Enjoy breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge and Mount St. Helens on this 4-5 hour hike. The trail is amazing during wildflower season, but be sure to get there early or on a weekday to avoid the crowds.

The Dog Mountain trailhead is located halfway between Stevenson and Bingen. Look for the big signed parking area just after milepost 53 (Eastbound). The parking lot fills up quickly, especially during peak wildflower season, so if you can go on a weekday that would be better.

There are 3 trails to the summit:

  • Augsberger trail is to the left of the parking area and is the most mellow. It has more viewpoints, but less shade. A good part of the trail is walking on rocks, both loose and in the ground, so good hiking boots with ankle support is helpful.

  • The 2 front side trails begin to the right of the parking area. You will pass a vault toilet on the way up and the only bathroom facilities offered. After .7 miles, the trail splits to a "More Difficult" and "Less Difficult" option. The "Less Difficult" is .4 miles longer, but more scenic. There is one viewpoint with a log bench to take in the view or rest before heading back into the treeline and up to the peak.

Once out of the second treeline, everything opens up and indian paintbrush, lupine, and mostly balsamroot, cover the steep mountainside. After enjoying the views, you can continue up to the summit, loop back down to the parking lot, or go back the way you came.

Pack List

  • NW Forest Pass
  • Water
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Good hiking shoes/boots
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Windbreaker
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RT Distance 7 Miles
Elevation Gain 2948 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers

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Crowded but a wildflower dreamland

We got to the trailhead just before 7 am and still were met with an almost full parking lot and lots of people! However, we took the steeper route yesterday to avoid crowds and had the trail almost all to ourselves. The view was breathtaking and the wildflowers were unlike anything I've ever seen! So magical at the summit-- absolutely worth the sore legs.

Hard but worth it

We went the Friday before Memorial Day and the flowers were amazing. Peak time for this cold, wet year, but on a normal year you'll probably want to go before Memorial Day. The parking lot was full so we parked a half mile east in a pull out of SR14. Make sure to bring lunch to enjoy at the top.

over 1 year ago

Good hike, Recommended

This hike was pretty. It was steeper than I was expecting in some spots but pretty doable. Great views of Hood River, Beacon Rock, and the Cascades. You could even see Mt Hood peeking over the Oregon side of the Gorge. I would for sure bring a windbreaker along because the top was a bit chilly and very windy even in mid-July. Fee area. Be sure to have a Northwest Forest Pass, $5 cash or a checkbook with you. We had to drive to Home Valley to get change.


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