Dog Mountain Trail (#147)

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Dog Mountain Summit

Drawn by dramatic balsamroot blooms that blanket the high meadow from April to June, crowds flock to this popular trail on spring weekends. On a clear day, one can see the Columbia River winding through the Gorge in both directions, with Mt. Hood towering to the south and Mount St. Helens looming on the northwest horizon.

Hikers can create a loop via Dog-Augspurger Tie Trail to Augspurger Trail #4407 which shares the same trailhead.

NOTE: Because of its steep grades of 10-25%, this trail is not suited to young children or unfit adults.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Expect some remnant snow and debris. Logs reported on trail 10/25/2016.
Fees $5/vehicle/day at Dog Mountain Trailhead
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Motor vehicles are prohibited. Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail.
Closest Towns: White Salmon, WA; Carson, WA; Home Valley, WA
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Dog Mountain Trailhead.
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

General Information


Dog Mountain Trailhead

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

From Portland, OR: Travel west 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.



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Day Hiking

This is one of the most popular, but also most strenuous hikes in the Gorge. Be prepared for steep grades and potentially dramatic weather changes as you approach the summit.  

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  Area/Length : 
3.1 miles

  Elevation : 
100' - 2600'