New Permit System at Dog Mountain

A New Permit System will Address Public Safety Concerns at Dog Mountain, Washington

parking along the highway at the overflowing Dog Mountain trailhead parking lot.Dog Mountain is a popular hiking area in the Columbia River Gorge with high visitation during the spring wildflower season. The trailhead parking lot reaches full capacity on weekends during peak season, causing visitors to park and walk along State Route 14 (SR-14) to access the trail system. The road’s high-speed traffic, narrow shoulders, and limited site distances make it unsafe for pedestrian traffic and create a serious public safety concern.

Dog Mountain Parking lot fills up during peak season.Skamania County officials and partners at Washington Department of Transportation and Washington State Police have asked the Forest Service to take action to reduce risk associated with overflow parking and pedestrian traffic at the site. The Forest Service is working with partners to address these concerns, which have been exacerbated as a result of the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire and associated closure area. The Forest Service and State Parks are already seeing an increase in use at trailheads on the Washington side of the Gorge as hikers look for alternatives to the popular waterfall corridor trails. 

Dog Mountain Shuttle & Permit System

Three hikers enjoy the view from the top of Dog MountainIn 2017, Skamania County received grant funding to begin providing shuttle service to the Dog Mountain Trailhead on busy weekends during the high use season. The 2018 proposed trail permit system is designed to encourage more visitors to use the shuttle service. 

Visitors will be able to obtain a permit to access the Dog Mountain Trail on Saturdays and Sundays from March 31 to July 1 by:

On Saturdays and Sundays from March 31 to July 1, each individual using the Dog Mountain Trail System will be required to obtain a permit. The system includes Dog Mountain Trail (#147 and #147C), Dog Augspurger Tie Trail #147A, and the lower portion of Augspurger Trail #4407. Hikers on the system will be required to carry a hard copy permit or electronic proof of purchase.

Permits will be available without reservation for all visitors who use the Dog Mountain shuttle service operated by Skamania County. In addition to the shuttle option, there will be 165 permits available per day through the national online reservation system.

More information is located in our Dog Mountain Permit System Frequently Asked Questions. (.pdf)