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1 hour ago

This place gets amazinger and amazinger. Great hike up a steep trail to some beautiful scenery. Views of Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and the Columbia River Gorge. Parking cost $5, so have cash or your smartphone to pay. Restrooms 100’ up from the trailhead. Very dog friendly. Quite a lot of foot traffic for such a difficult trail.

This hike is easy and would be perfect for trailrunning and is wheelchair friendly. lots of beautiful cliffs, rocks and wildflowers.

my only complaint is the large amount of garbage- broken beer bottles, trash, cig butts and dog crap. It's so much and honestly kind of killed the vibe.

04/22/2018-The trail is in excellent shape. Right after you step off the pedestrian bridge onto the trail, take the first trail to your right. This will take you on the trail nearest the river bank which is the prettiest part of the hike. Instead of doing the loop, I’d hike along the river 2.5 miles to Gate 35, turn around and hike back the same way. If you do the loop, half the hike is on the Centennial Trail (boring). If you do this hike as an up and back, you get to see the prettiest parts twice. Watch for Ospreys in the trees along the river as you hike.

hiking
2 days ago

Great views on top.

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked 4/20/18...sunny day, a few wildflowers out but the full wildflower bloom is probably a few weeks out. Route: up Dog Mountain Trail, down Augspurger and clocked about 10 miles total.

Remember, no dogs!

Easy trail with great views of the river. Good birdwatching, too.

Beautiful views of Spokane along the loop. Some parts were a little “swampy” from all the rain, but we had fun dodging them.

If you are looking for the big waterfall, you won’t find it on the loop. It’s down in the southern part of the park off Trail 107. There is a big park map in the parking area that will show you how to get there.

Urban oasis. Expect fellow hikers, beautiful spots overlooking the river!

hiking
18 days ago

Great views along the river and from the suspension bridge...

When reaching the trailhead you have the option of hard or harder, I took the hard path. Awesome hike in spring, lots of flowers blooming and at least when I went the winds were really tame. It’s a quad burner for sure with the incline and maybe not the best if you have any knee issues. Views are awesome, great view of the Oregon side of the gorge. Great for people with energetic dogs that feed off off exercise. All in all a great hike that left me a little sore a couple days after. Be aware that due to last year’s fires, many gorge trails are still closed making hike options limited, might want to get up early.

hiking
20 days ago

Did this April second and the flowers are just starting to pop up in some places but nothing crazy yet. Will be returning to repeat this hike in about a month to see all the flowers.

Took the dog mountain shuttle from Skamania Fairgrounds parking lot on Rock Creek Drive. I got the first shuttle out at 730 am. Ride to the trailhead was about 15 min. When u pay your $2 for the shuttle your wristband serves as a hiking permit. When we got there there were several park rangers strictly enforcing the new permit rules. Many were turned away.
I took the “more difficult” segment of dog mountain trail up and Augsberger trail down. Took me 3.5 hrs. I had solitude most of the time with the exception of the top.
Great views of Hood and St. Helens. There were some small yellow flowers up at the top and the lower trees were just starting to bloom. Will have to come back when the wildflowers are in full swing. Beautiful moss laden Forest for most of the hike.

Excellent for running, biking and hiking. You have the Indian Canyon Golf Course along the trail if you head south, on this trek you also come across quit a few waterfalls and little ponds of water hidden in the rocks.

on Dog Mountain Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it!! Went today by myself and beat the crowd... not much people during the week, especially early morning!! Took me 1.5 hours to go up there, pretty decent pace. Not too difficult if you're in shape!! I would say moderate for me... Also no more snow! Definitely will be back when it's spring

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for beginners like me! Clean and fresh air. No dog poop.

hiking
1 month ago

My first day of training for the Mount Marathon race in Seward AK! I am using Dog Mtn as my training mountain since its the only thing that comes remotely close to the race- which is 3022 feel climb in 1.22 miles- YIKES! Got to the top and down in 1 hr 35 minutes! Its always so awesome seeing so many people getting up this mountain! Gorgeous views and snow at the top!

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike have been wanting to do for while. Last mile is the hardest! ;)) Have fun!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Don't bring your dog unless they're in good shape, ours barely made it down! Apparently we net to get her on a treadmill lol. Fantastic views at the top, definitely a challenge with a ton of steep inclines, the lookout point halfway up was a lifesaver

hiking
1 month ago

Some sick views! Super hard trail to get up and really killed the knees goin down. I had lunch at the top and loved seeing all the dogs people brought

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views. I enjoy the 'difficult' trail more than 'more difficult'. There is still snow at the top so wear good shoes and be prepared. Love this one!

hiking
1 month ago

Forever a favorite hike of mine. I love the intensity and the peacefulness at the summit. I seem to always do this hike when I need a reminder to be grateful for the little things. Gorgeous weather today and so many friendly faces!

It's a good little trail. We saw eagles, hawks, ducks and geese. There is a log across the trail but it wasn't hard to cross.

Beautiful views of spokane and a great short 3 mile hike!

Great hike. If taking dogs be warned ticks are out in full force. Pulled about 20 ticks off my two dogs and they are regularly treated. Super windy and cold at top but views were amazing like always.

My heels never touched the ground.... be prepared to sweat! Awesome!

on Dog Mountain Trail

2 months ago

Loved this hike. It did have some steep inclines but nothing I couldn’t do, I did end up getting a stick to help my legs. Once we got to the very top we had amazing views but unfortunately the wind was blowing so hard and it was making us so cold we couldn’t stay for long. Coming back down wasn’t as challenging as I expected but it did wear on my knees. Next time I will at least have a snack at the top to fuel my descend.

Be sure to bring a jacket, gloves and something to cover your ears the wind was crazy cold.

Oh and it was a beautiful February day with no rain and the sun was shining

Loved it.

great spot, easy to find. if you go right now (jan.) you might want to bring microspikes. the trail is iced over completely.
will be back when we get fresh snow to go snowshoeing

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