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. During the peak spring wildflower season, each hiker on the Dog Mountain Trail System must carry a permit on Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day (May 30) from April 23 - June 12, 2022.
Dog Mountain Hiking Permit
Each hiker must carry a permit on Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day from April 23 - June 12.
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. For your safety, please remember that parking along Washington State Route 14 (SR-14) to access the Dog Mountain Trailhead is discouraged and visitors who park illegally may be fined and towed. Walking along the railroad tracks is both dangerous and illegal. Park safely in a designated parking spot located 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 tends to be full before 10 a.m. on weekends from late April - mid June.
Each hiker must carry a permit or digital proof of a permit on Saturdays, Sundays as well as on Memorial Day during peak spring wildflower season.
2022 Permit dates are April 23 through June 12.
Car-Free Options and Parking Info
Columbia Area Transit (CAT) will provide Dog Mountain shuttle services in 2022.
Park only in designated spaces. There are about 70 spots and they fill quickly on weekends. Allow room for emergency vehicle and transit.
At a Glance
|Permit Info:||Each hiker must carry a permit or digital proof of permit each year on Saturdays and Sundays & on Memorial Day during peak spring wildflower season starting April 23 - June 12, 2022. Visit fs.usda.gov/goto/crgnsa/hikedogmountain to learn about how to obtain a permit.|
|Closest Towns:||East of Stevenson, Carson, and Home Valley, WA
West of White Salmon, WA
Across the river from Cascade Locks, OR
|Restroom:||Vault Toilet (1)|
|Passes:||NW Forest Pass or valid federal recreation pass may be used in lieu of fee payment. Washington/Oregon state passes NOT accepted.|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
|Information Center:||Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area|
From Stevenson, WA: Travel east on Washington State Route 14 for 10 miles. At milepost 53.7 there is a large sign for the Dog Mountain Trailhead. Park in the pullout on the left.
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:
The Columbia Area Transit (CAT) will be providing shuttle services on Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial day to/from Stephenson, WA starting April 23 - June 12, 2022. The shuttle runs about every 30 minutes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the days a permit is required. The pick-up/drop-off location is 518 Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, WA. The last shuttle departing Stevenson is 1 p.m.
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.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
Dog Mountain Trail 147 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.
Areas for Day Hiking at Dog Mountain
The high meadow near the Dog Mountain summit is blanketed with Balsamroot and Indian paintbrushes peaks in May and June, and can be seen until mid-July. Accessed via Dog Mountain Trail or by creating a loop with Augsburger and the Augsburger-Tie Trail.
Dog Mountain Summit offers outstanding panoramas of the Columbia River Gorge and, on a clear day, one can see numerous Cascade volcanic peaks, including Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens. From Augsburger Trail, there are several impressive west-facing viewpoints of Wind Mountain and the Columbia River.
Areas for Viewing Scenery at Dog Mountain
2 picnic tables on site
|No. of Sites||2|
|No. of Accessible sites||2|
Alerts & Warnings
- Waterfall Corridor Timed Use Permits begin May 24
- Closure Update: Eagle Creek Fire
- Firewood available again
- Spring weekend hiking permits for Dog Mountain
- Drones prohibited in wilderness and select recreation sites
- Klickitat Mile One Overnight Use & Large Boat Launch Prohibition
- Guard against car theft
- Check road and weather conditions