On the Dog Mountain trail (photographer: Greg Lief)
Trail Description Driving Directions
Trail Alert, Apr 11, 2017: From April 15 - June 18, take the shuttle bus to Dog Mountain Trailhead from Skamania County Fairgrounds. This shuttle bus operates only on Saturday & Sundays running every 15-20 minutes for $2 round trip. Historically the parking lot is full by 10 a.m. and it is illegal and unsafe to park on Hwy 14. The balsamroot blooms are expected to be later than usual this year; possibly as late as mid-June. Read press release.
Dog Mountain is a popular hike due to its easy access in the Gorge, beautiful views, and relatively short distance. Don't let the distance and low elevation fool you, however; the trails are very steep and will require some fitness and perseverance. This loop is known for prime wildflower viewing in May and June, but hikes in the summer and fall are rewarding as well.
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Preserve the Wonder Hike Challenge
This spring’s hike challenge highlights the many wonders of the Gorge.