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The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Dog Mountain Hike
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Map of the Dog Mountain Hike

Length: 7 mile loop, give or take
Elevation Change: 2800' gain
Season: Spring thru Fall with occasional winter opportunities
Difficulty:    Difficult due to steepness of trail
Permit:   NW Forest Pass Required
Features:


An excellent hike up a fairly steep mostly forested mountain to the open vistas of the top. In season (late May thru June) the floral displays are among the best.

The trail head parking lot is very large for a hiking area, which attests to the popularity of this hike. There are three basic ways to climb Dog Mtn:

  • #1 - the western route - longer - gentler - very scenic
  • #2 - the central route - shortest - steepest - forest
  • #3 - the eastern route - moderate - most view at top
Whatever route you choose, and whatever season you choose, you will find this a spectacular hike for sure.



Looking west toward Wind Mountain from the summit of Dog Mountain in spring
Looking west toward Wind Mountain from the summit
of Dog Mountain in spring


Looking west from the summit of Dog Mountain in winter
Looking west from the summit of Dog Mountain in winter
How to get there:

From Portland, travel east on Interstate Hwy 84 to Exit 44 to Cascade Locks. Exit the freeway and cross over the Columbia River into Washington via the Bridge of the Gods. Then turn right, or east, and head east through Stevenson, Washington to the intersection of the Wind River Highway to Carson, Washington. However, just continue east on SR14 for another 6.2 miles and you will come to the large parking area and trailheads for both the Dog Mountain and Augspurger Mountain hikes.

From Vancouver, WA travel east on SR14 through Stevenson, Washington to the intersection of the Wind River Highway to Carson, Washington. However, just continue east on SR14 for another 6.2 miles and you will come to the large parking area and trailheads for both the Dog Mountain and Augspurger Mountain hikes.

From either direction, due to overcrowding at the Dog Mountain trailhead in peak season, we highly recommend for safety that you consider using the Skamania County Gorge West End Transit bus . The price is low and the convenience is high.


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