Dog Mountain

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Dog Mountain Parking lot fills up during peak season.

Dog Mountain Day Use Area and Trailhead is the access point for two of the most scenic trails in the Gorge, Dog Mountain Trail #147 and Augspurger Trail #4407. These two trails form a popular loop hike, if you connect via the 1.5 mile Dog-Augspurger Tie Trail.

The area is most popular for its spring-blooming yellow balsamroot meadows, which occur at its upper meadows. Look for other wildflowers, such as white phantom orchids, Indian paintbrush and purple lupine, that add color to the mix. On Saturdays and Sundays during the peak spring wildflower season, each hiker on the Dog Mountain Trail System must carry a permit.

While Dog Mountain Trail tends to be the more popular route up, it is one of the most strenuous hikes in the Gorge due to its steep upward climb. It passes through an even-aged stand of old growth conifers, with an understory carpet of Oregon grape.  

Those who choose to loop around via Augspurger Trail will not be disappointed by glimpses of the Columbia River meandering around Wind Mountain towards the western Gorge. Be prepared for potentially dramatic weather changes as you approach the summit.

The Dog Mountain fee site includes a gravel parking area, picnic table and vault toilet at the trailhead. Parking is prohibited along roadway, and violators may be cited & towed. Park safely in the parking area and allow room for emergency vehicle and transit access. Consider treating yourself to this hike on a weekday, as the lot is crowded and full before 10 a.m. on weekends in May and June.

Dog Mountain Summit Three hikers enjoy the view from the top of Dog Mountain Dog Mountain Parking lot fills up during peak season. The view is expansive at Dog Mountain.

At a Glance

Fees $5/vehicle/day
Permit Info: Each hiker must carry a permit or digital proof of permit each year on Saturdays and Sundays during peak spring wildflower season. 2020 Permit Dates: April 18 to June 14, 2020. Visit fs.usda.gov/goto/crgnsa/hikedogmountain to learn about how to obtain a permit.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: East of Stevenson, Carson, and Home Valley, WA 
West of White Salmon, WA
Across the river from Cascade Locks, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Passes: NW Forest Pass or valid federal recreation pass may be used in lieu of fee payment. Sorry, Oregon and Washington state passes not accepted.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

General Information

Directions:

From Stevenson, WA: Travel east on Washington State Route 14 for 10 miles. Trailhead parking is available at milepost 53.7...look for the Dog Mountain Trailhead sign.

From Portland, OR: Travel east on Interstate 84 to Cascade Locks exit #44.  Follow the off ramp under the interstate and take the first right to the Bridge of the Gods across the Columbia River. At the stop sign, turn right (east) on Washington State Route 14 and travel 12 miles. At milepost 53.7 there is a large sign for the Dog Mountain Trailhead. Park in the pullout on the left.

Car Free Options & Parking Info:

For car free options check Skamania County Transit bus schedule.

Park only in designated spaces. There are about 70 spots fill quickly on weekends. Allow room for emergency vehicle & transit. Parking is not permitted on SR 14, consider carpooling or visiting Dog Mountain during non-peak periods. Expect congestion on weekends and holidays.


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