Dog Mountain Loop

4 reviews #2 hike out of 198 in
5.8 mi
Distance
2 hrs 23 min
Time
terrain
2,753 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a difficult lollipop trail in Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Steep and quick, you are essentially climbing the entire time. Be prepared for several weather changes as you ascend. VERY windy at the top. In the fall months you're likely to encounter rain, hail, and even snow. By the time winter hits, snow shoes are necessary as there will be several feet of snow towards the top. You will reach a point ~3.5 miles in towards the top where the trail splits off, and the sign is weathered away. Proceed to the left on the way up to summit the mountain, and if you want an alternate route down on the way back, split off to the right where you encountered the sign (the trail links back up ~ 1.5 miles down). This hike is wildly popular for good reason. It has amazing views of the Columbia River Gorge and neighboring mountains, and provides folks with a nice sense of accomplishment.

Getting Started

Large parking lot alongside highway WA-14. Must have Northwest Forest pass or pay $5 parking fee at kiosk. Permits to hike Dog Mountain are required from April-June on weekends only. Permits (as well as NW Forest Pass) may be obtained at Marathon gas station in Stevenson, WA. Trail map at kiosk east of parking lot.

Taking Children

(2/10): I would not recommend taking children on this hike. Terrain is steep, jagged, slippery and dangerous at points.



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robert.arora 5 years, 1 month ago
Dog Mountain Trail
This is in Hood River on the Washington side.  Parking off the side of the road with room for about 20 cars. The trailhead us up a bit from the parking lot, with facilities.This trail starts out with a bang, it does level off for a bit, but not for long.  The trail is well maintained, with amazing views of the valley and surrounding mountains from the top of the trail.  Everything looks better covered in snow, and it definitely didn't disappoint!  It was VERY windy near the top (to the point where I had to hang on to Deb so that she didn't blow off of the mountain - these were probably 60-70 MPH gusts. Bitter cold with the wind.  Really good run down.
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Nicholas Heilweil 5 years, 1 month ago
Rob: Dog Mountain
This is in Hood River on the Washington side.  Parking off the side of the road with room for about 20 cars. The trailhead us up a bit from the parking lot, with facilities.This trail starts out with a bang, it does level off for a bit, but not for long.  The trail is well maintained, with amazing views of the valley and surrounding mountains from the top of the trail.  Everything looks better covered in snow, and it definitely didn't disappoint!  It was VERY windy near the top (to the point where I had to hang on to Deb so that she didn't blow off of the mountain - these were probably 60-70 MPH gusts. Bitter cold with the wind.  Really good run down.
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Zuehlsdorf 2 years ago
Dog Mountain (1/6/18, 11:20:51AM)
Clouded in and windy with snow and ice halfway up. JZ, KZ, DS, ZH.
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