Dalles Mountain Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews

Dalles Mountain Trail is a 10.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lyle, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from February until November.

DISTANCE
10.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2454 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

no dogs

It is a 2.5 mile out and back blocked gravel road. The entire route has view of the River and Oregon. During the right time of year the hill side is littered with wild flowers. The road worms its way up to several radio towers which kind of kills the natural scenery. If feeling adventurous you may walk along the spine of Dalles Mountain, which does not look like it has any fences or boundaries.

4 months ago

May is the best time to go.

trail running
4 months ago

For some reason I was expecting single track, but this is a gravel road. Still, the road is nice and hardly trafficked at all, at least on a weekday afternoon. Steep uphill first four miles till you reach the communication towers at the ridge. spectacular and unexpected view of Mt Adams to the north. Road more or less flat for next 3/4 mile or so. Then, at the final comms tower, the road disappears and you follow a barely visible truck track downhill. Based on the map, I had planned to go until the red-marked GPS route on the map ends, then pick up another trail marked on the map going downhill, connect with Oak Creek Rd and Dalles Mtn Road, and loop back to the parking lot. But the trail completely ends where the red-marked GPS route ends on the map. there's a fence there, and the faint truck trail disappears. One could theoretically bound straight downhill and use GPS on a phone or something to figure it out, but that seemed a little reckless to me. At that point you're at about 6 miles, so I retraced my route back the way I came. about 13 miles overall -- I did an extra back and forth on top of the ridge to enjoy the view. took me about 2.5 hours all told, fast downhill on the nice gravel road compensated for the slow climb. Views are really nice, and the brush and treeless scenery was a nice change from the right forests of my recent Gorge outings. still wildflowers to see, late-May. Watch the wind, take a jacket if it's windy. You get sweaty climbing then it gets cold at 3500 feet with no cover from the wind.

4 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

I loved this hike. It was so beautiful with Mt hood and Mt Jefferson views. The wild flowers were so pretty. I loved that this hike was easier than Dog Mt. For me just the right amount of challenge.

6 months ago

hiking
Sunday, April 10, 2016

Small climb up a gravel road with nice wild flowers along the way.

hiking
Friday, September 04, 2015

Perhaps one of the two most spectacular views in the Gorge, the other being from the top of Dog Mountain. It's 2800 feet at the top where the FAA beacon is, which is just about as high as the highest point on Dog Mountain. From that point you can walk around the perimeter of the FAA site and see in all directions. To the south is The Dalles and the rolling fields and farmland. To the north is what's on the other side of Dalles Mountain, which is High Prairie, Swale Canyon, and off to the distance are Goldendale and Mount Adams.

When I was there was no one else around so I had the entire mountain to myself. It was a very hazy day due to the large fire just north of Glennwood.

hiking
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Did this hike with my four kids. It works well as a family hike. The smallest legs were fading by the time we got to the plateau.

A couple things to note... Discover Pass is required. There is a new sign which says 'no pets' next to no horseback riding. We drove a couple hours with the dog in the car... big gravel road of a trail...we just took him on a leash, but thought I would mention for others.

Wildflowers were still awesome at the top even though they were not at the bottom!

hiking
Saturday, May 03, 2014

This was a nice, scenic hike and the balsam root flowers (the yellow ones) are out. You can get a great view of the gorge and it is very open the entire way. My only complaint is that there is nowhere to go to the bathroom, as it is open the entire way. No trees, this is not your forest hike. It wasn't too challenging, so if you are the type that enjoys a Dog mountain or Defiance hike you will not get that from this. If you are that type, go do something else beforehand and wear yourself out so that you can really enjoy this.

hiking
Saturday, May 03, 2014

This was a nice, scenic hike and the balsam root flowers (the yellow ones) are out. You can get a great view of the gorge and it is very open the entire way. My only complaint is that there is nowhere to go to the bathroom, as it is open the entire way. No trees, this is not your forest hike. It wasn't too challenging, so if you are the type that enjoys a Dog mountain or Defiance hike you will not get that from this. If you are that type, go do something else beforehand and wear yourself out so that you can really enjoy this.

hiking
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

This is probably my favorite hike in the whole east Gorge. The terrain is open and the views are outstanding. Best of all, though, is the wildflower display from March to May. It's incredible even in a down year. This year was spectacular. Best of all? There are almost no crowds. If you come after the wildflowers you probably won't see anybody.

This place is awesome!

walking
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Off of Highway 14 the road turns to a well maintained gravel road. The trail actually starts a ways up the road where the locked gait is. There is plenty of parking for at least 10 cars. The trail up there is just as the road you drove on, maintained gravel. The elevation grade is is very consistent to the point of boring. I only headed up to the highest point of the trail, due to the lack of trees and the terrain of the area it can get really windy up there with no where to hide. On the bright side at the top you can see both the north side of the hill and the river, so the views are excellent. Also its a protected area so there are fields of flowers to frolic through.

hiking
Friday, September 14, 2012

It was a good little hike around. Found some apple trees. Fairly open most of the time. No one else was around so we were able to
Let our dogs roam. Small creek/waterfall quick into the hike.