Dog Mountain Trail Loop
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Length: 6.8 miles
Trail Uses: Hiking
Facilities available: Parking
Season of Use: March – December
Elevation: 120 ft to 2948 ft
Visitor Use: Heavy
Recreation Pass to Park: Yes
Directions to Dog Mountain Trailhead
13 miles east of Stevenson, WA on State Route 14. From Portland, drive Interstate 84 to Cascade Locks exit 44, take the Bridge of the Gods across the river, and turn right on Washington Highway 14 for 12 miles. There is a large sign for the Dog Mountain Trailhead, between mileposts 53 and 54, park in the pullout on the north side of the highway.
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Dog Mountain Trail Description
This is a steep day hike with outstanding views of the Columbia River Gorge, Mount Adams, Mount Hood, and Mount St. Helens. This is a heavily used trail on weekends. Loop opportunity with Augspurger Trail. The terrain starts out somewhat elevated walking straight up the mountain. Bring lots of water. This is not a trail for young children or unfit adults. The trail is initially very rocky but after about .7 miles becomes safer. Views from the top are spectacular – Mt. Hood from the south and Mt. St. Helens from the northwest. Visit Dog Mountain in the spring when the wild flowers are in full bloom.
USFS Dog Mountain Trailhead web page
USFS Dog Mountain Trail web page
USFS Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Day Hiking web page
USFS Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Backpacking web page