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I hiked it last week. Amazing hike! Pretty steep at some points, a great workout for the heart.
My Fitbit recorded 6.75 miles in 3.5 hours round trip. Gorgeous views halfway up and towards the top. It got rainy and windy toward to the summit so bring layers as you’ll never know what awaits you. -:)
Even if you don’t see much because the clouds roll in it feels very rewarding to hike to the top.
I will keep hiking it to keep me in shape.

Happy hiking! Cheers!

Having on two previous occasions hiked Mount Defiance and Dog Mountain each on the same day, I decided to attempt a triple ... Defiance once and Dog twice.
August 31, 2018
7:20 a.m. start up Mount Defiance (Trail #413 out and back)
10:19 a.m. summit 1
12:57 p.m. down
1:44 p.m. start up Dog Mountain (1st loop, Augspurger Trail to Dog Mt Trail)
3:24 p.m. summit 2
4:31 p.m. down
4:48 p.m. start up Dog Mountain (2nd loop, Augspurger Trail to Dog Mt Trail)
6:43 p.m. summit 3
7:53 p.m. down and done
25.4 miles, 10,440 elevation gain/loss, 11 hours, 6 minutes total hike time
23rd time up Mount Defiance, 95th & 96th time up Dog Mountain

Nice trail, beautiful day and very few people (it’s a Tuesday). Saw an Osprey and enjoyed the many side trails.

As mentioned previously, lots of options as far as trails to the top. Easy access to parking and a restroom at the lookout. looking forward to spending time there this winter.

Hard hike the whole way up but amazing views the whole time!

hiking
10 days ago

Chill afternoon hike, TONS of people. Had fun on all the random side trails when we could escape the crowd. There really is a path for almost everyone, and I wouldn’t mind exploring more of the offshoots.

trail running
11 days ago

Trail is very well groomed - there are some rocky sections at the beginning and end but nothing significant. Basically the entire trail is runnable if you can handle the steep inclines. Beautiful views. A NW Forest Pass ($30 per year and valid all over the PNW for many, but not all trails) is sufficient to avoid the $5 parking fee. Make sure to get permit in advance during the summer because they run out quickly (weekends only from May-July due to increased interest subsequent to Eagle Creek Fire).

Well maintained road. Good for families. Along the drive, there are numerous hiking trails with ranging difficulty levels.

hiking
16 days ago

Continuous climb from the parking lot. $5 parking fee. Spectacular views from the top. Lots of people. Absolutely beautiful!

hiking
17 days ago

Man these people aren’t joking about it being difficult. Trust me. I’m not in the best of shape and it took me 3 hours to the top and 1.5 gallons of water. Beautiful sights at the top but do not underestimate this one. Now I’m laying in bed probably not able to move in the morning but it is extremely beautiful especially on a clear day. You’ve been warned!

on Dog Mountain Trail

22 days ago

all trails got this one right...it’s hard. hiked it this morning. i stayed to right and i’m glad i did. beautiful views on the way up and the views up top were awesome. the way down is just as tough. my legs were shaking at the bottom. so worth it!! saw some folks hiking in vans tennis shoes. silly kids! need lots of water on this one and snacks as well!

After about a mile you come to sign that says difficult and more difficult. Inspired by the reviews go right. There is nothing to gain by doing the more difficult. This is a hard hike with huge rewards

Lots of trails to choose from. We took a 6year old and a 12year old, both did great on the trails. There also was a main road up to the lookout that you could take, which was pretty easy. Very wet and foggy today but would have had amazing views without it. Definitely reccomend for the whole family for a nice day hike! We would go again!

hiking
25 days ago

It is definitely an butt kicker leg burner Right from the beginning. I’m in shape but I wouldn’t say conditioned for a steady incline. It took me 1.5 to get to the lookout and that was with LOTS of breather breaks every couple switchback. LOTS of picture taking as well. A total of three hours with me in my small dog. I arrived at 6:45 AM and I was the first car & the first person on the trail I didn’t see anyone until around 8 o’clock. Nothing crazy you need for this trail just water and comfortable shoes, enjoy!

Used the black Nordic trails to Nova Hut then cut over to the green trail and up to the lookout. All is well marked. Any of the trails will get you there and are well kept - much of it old roads. Trail to the lookout is pretty steep with only a few switchbacks. The lookout itself was in use so we had a quick snack and headed back. Several clean restrooms along the way. Our counters showed 6.5 miles so I imagine it depends on which series of trails you choose to use. Saw a young bull moose along Eagle Crest trail - mutually scared the bajeezus out of him and us! All in all, a nice hike. I wish the smoke had cleared. The views would have been beautiful.

Hard hike but great views as a reward. My legs were burning on the way up and the wind was pretty crazy also. Seemed more like October than August but still some pretty great views! Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists.

Amazing views

at the very peak of Mount Spokane happens to be a building which is called the Vista house during Open Season the Vista house is also open for the public to go inside usually, although I have come acrossed it once or twice when it's been all locked up during Open Season. regardless the view is phenomenal and I recommend it to anybody especially photographers and people who really appreciate nature

My favorite hike on the Columbia Gorge. Definitely a workout but the view is totally worth it!!!

hiking
1 month ago

tough hike up and down. beautiful views

Good short hike with the kids on a Friday.

great little easy hike along the river with great chance to see some wildlife

Awesome hike! We saw 7 deer, 2 owls, 1 turkey and 2 rattle snakes!!! We almost stepped on the first one on the trail, so watch your step and be watchful at dusk!! Beautiful,quiet, and fun hike!!!!

Definitely a workout on the legs and knees, but worth it. Always come prepared! It can be quite chilly and windy at the top. We took a little side trail loop on the way down - it was a nice change in scenery and much warmer.

hiking
1 month ago

Don’t be fooled by the name. I did not see one dog on Dog Mountain. It is dog friendly though, so I assume it’s a BYO situation.

The assent is hard. With a very steep incline. When the path forks go to the right of you want to really feel the burn. Better views on the left fork, but you can loop back in the opposite direction on the way down.

The peak is confused. We did go off the AT main trail to find a higher point. Views of the Gorge are pretty good. Hard trek. Recommend swimming down at Little White Salmon to freshen up on a hot day.

Tough hike with absolutely beautiful views!

Note: The Discover Pass does not work as I found out with my $5 ticket. It is $5/day or an interagency pass will work.

Nice cool shaded hike below until you start the face where you are exposed. The first mile is the toughest as far as elevation gain which doesn’t seem like it should be but it is - get past that and you will be alright :) Foliage up top was all brown and dried up so I’d recommend going earlier in the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked Dog mountain last week while vacationing in Stevenson, WA. This hike is not for the faint of heart. It’s a heart pounding climb from the first step onto the trail. You need to be in good physical shape for this hike. There is ALOT of exposure near the top so if you have a fear of heights this one might not be for you. This hike was AMAZING! It is worth every bit of hard work getting to the top....the views will leave you speechless. We were there on a Friday and there were maybe a dozen people we saw along the trail. We will definitely do this hike again.

In the heat of the summer, this trail is worth hiking if you are simply looking for a leg and cardio workout. It is popular with trail runners and folks training for races because of the steady elevation gain. However, in the spring when the flowers are blooming, it's incredibly beautiful and really worth the effort. In May there are Balsamroots galore, Indian Paintbrush, Lupines, and more (plus tons of other people). My favorite time to go is late afternoon to avoid the crowds and watch the sunset. (Bring a headlamp for the end of the trail.) This trail isn't overly difficult for avid hikers, but would be really challenging if you aren't used to long uphills. Note: you don't have to pay the $5 parking fee if you have a Discover Pass.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a leg burner up and down. Amazing views at the top.

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