Dog Mountain Trail

HARD 377 reviews

Dog Mountain Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Home Valley, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2706 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

A straight and steady leg-burner of a hike with some nice payoff up-top.

1 day ago

Any season, this hike is great.

hiking
6 days ago

Very cold and windy on top, wear windproof clothing with hat and face protection. Microspikes would have been helpful, also. It's a straight up climb and a knee buster coming down. Trekking poles were a must for me.

hiking
11 days ago

This is defiantly a hard hike! Ass kicker the whole way up but so worth it. Amazing views but it was COLD at the top. Snow on the trees and hard wind blowing this time of year.

hiking
17 days ago

Difficult, a challenge, but really worth the view and experience. Hurt my legs coming down just wear good hiking shoes

19 days ago

Hard on the knees coming down. Great views up top.

hiking
1 month ago

Best in the Spring. The balsam Root flowers blanket the hill sides. We saw over 30 different varieties of wildflowers in June. Make sure you take a jacket for the top. It's windy and chilly.

3 months ago

Incredible views from the summit, well worth the strenuous hike. Hiking poles recommended, it is a steep climb the entire hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Left at the fork for an easier route, right for a tougher for one.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. Steep but worth the views. No wildflowers right now but lots of little snakes, lizards and ground squirrels.
Bring lots of water, good boots and hiking poles are recommended.
Need to be in shape for this hike as it is strenuous.

hiking
4 months ago

The wildflowers where in full force when my partner and I went up in June. One of my favorite hikes in the Portland Metro area. Heavily trafficked so be prepared to share your experience but well worth it.

hiking
4 months ago

Great views for such a short hike.

4 months ago

Extremely steep hike and hard on my legs but the view was well worth it! Definitely will be back soon!

hiking
4 months ago

Second time doing Dog Mt. as a trainer for an Adams summit in a few weeks (been roaming between steep trails in the gorge). The first time really winded me, but going around again it was much easier and I was up and down in 2:45.

The top, while nicer views at this time of the year (no clouds) unfortunately didn't have the wildflowers of early June.

Start early or on a weekday to avoid the crowds, and for a bigger challenge take the steep route (to your left at the fork) about 1 mile in.

4 months ago

Great hike that lives up to the hype even when done out of season. Not overly difficult with multiple routes and views. Highly recommended but as stated many times, go early to beat the crowds

5 months ago

Beautiful hike! I would recommend getting there as early as possible to avoid heavy traffic and to be there when it's not so hot. Also to start on the steep trail going up and the gradual one going down. It gets very windy at the top, but the views are some of the best in the Gorge of Helens.

5 months ago

The view was spectacular. The end of June saw outstanding fields of wild flowers.

5 months ago

Great hike with awesome views.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice little day hike. Kind of a steep stretch there, but worth it. Great view, and places to relax before heading back down. Despite the name, avoid bringing dogs there are a lot of ticks.

hiking
5 months ago

Wow. It was quite the trek up there. It was about 3.6 miles up and 2900 feet in elevation. I was burned out pretty good and it took me about 1.5 hours to get up. The scenic payout on top was well worth it. Absolutely stunning with the views of the Columbia River, with the wildflowers everywhere. I highly recommend this hike but I advise folks who are not in great cardio shape to maybe choose another hike as it will be very difficult if you're not in pretty decent shape. Enjoy!

5 months ago

Nice hike. Unfortunately went to late in the season to see that beautiful colors below the peak and at top was buried in a cloud so the full view was obscured. Still highly recommend this hike if you can get out early and beat the crowds

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