Dog Mountain Loop
Central Gorge, Washington
On the Dog Mountain trail (photographer: Greg Lief)
- Beautiful Views
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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Dog Mountain Trailhead:
Cross the Bridge of the Gods ($2 toll) into Washington. Turn right heading east on WA Hwy 14. Pass through the town of Stevenson and then Wind Mountain. The trailhead is at milepost #53. Turn left/north into the large gravel parking lot. The Dog Mountain trail heads off to the right. The Augspurger Trail leaves from the same place headed up the hill to the west. This can be a busy lot during the spring and summer months. NW Forest Pass required. Please only park in the designated parking area at this trailhead. Do not park on the shoulder of Hwy 14; tickets and towing are now being enforced due to this extreme safety hazard.
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