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.
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.
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.
Outstanding views of the Gorge, Mount Adams, Mount Hood, and Mount St. Helens.