If hiking and wildflowers make you smile, now is a great time to hike the Dog Mountain trail.
Dog Mountain is not for the faint of heart; the elevation goes from 60 feet to 2860 feet in just over 3 miles. The good news is that the bulk of the strenuous climbing takes place at the beginning. Switchback trails lead hikers ever higher through the forest until (cue the music) you break out of the woods onto a glorious mountain meadow. The remaining trail to the summit traverses these meadows, which are, as of this writing, in full bloom with bright, yellow flowers.
It gets better. From the summit, hikers are treated to stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge, Mount St. Helens, and majestic Mt. Hood. Simply glorious.
Hikers will want day packs full of water and food. The round trip hike to the summit of Dog Mountain should take approximately 5.5 hours, but you’ll want to allow plenty of time to admire both the wildflowers and the view. It’s best to plan for an all day outing.
The trailhead for Dog Mountain is less than 15 minutes from our Columbia River Gorge Cabins. Sleep late, drink copious amounts of freshly brewed coffee with your breakfast, and then head east along Washington Highway 14 until you see signs for Dog Mountain, between mileposts 53 and 54.
Guests of our Hood River Cabins are always thankful for the hot tubs, for nothing eases sore muscles quite like a warm soak. After that, a bottle of wine, a loaf of bread, cheeses, salami, and fruit … perfect. Enjoy the feast on the porch of your private cabin as you watch the sun set over the Cascade Mountains.