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: Sandi, Winston & friends Rating: Date of Hike: Friday, May 31, 2019
Everything everyone has said is true!  Hard but worth it.  The only thing I might add is that we came down the long way that was suppose to be less steep and a tad easier.  Well, it may be less steep but it has a ton of rock slides on it, so it makes your footing terrible.  Here your legs are shot from going down hill for so long and now you have all these loose rocks to step over.  I found that very difficult.  I read that someone's dog suffered paw injuries and I too hiked with a Golden Retriever whose paws got very sore from going over so many loose, sharp rocks.  So just something to be aware of when making a choice of which route to take down.  Next time, I will take the steeper route down.  It's painful going down, so just get it over with, hahahaha!  Great hike though, so pretty, even in the forest! 

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: 1943Mike Rating: Date of Hike: Monday, June 10, 2013
My embarrassing spelling error below concerning the name of the trail on my loop in June of 2013 will now be corrected! It's Augspurger Trail!

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 4, 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!

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