Dog Mountain Trail is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Bingen, Washington that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.5 miElevation gain2,988 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsRunningForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeFee
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The Dog Mountain Trail is one of the most challenging hikes within the Portland Metro area or Columbia River Gorge area. Essentially a straight and steady leg-burner of a route with some nice view payoffs up-top, this trail is also one of the more popular hikes for all user types, since there are two options to complete it - difficult or more difficult. This trail features a variety of landscapes and flora profiles, which makes this area special within the Columbia River Gorge. Close to the parking lot and trailhead, users will enjoy a mix of temperate and high-desert flora, which makes this area quite hot and arid during the summer months. As the trail climbs through the mountain, the climate cools and the landscape becomes more traditionally Pacific-Northwest, with plenty of large moss-covered trees, and little sun, which is a nice treat when attempting this hike on a hot summer day. Then, the trail makes its way to higher elevations of floral meadow, which is open to the extreme winter weather of rain and snow, and hot summer sun. During the spring, this meadow is a beautiful place to emerge from the dense forest, as the warm spring sun allows for stunning wildflowers and views of nearby snow-capped mountains. The trail does get thinner and more challenging as it climbs, so following the marked loop on the AllTrails map is the best way to enjoy different stunning views, while also ensuring that other users have plenty of space to enjoy the trail, too. Near the top, the trail does get quite steep and travels near edges, so users with small children should practice caution since it can be very windy. Once users arrive at the summit, there is plenty of space to sit, rest, and enjoy the views. During summer, this trail is also a favorite location for users to enjoy sunset, since there are amazing views in most directions. Users should also bring plenty of water, since even experienced hikers have noted that the climb hits harder than they had thought it would. The parking area costs $5 per vehicle at Dog Mountain trailhead, year round. America the Beautiful Access Passes (the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass) are accepted here. There are a limited number of spots available, so users recommend arriving early. Permits are required to hike on weekends during peak wildflower season: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/crgnsa/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=29902&actid=50

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Mount Adams Ranger District 2455 Highway 141 Trout Lake, WA 98650 Tel: 509.395.3400

From Vancouver, drive east on Highway 14 to Mile Marker 53 and the signed trailhead. From Portland, take highway 84 to the Bridge of the Gods. Turn left on Highway 14 (east) until mile marker 53.

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delfinsito Ord
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Nice, not as hard, only steep and rocky if you take the “hard path”

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BayLeafs Thyme
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Nice trail and fantastic view of the Gorge, Hood, and St.Helens. I hiked clockwise. The “more difficult trail” is steeper but glad I didn’t have to hike back down that way. Trekking poles definitely helped a ton. Was warm and exposed on the summit and from the last switchback before puppy dog point. Not too windy at the top. For a Sunday there was a few parking spaces left at 12:30pm. Maybe like a week or so for wildflowers, not quite blooming yet.

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Sid Bruckert-Frisk
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Beautiful views a little early for wildflowers!

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Matt Winnett
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beautiful hike tons of fantastic views

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Christina Markin
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Trailhead has parking enough for 50+ vehicles, including handicap parking (although I would not recommend this trail for handicap nor young children as it is very steep in a short distance and there are steep drop offs on narrow trails in some areas.) Vaulted Toilet available a short distance up the trail, not sure if it is open. You must have a NW forrest pass ($30/yr), America the beautiful pass ($80/yr) or pay $5.00 (there is a fee pay box available at TH). Dogs are welcome, but must be on leash. When I arrived at 3:45am there was no one else in the parking lot, when we got back to the TH after our hike at 10:45am the parking lot was 1/4 full. We saw only 3 people and a dog on the trail. We had the first viewpoint and Summit to ourselves. 2nd time hiking this one, visited Monday 4/5/21. 6.81 miles w/2840ft elevation gain. It was very cold up top 26 degrees, not including wind chill. We took the difficult trail up and Augspurger down. No views at the summit, but we witnessed a stunning sunrise from the first viewpoint. Flowers are just starting to pop.

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Kyler Borden
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4/8/21 Great hike. I took the “more difficult” route up, which was a test to the legs in the sheer steepness but managed no problem without poles. Took the normal or “less difficult” route down which provided more views but seemed longer and more steady in incline. Not too many people at the trailhead at 10am, but was about 2/3 full by the time I got back. You need a highway pass, not discover pass, or can pay the $5 at trailhead. I found that the very top was a little anticlimactic. The “puppy dog point” had more panoramic views. From that point up, winds were strong and very cold. Make sure to bring extra layers even if it seems nice at the parking lot.

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Soo Baek
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Kicked my ass!

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Elizabeth Ljubetic
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Took the “most difficult” way up and came down the “difficult.” It was a great day out there, just REALLY windy as soon as the trail opens up in the last 1 mile. Wildflowers are not out yet, but always a great hike!

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Deepak Verma
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As always, amazing trail with breathtaking views of the gorge. The last 1 mile is a little too steep, but otherwise rest of the trail is fairly easy. We recently vlogged this hike on our youtube channel. Search for “dog mountain hike forever hum”.

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Isabella Meier
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Beautiful hike with amazing views but be cautious of ticks. I pulled one out of my boyfriends stomach after this hike. Don’t put your backpack on the ground or sit and check yourself and pets after the hike.

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Jake Fredrich
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Very fun trail and very challenging. I took the more difficult route up and took Augspurger trail back. The view was amazing and the temperature dropped immediately after passing the forested part of the trail. Hiking poles helped a ton!

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Maddix Vickers
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Great trail. It was a beautiful day. I started early and there were quite a few people on the trail. It is a steady incline hard incline. It’s worth it, once you get to the summit and see Mount Saint Helens and the tip of Mount hood. Great views overall!

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Larry Asakura
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How are people running this trail?! Lol I need to get into better shape as I took the “harder trail” to the right and it was brutal. Pretty much straight up with only a handful of places where it leveled out or went slightly downhill. Today was amazing as it was sunny and not a lot of people there at the summit (7 ppl total). Unfortunately no wildflowers quite yet but guessing it’ll be amazing soon. Gonna have to do this hike again!

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Nicole Nikolas
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Completed this today 3/31 and started around 11am. There was plenty of parking and a Discovery Pass is needed or you will pay a fee. This was a very tough hike from the get go with very few spots that even out. It’s just all uphill and very unforgiving. The trail conditions were great and the weather today made the views worth all of the sweat, heavy breathing and internal pep talks to make it to the top. Some points were windy but honestly couldn’t have asked for better weather and hiking conditions. Lots of people on the trail with 50/50 wearing masks but everyone was super friendly and just happy to be outside. Some wildflowers are popping through but in a few weeks I’m sure there will be plenty more. The hike down is just as tough on the knees, quads and toes but happy to have finally completed this trail.

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Peter Arteaga
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Elise & Dylan
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9am on Tues 3/30, took the easier trail w/ views (on the right) upward and the Augsperger Trail down (adds about a mile but people say it is easier being less steep--this is "Dog Mtn Long Loop" on AllTrails). Windy. Gloves necessary--layer up! Muddy (frozen sleet trees, melting slush) after Puppy Point. Steady uphill. Steepest near the top starting at the "Dog Mtn 1 mile" sign. Awesome view is worth it--more than 180° view of gorge. Bit of packed-down snow on back side (Augsperger Trail) for a mile or so. Lovely after that with less wind. Saw no flowers but will probably be five stars when in bloom!

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Heath Jones
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Difficult hike with no real breaks. I did not expect the wind to be so strong above the tree line and almost turned around.The summit views are amazing and made the tough climb worth it.

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Brooke O’Connor
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The views are unreal, but the muscles burning in your body isn’t! Definitely want to go back in the spring to see the wildflowers. After that, I’ll probably be okay with not doing that one again, it’s a tough one!!!

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Kyle Eldridge
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Johnny N
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Windy at the top. Great elevation training!

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Shantelle A
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Great views, but very steep. We opted for the “difficult” route rather than the “more difficult” one. A calf burner for sure! At the very top, you can see Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Adams. Hard on the knees on the way down. Some flowers have started to come out, but it’s still pretty early for them.

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Dianna Garnica
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Good amount of space for parking! The trails were well maintained and it was definitely a hard one but it was so worth it! The views are amazing and will definitely come back

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Justin Johnson
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Kevin Macksamie
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Great hike with a steady incline the whole way, and it's very dog friendly. We went up Augspurger Trail then down the inner Dog Mountain Trail. We only saw 3 people on Augspurger Trail. We didn't venture up Augspurger Mtn as a woman who came down from it told us that there was still 3 feet of snow on its ascent. It was nice and chilly on the top parts of the hike. A light jacket was enough to keep me warm while moving.

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Israel Arellano
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Amazing views from the top.

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Eldo Bri
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Buggy

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Wendy Chamberlain
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The weather at the top was WILD. So windy, so dark and cloudy I could barely see. So beautiful!

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Tim Fettkether
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Beautiful day. Trail is in good shape. No snow.

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