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Friday, May 25, 2012

Hike of the Month: Dog Mountain

Location: Columbia River Gorge
Distance: 7.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 2900 feet
High Point: 2945 feet
Maps: Green Trails Columbia River Gorge West #428S
This trail is not a secret. But it sure is beautiful, especially in the spring when an electric display of balsamroot blooms as far as the eye can see. It's worth a hike anytime of the year, however, with its fabulous views of the Columbia River Gorge, Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood from the old lookout at the top.
You'll see plenty of people along the way, as well as dogs. It's a great conditioning hike for both the two-legged and four-legged sort. Bring plenty of water along - it's pretty dry out there! And watch out for rattlesnakes and poison oak - all the more reason to heed the requirement to keep Fido on a leash.
There are two looping possibilities as you climb Dog Mountain, which helps a bit with crowd control. It doesn't matter terribly which way you go. The views - flowers at your feet as you ascend and sweeping vistas of the Columbia River as you descend - characterize both the loops, and all trails lead to the top. Most hikers, however, stay right at both junctions to for a gentler approach, so that generally is the recommended way to go.
The famous flower display usually peaks in mid-to-late May, so plan your trip accordingly. And be sure to bring a windbreaker, because it can be quite breezy up there.
More Information:
Read: Hiking Guide & Trip Reports for Dog Mountain
Get the guidebook: Day Hiking: South Cascades

Driving Directions: From Vancouver, drive SR 14 east for 54 miles to the trailhead, on the left. Northwest Forest Pass required.

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