Dog Mountain Hike
|In This Guide|
|Distance||6.2 miles (10 km)|
|Hike Time||3:30 Hours (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||2,850 feet (869m)|
|Highest Elevation||2,949 feet (899m)|
|Fees & Permits||Parking Fee|
|Park Contact||Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area|
The Dog Mountain hike is short, steep, and offers great payoffs at every bend. Dog Mountain rises prominently above the Columbia River Gorge, giving hikers panoramic views of the Gorge, the Columbia River, and on a clear day the Cascades high peaks like Mt. Hood. In the late spring, the higher parts of Dog Mountain are covered in wildflowers, making for some great photo opportunities. If you’re looking for a Columbia River Gorge hike that has the views, this is your move.
Getting to the Dog Mountain Hike
Use this trailhead address: Dog Mountain Trail, WA-14, Cook, WA 98605.
This hike can be extremely popular, so make sure you arrive early.
You need a parking pass. I use the affordable National Parks Pass, which gets me in every park, monument, and national forest. Otherwise buy a Northwest Forest Pass at a ranger station, REI, or in some local shops.
Gear for the Hike
I recommend hiking gear for Dog Mountain, but you could probably get away with fitness clothes too. Long pants will ensure that you don’t brush your skin against poison oak. And bring some extra layers for the upper slopes, it can get windy and cold.
Here’s the gear that I personally use, have tested, and recommend for this hike*.
My best lightweight pack for hikes between 3-10+ hours. I use mine with the 3L water bladder from Osprey.
You can text, SOS, and get weather in the backcountry where your cell phone doesn’t work. Literally a life-saver.
Modern materials mean you get the protection of a traditional hiking boot (waterproof, etc.) with feel of a sneaker.
If you’re not using poles yet, you should be. This model takes a beating, is light, and is super comfortable.
I use a light inner toe sock and then a top-quality outer sock to prevent blisters.
Probars are great: no preservatives, vegan, low-GI, compact, and tasty. Put good fuel in your body.
If you’re hiking in the backcountry it makes sense to have a decent emergency kit and some basic gear to spend the night in a pinch.Full HikingGuy Gear List
* No company pays me to promote or push a product, all the gear you see here is gear I use and recommend. If you click an REI link and buy gear, I get a small commission that helps offset website expenses. There is no cost to you.
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Dog Mountain Trail Maps
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Dog Mountain Hike Directions
Did something change on this hike? If so, please contact me and let me know. I'll update the guide.