Summary: Dog Mountain is one of the area's best and most accessible spring and summer escapes. This heavily used loop opportunity climbs rapidly in the first 0.5 mile, gaining 700 feet in elevation. The trail forks, giving hikers the option of heading north on the more direct, but steep route to the summit, or to the east for a longer but more gradual climb. The trail to the right (east) provides a great opportunity for sweeping views of the Columbia river and beautiful flowered meadows, while the northern route is a 2.5 mile steep grade through the forest where it links back up to the summit loop trail. For your efforts you are rewarded with a collection of wildflowers, views of Mt Hood, Mt St Helens, and the knowledge you just made it atop the 2,984 ft. Dog Mountain. Watch for poison oak and rattlesnakes along the trail. Please stay on the trail. Not suitable for mountain bikes.
Trailhead: Dog Mountain - Trailhead is on north side of Washington State Highway 14 at milepost 53. 12 miles east from Bridge of the Gods. (Lat:45.70005 Lon:-121.70755)
Trail Guides for Dog Mountain Trail, Portland Oregon:
Hiking the Columbia River Gorge
by Russ Schneider (Falcon Guide)
60 Hikes within 60 miles of Portland
by Paul Gerald (Menasha Ridge Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Hood River, OR 541-308-1700
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Drew Furnia, who has posted 23 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Jens on 1/20/2013
Make it today 1/20/2013. Very cold wind, icy snowflakes and low visibility at the top. Half the trail up and down was really icy and difficult to hike. Unfortunatelly nothing to see other than clouds. Nevertheless made the whole loop within 3hrs20min. Hiking this nice loop during this time of the year you should be an experienced hiker!
Reviewed by Erica on 1/13/2013
Hiked up Tuesday Jan 8, 2013. Great conditions in the beginning. Really deep snow towards the top, kept falling in, think it would have been worse with snoeshoes. Wind picked up pretty high, lost visibility. Would reccommend going earlier as we got there around 11am and saw people coming down that made it to top. Did not reach summit due to visibilty.
Reviewed by Mark R on 6/14/2012
Speed hiked it. Walked briskly up the mountain. Had to slow down for a large amount of mud on the steep trail on the west(?) side of the mtn. Reached the top under two hrs and ran down past puppydog lookout. Reached the bottom in 3-3.5 hrs. Super awesome spectacular views. Bring a lite jacket even if its warm at the trailhead it gets pretty cold at the top. The flowers in the meadows were stunning! Id highly recommend June as a prime time to check this trail out!
Reviewed by KS on 6/25/2011
Beautiful views, but much more strenuous than we realized. Take seriously the warning about rattlesnakes. We saw two on the trail, including one that rattled, coiled, and lunged just as my young son was walking by.
Reviewed by Ayla on 6/23/2011
Folks, this is the weekend for Dog Mountain. We went up today to avoid the crowds and the flowers are putting on an incredible show. Larkspur, Paintbrush, Lupine, on and on and on. If you ever wanted to walk in a Monet painting, here's your chance.
Reviewed by Martha on 6/12/2011
HIked today (Sunday 6/11). Cold and windy at the top. Peekaboo views of Mt. Hood and St. Helens through the clouds. Every year on the way up, I ask myself why I'm doing this. Then I get to the flowers! That's why! The balsam root is probably peak this week. Lots of lupine on the way up, but bot too much open at the top yet. There were larkspur and paintbrush, and many others too. Beautiful! The views aren't too bad either. I guess this is an annual spring rite...Worth the trip.
Reviewed by Frank on 6/10/2011
Only 2 other cars there when we left the parking lot at 6:50am. Very pleasant hiking weather. Windy,cool and foggy up-top. Tons of flowers. Broke out of the clouds on the way down, where it was sunnier & starting to warm up. Back to the parking lot, which was about half-full when we headed home about 11:45am. I love Dog Mountain.
Reviewed by A.J. on 6/9/2011
Today was the perfect day for Dog Mountain! Sunny, not too windy.we were the 7th car in the parking lot and zipped up the mtn with our fearless leader and enjoyed the flowers, the scenery and perfect weather, and the company of our gracious fellow hikers. The flowers at the summit are just getting ready to flower.
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