Dog Mountain Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Home Valley, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A straight and steady leg-burner of a hike with some nice payoff up-top.
Great day hike, but this is not for someone new to hiking. Highly recommend going when the wild flowers bloom - normally early spring. Great views and a great workout!
I highly recommend this trail when the flowers are in bloom, but the views are still beautiful either way.
Great view with a steep hike. Took me 1 hr 45 mins to get to the top and it was worth all the sweat! You get almost a mile into the trail and then it splits with one trail going 2.2 miles to the left and one that goes 2.6 miles to the right. They meet up later on. I went to the right on the 2.6mile trail on the way up. It's just as steep as the beginning with no flat spots. However there is a pretty nice little viewpoint along the trail with a bench. Once you get back to where the trails meet up again is when you get into the really steep stuff. Plenty of spots along the way to take a break. View is well worth it once you're up there in the open. I went at the end of summer and the flowers were nonexistent due to the lack of water. I can imagine that the view would be twice as good if you went earlier in the year. But I was still very pleased with the view. Parking lot had more cars than people so I'm assuming they were doing other trails at this trailhead.
Not too crowded. Steep incline! Beautiful views at top. Closer to 7.5 miles round trip.
Beautiful and challenging day hike. Go in April for the wildflowers!
One of my favorites
Took about 2 hours and 40ish mins up and down to a beautiful view point but well worth the view when I got there and along the way! Met some wonderful people on the trail too!
Beautiful views! It was very windy once we got out of the forest and into the open space closer to the top. But it worth it! Was there in May.
Nice workout and hike. It was cloudy at the top, but worth the effort.
I worked my butt off getting up this hill! Definitely a hard one but worth every bit when you make it to the top. Beware of lil rocks on your way down, they get a bit slippery! Take lots of water as well!
Definitely a hard hike. Take lots of water!! So worth it when you get to the top! Worth all the pain :)
It's a leg killer.
This is a great trail to hike, especially during the spring and early summer due to the beautiful flowers. There are several routes to the summit but all routes give you a nice workout. Your time on this trail serves as a benchmark or standard to measure your conditioning before going off on other bigger adventures. For example if you can carry 20-25 pounds on your back and summit in 2 hours or less you are doing well and ready to tackle bigger mountains. To date my best effort has been 55 minutes to the top and 25 minutes down for a total time of 1:20. The goals are to have fun and enjoy our journey. This mountain will give you both. The view on a clear day of Mt St Helens, the Gorge, and Mt Hood is nice too.
This is my favorite Gorge hike in the spring. Not an easy hike as it has a reasonably steep pitch, but once you clear the trees it opens up to wild flowers that fill the mountain. It's a must see in the spring!