Dog Mountain - Columbia Gorge, Washington State

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5.5 hours plus a half hour for lunch
2,800 ft
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This is the most beautiful hike we have been on in a long time. Quite strenuous in the beginning you gain most of the elevation in a very short distance cutting back and forth through the lower forest region.

About halfway up the mountain you break out of the forest and if you are as lucky enough as we were and take the hike in the late spring you emerge into mountain side fields of yellow wild flowers.

We hiked the rest of the way to the summit on the trail that went through these fields. At the top the panorama was fantastic! with unobstructed views of the Columbia Gorge, Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens.

If you are going to be hiking in the Columbia Gorge area this is one hike you can't miss!

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Hiker Reviews For The Dog Mountain Hike (5 Most Recent)
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By: Rating: Date of Hike: Monday, June 10, 2013
This is one of my favorite trails in the late spring. The wildflowers, if you're lucky enough to have it timed right, can be spectacular. I climbed the loop (up Dog Mt. Trail, down Aspergers Trail) on Monday, 6/10/13. I got up at 4 am to make sure I could have a leisurly breakfast and take my time before leaving for the TH at 6:20 am. I began the climb at 8:30 am. (it's 109 miles to the TH from my place).

I was lucky with my timing since the wildflowers were blooming in a ratio of reds, blues, and yellows that I find much more attractive than just the yellow (not my favorite color) Balsamroot.

The weather was fair. Not crystal clear (a small amount of water vapor haze) but, by most standards, a fine day.

Since I know this trail can be crowded - especially on weekends - I, being retired, chose a Monday morning for my hike. Good choice. Only 2 vehicles in the parking area when I arrived. Early up and early down also means beating the rush hour traffic on my way home to Salem.

On the way up two girls (young women) zoomed past me (I've slowed down a lot at age 70), and one young couple past me near the summit. On my way down the Aspergers Trail there were about a dozen hikers that were headed up. BTW, I summited at 10:53 am - 2 hrs. and 23 min. to go a little over 3 miles uphill - SLOW!!


By: Trudi Phillips Rating: Date of Hike: Sunday, May 19, 2013
Great Hike!! The trail was real good and the flowers were BEAUTIFUL. Be ready for some wind up at the top section.

By: TM Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, May 04, 2013
Terrific weather made a wonderful hike. Steep but good trail. The views are well worth the effort. Came across 2 rattlesnakes in the early afternoon. Yikes!

By: Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, February 02, 2013
This past weekend's hike was soooo much better than the crusted snow trudge over Christmas break!  The warm weather melted everything all the way to the top.  There was a little bit of mud up there but then I didn't wear my shiny shoes either so it was okay.



Couldn't believe it when I got back to the parking lot as it was practically filled with cars!  Wow, February and it was double row parking.  Anyway, looks like will not need to prepare for winter blizzard conditions again unless the weather changes radically from now until spring.


By: Rating: Date of Hike: Tuesday, January 08, 2013
It was my first time on Dog Mountain with great conditions starting off around 11am, thanks for the most recent reviews I was able to prepare well and decided against the snowshoes. Went on longer route up and wind and snow picked up heavily on the final accent with waist deep snow in some areas - ended up losing visibility for a while. Without knowing or seeing the trail well, I sadly decided to turn around and took the shorter/steeper way down, my broken Yaktrax were on my mind - how helpful they would have been. I am excited to head back up soon but get to the trailhead earlier. I saw 1 couple heading down as I got there that made it to top.

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