trail made it into this book? Of course dogs should hike Dog Mountain, but not just because of the name. The long, steep climb on this low-elevation trail provides an excellent opportunity for canines and their two-legged friends to stay in hiking condition all year round."
--Dan A. Nelson, Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Russ Schneider, revised by Jim Yuskavitch, Hiking The Columbia River Gorge (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."
--Adam Sawyer, Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides).
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