Dog Mountain Spring Hike

Take a challenging hike in the Columbia Gorge and be rewarded by beautiful scenic vistas, wildflowers, and lush forest.

Difficulty: Difficult/Strenuous
Distance: 7 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet
Leader: Jonathan Jelen
Location: Columbia River Gorge (carpools depart from Portland)

This challenging hike in the Columbia Gorge takes you up a steep trail on the Washington side of the river. From there, hikers are rewarded with scenic views of Oregon’s Mark O. Hatfield/Mount Hood Wilderness. The top of Dog Mountain is due north of the "Gorge Face" unit of the Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness.

Hopefully, our hike will perfectly coincide with the peak of wildflowers atop Dog Mountain’s meadow. We’ll climb through a lush forest and then be rewarded to great panoramic views of the Gorge and wildflowers galore! Not for the faint of heart, but sometimes you've got to hike high and hard to see the splendor on the Oregon side of the Columbia.

If you’ve got ambitious summer hiking goals, Dog Mountain is a great training hike!

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Dog Mountain Wildflowers photo by Erik Fernandez.