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Dog Mountain Long Loop Trail [CLOSED] is a 6.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Stevenson, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.8 mi Elevation gain 2,834 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Over grown Closed Fee
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Note: as of September 2020, trails in this area are closed due to wildfire. See park page for more information. A great way to do Dog Mountain (a little longer, but worth it). The trail is in fantastic condition. The most spectacular wildflower meadows of the Columbia Gorge drape the alp-like slopes of Dog Mountain, north of the Columbia River in Washington. in May and June these hills are alive yellow balsamrot, red paintbrush and blue lupine. Even flowerless seasons provide breathtaking views of the Columbia Gorge. Such beauty has made the steep climb popular, but with three trails to the top, you can choose your route. Permits are required on Saturdays & Sundays March 31 - July 1 for each individual hiker. Permits are not available at the trailhead but can be purchased online. You can also save the parking challenge and take the shuttle from Skamania County Fairgrounds on the weekends for $2.00 and this includes your day pass to hike. $5/vehicle/day at Dog Mountain Trailhead

It gets busy at the Dog Mountain trailhead. There are bathrooms.

It's an incredibly popular destination and easy to find. Directions abound.

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Henry Tracy
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful views with a sweat!

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Melisa Ljuca
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Bill Theis
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Hiking

Beautiful loop trail. Augspurger trail starts left of the Dog Mountain trailhead and winds around the opposite direction. Beautiful views of the river and gorge on the way up and no crowds. Pick up Dog mountain trail after 3.4 miles. Beautiful lunch spot just before then - see pics

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Amir Guerouate
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HikingOver grown

Did this trail on a hot day. I would recommend bringing hiking poles as some parts are pretty steep although some people did do the trail without them. The views of the gorge were beautiful. Some parts on the way down were extremely overgrown. But overall besides the steep trails on the way up and some overgrown parts Dog Mountain isn't too difficult.

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Russell Weekley
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we did this loop today coming up the dog mountain long trail and down the eastern portion of dog mountain trail. The long trail definitely had the best views! when you reached the meadow area the hillside was very steep and path is narrow, but we did not feel unsafe. It was cloudy today and windy, but the wind was very strong on the long trail. Our fingers even started feeling numb from the cold and extreme wind. the return trail was not nearly as windy but was a tough descent anyway. The little short section (.1 miles maybe) at the top to go to the actual peak is so overgrown you cant hardly get there and is not worth the effort. Wear pants and a jacket have something for your ears if it is a windy day.

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Chen Scanlon
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Amar Dhamdhere
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Hiking

Extremely windy at the top but as always a beautiful hike. We started at 7:00 am and were the 2nd car in the parking lot :)

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Connor Atwood
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Hiking

Trail is currently closed due to Covid 19

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Derek Kyostia
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Hiking

Short and sweet pump. Pick your day, crowds can be contagious. Take the long way home and stretch out those quads you nuked on the way up!

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Eriq Nelson
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Moshe Shtilman
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Bring sticks for the icy part! Great hike

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Jean Barrett Jaiswal
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Hiking

what an amazing, if steep, trail to see such an incredible forest. I can never get tired of these trees on the trail. then the view by puppy point was just great. so many more shadows from the lower sun angle. a very different look and feel than the summer time.

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AllTrails User
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RunningFeeRocky

for a trail run go counterclockwise. descent more runnable on the west side though there a bunch of patches of scree

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Jon Himes
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Holly Mowery
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As an experienced hiker, this trail was definitely challenging! Completed today (Thursday 9/5) in under 4 hrs with many breaks due to my dog, heat and well...the incline. Views were definitely worth it even for it being considered its off season. Arrived at the parking lot at 9 am amd only 3 other cars, very quiet day on this trail. Very dry and rocky, wish I took my Trek piles. Did the most difficult trail up and caught the lesser on the descent. However, the heat was picking up so the partial shade was a drawback. Just moved to Oregon and this was on my radar last year while on vacation. While I'm sure it's spectacular during wildflow season, I can't imagine I'll want to tackle this again.

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Mohamed Kabli
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Hiking

great hike. two hours up, and two hours down.

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Siddanagouda Sankanagouda
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One of the best trail!

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Jeffrey Guthmiller
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Fantastic! I didn’t end up doing the long trail; ran out of daylight

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tabitha hindley
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Great hike. Definitely hard....mostly up hill. Coming down can be hard on the knees. Brought our small dog and she did fine. She definitely needed a few water breaks and snacks. A few overgrown areas, but not bad. Would definitely do it again!

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Angela C
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Rory Schinkelwitz
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I did this hike about a year ago with an exchange student from Germany who was like 7 percent body fat. I was panting within the first 10 minutes, but he was fine the whole way up. I definitely wasn’t prepared for this hike, but I’m so glad I completed this hike. This hike is completely uphill with very little flat ground until you reach the summit. I would recommend this hike to anyone because it’s a great challenge and the view from the top is very beautiful. The trailhead is marked very well and when I went we got there around 9 in the morning. The parking lot had at least 10-15 cars but when we got on the trail we didn’t see or pass anyone until the top, which I really liked. Bring lots of water, snacks, and a good pair of hiking boots for this trail.

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k h
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BEAR sighting! Hiked up Augspurger Sunday (06/09) early evening to avoid crowds. At the last switchback I heard a loud rustling. Assumed it was a deer or coyote until it stood up and faced me. Couldn’t believe it was a black bear! He stared at me and sniffed the air for a long while, so I decided to turn around instead of aggravating him by crossing his path again when I looped around the last switchback, since he headed in that direction. Some black bears startle, but he didn’t. Glad I had my bear spray, out and ready! It was pretty thrilling but a good reminder that it truly is wild deep in those woods, even just 1/2 mile away from such big crowds on Dog Mtn.

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IRENE GARCIA
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this was a very fun and HARD hike! Take plenty of water and many breaks as needed. I will take this hike again. Trail parking was not horrible this past weekend but we still took the shuttle that is (2$ round trip with a bracelet) and there was plenty of signs to help you get to the shuttle. Enjoy this hike

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Vitaliy Holovey
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Hiking

Best hike for wild flowers

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