Dog Mountain Trail

HARD 523 reviews

Dog Mountain Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Underwood, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2824 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

A straight and steady leg-burner of a hike with some nice payoff up-top. Permits are required on Saturdays & Sundays March 31 - July 1 for each individual hiker. $5/vehicle/day at Dog Mountain Trailhead

hiking
4 days ago

01/20/2018
Fun, popular trail. Harder than you might think, especially at the beginning. Also, the parking lot can fill up. Plus, you have to pay for parking. Lastly, this trail can get very crowded. That being said, it has great viewpoints, a spacious summit, wildflowers, and it's wide enough for people to walk side by side. Great trail when it's not peak season, or if you can get out there on a weekday.

5 days ago

was an amazing hike. Beautiful scenery

hiking
7 days ago

Very busy trail. I hiked this a couple days ago (on a Wednesday around 1130) and the parking lot was full. The wildflowers are on their way out, but still a beautiful hike. I could see the tip of Mt Hood over the ridge and St Helens at the top (it was a very clear day). I also agree with previous reviews that it's easier than Kings Mountain in Tillamook. Go early, take your time and have fun!

hiking
7 days ago

This was a great intense workout! The mountain views are fantastic! It was cold & windy at the top!

7 days ago

Beautiful hike!! Totally worth doing the more difficult trail if you are an avid hiker. The top is gorgeous but it is windy and cold. Bring layers. We went on a weekday and the parking wasn’t terrible. Amazing views!

hiking
9 days ago

Make sure you get a permit! They are serious about it. When I went a few weeks ago on a Sunday they had rangers at the base of the trail. The effort to get a permit is worth it though! Amazing wildflowers and views. Bring layers for the top and lots of water.

hiking
13 days ago

A classic Gorge trail. Word is out, and you need a parking permit to hike on weekends during the summer, but it's worth the trip. Go EARLY in the morning, or on a weekday if you can. Steep in sections near the top.

14 days ago

Difficult hike for an avid hiker. straight up hill, then straight down. I highly recommend going in mid May as the flowers are stunning.

hiking
16 days ago

Hiked May 25th. Very steep hike. Trail options are Difficult & More Difficult, both appropriately labeled, even for an avid hiker. Was sunny at the bottom of the trail & at the first viewpoint. But foggy & windy and super cold at the upper Meadows & viewpoint & summit with no view due to fog. Then sunny again at the first viewpoint when we descended. So bring a small jacket just in case of the weather change. Wildflowers made up for the lack of view. Moderate traffic on the trail. Get there early even if not on a weekend.

hiking
19 days ago

Awesome views I felt that the hike is more moderate then hard. There is always a breeze as well. Good for dogs. Really recommend!!!!

19 days ago

Great hike. Not easy, but totally worth it.

21 days ago

Beautiful hike!! I personally found it easier than King’s mountain in the Tillamook forest. The last mile is hardest, but so worth it! Very windy and cold at the top. We took the longer trail back down, which was great for our knees.

hiking
21 days ago

Calf burner! There's a sign that says "1 mile to dog mnt" and it points to a 45 degree slope for the last mile... rough but worth it at the top! Very windy up there- helped cool you down haha did the Ausperg trail down which was much less of an incline for the way down. Beautiful flowers but already wilting out

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike with a terrific reward at the top. It is not an easy pull up Dog Mtn. If one is a novice hiker, older etc., hiking poles can make all the difference. This is one of my favorite all-time hikes

hiking
21 days ago

It's a really tough hike but so worth it! So many beautiful wildflowers. Make sure you bring a jacket for the top....it can get pretty windy up there!

hiking
22 days ago

It’s no joke. It’s 3.8 miles out. Not a 6 mile round trip if you do it properly. Really fun though! Good for puppers!

23 days ago

Beautiful sites but really hard for someone that is not used to hiking or it's been a while.

hiking
25 days ago

This hike was great! It's mostly shaded until you reach the last stretch but then the wind picks up. The flowers look amazing!

26 days ago

It was pretty steep all the way up. You have a choice when you start the trail to do difficult or easy... I chose difficult up and down. It took me four hours to do. The flowers are amazing along with all the other beauty the trail has to offer. It's definitely well worth doing. I'm very sore today but glad and hope to do it again next year.

27 days ago

Beautiful in May!! Worth the tough hike!

hiking
28 days ago

Wonderful hike! Inclined at the beginning but overall, decent ascent up to the beautiful hills covered in sunflowers! Totally recommend going during the month of May for the spring bloom!

hiking
28 days ago

Extremely difficult for beginners. It took us exactly 4 hours to do the whole thing. Approximately 6.5-7 Miles. The first two and a half hours are pretty much switchbacks going straight up. Pretty tough - but so worth the view at the end. I’m still sore...3 days later! Glad I did it!

29 days ago

One of my favorites! Very steep the whole way but beautiful country. Spring wildflowers at the top

hiking
1 month ago

Incredible day with amazing views!! Definitely kick your butt hike but so worth it!!

1 month ago

Great hike. Dog friendly. Very steep.

1 month ago

Very hard hike. Worth it for the view. Make sure to either get a permit (weeks ahead of time) or go straight to the Stevenson county fair to get on the bus to take over to the hike. Last bus leaves at 4:30 PM. Hike in total took us 3.5 hours

1 month ago

Hard as heck but so rewarding. Bring a light jacket very windy. The basalm root flowers are breathtaking and the view of the gorge is nothing I’ve ever experienced. So beautiful I will be back when I get into better shape. Not easy whatsoever.

1 month ago

Beautiful flowers. If you take the “difficult” route instead of the “more difficult” one, you get a great view of flowers without having to make it to the top. However, if you are going to the top, I recommend going up the more difficult route and down the difficult one to make it a loop. It is windy at the top (I wish I had had a light jacket).

hiking
1 month ago

Easily a top 3 hike in the gorge. The pictures look amazing, but it doesn't give it justice. You NEED to come during full bloom. Highly recommend going earlier in the day to avoid the heat.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked yesterday on Mother's Day with my mom. We went up the hard way, and went back the longer less steep way. Flowers were in full bloom, and so beautiful. We got there at around 7am was temp was perfect, highly recommend but very difficult!

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