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6 days ago

Great day hike, no more wild flowers but it’s still pretty! Super Windy at the top but beautiful views of the gorge. We went up the “difficult” way and down the “more difficult” way. Both were steep

hiking
7 days ago

Awesome hike! This trail is definitely a good workout but the views are great. Didn’t expect to see Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens with the beautiful gorge in between. Can also see Mt. Adams at the top through the trees. Flowers were not in bloom when we went but the hike was still spectacular. It also meant no crowds. Easy parking and a bathroom at the start of the trail.

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11 days ago

Awesome trail. Hiked in late August, so we unfortunately missed the wild flowers. But on the bright side we only saw a couple of other hikers! No crowds with clear skies. Love the incline...definitely some work but well worth it.

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13 days ago

Good leg workout I ended up going up the trail opposite of the restrooms. Leg get a good workin It was foggy at the top but the views were still pretty good and air was crispy

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16 days ago

Great hike. You’re going to want to be in pretty good shape. Beautiful views at the top.

Great hike!

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19 days ago

Fun hike. Lots of people for Labor Day but plenty of routes to choose from so you can enjoy the paths less traveled.

Definitely one of the tougher hikes we have done in the area but well worth it. You are doing uphill switchbacks until you get to the top. Take your time and take plenty go water and snacks. Beautiful views of the Columbia!

hiking
20 days ago

Really beautiful views! Might not be the best hike for a beginner. It is steep. I went up on the trail on the left of the parking lot. This is the easier way up. The trail on the right is shorter but steeper. At a certain point it splits. Go to the right and its not as steep. Stay to the left and that is the one that has been nicknamed "The way of the Samurai". The grade is between 14-17% and really hard on bad knees coming down. ( as I found out). I recommend getting there early as parking is limited and it gets full. I arrived around 8 and saw maybe 5 people on the way up. Coming down I passed about 35 people and the parking lot was packed. Bring $5 to buy your day ticket. Little kiosk on the right front of the lot.

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22 days ago

Hiked Dog Mountain Trail on Aug 30. Read the reviews here first so left Portland around 4:30am and arrived at the trailhead parking lot around 6:30am after a stop for snacks and coffee. One car in the parking lot other than ours. Had purchased the day pass for $5 from REI in advance. Took the More Difficult fork left and was really glad I did. Gorgeous woods, well-maintained trail, really great workout. Definitely NOT for folks who are out of shape though. HARD is an accurate rating of the hike. Followed the left loop up and came down the right loop (Difficult side), and that worked really well. Many photo ops on the way down. Summited around 11am and it was like walking into the clouds. Very cool. It burned off around noon or 1'ish and had very clear and gorgeous views of the Columbia and gorge. If you're doing this in August, best to get going early as it got hot on the way down in the afternoon. We saw people doing this with no water and no trekking poles. That's just being stupid and asking for trouble. 1L water for every two hours of hiking is a good general rule of thumb. Bring a good day pack (I used the Draussen 3500 Red, lots of snacks, ample water and trekking poles are a must. They helped on the way up but once your legs are jelly after reaching the top, they really help on the way down to stabilize yourself and avoid slips and falls. Trail conditions yesterday were dry in 99% of spots, packed soil on the way up, relatively wide trail to start, narrowing to rock second half of way up. Definitely recommend this hike and plan to return again in April - June when the wildflowers are out for some great photos.

hiking
30 days ago

Amazing hike!! Definitely difficult, lots of switchbacks, huge elevation gain. There’s a split for “difficult or more difficult” and we took the difficult side — which was for sure hard enough. The views of the gorge are unbeatable. We went in mid June and had to get a pass online ahead of time, parking is available at the bottom. There were still lots of wildflowers, although I think we were towards the end of their time. Would recommend wearing hiking shoes for sure as it gets very rocky/there’s lots of loose gravel towards the top which gets risky on the way back down and I was glad to be in my boots with good traction. Totally worth your time, would recommend to everyone who is in fairly good shape, take your time and enjoy the views!

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Lovely trail from start to finish. When the path diverged into difficult and more difficult we choose the difficult and it was challenging and steep at parts but still leveled out a few times between switch backs which was helpful. Trail was so well maintained and it was more wide which made it easier to hike. We went on a very overcast day so it was hard to see much at the top but still so worth it! Would recommend this hike to anyone who enjoys a steep, adventurous hike!

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1 month ago

Just moved to the area and did this hike a few weeks ago. Great views throughout the whole trail. Really enjoyed the open trails and then meandering through the forest. Wasn’t expecting it to be so steep, but it made for a great workout.

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muddy
over grown
private property
1 month ago

Completed hiking this trail on 08/11/19. Although this is only the second time I went on “real” hiking, i’ve always been fairly active so I was able to do it. It is definitely not easy to get all the way up to the top but once you get there, the view is breathtaking! ❤️ My friend and I started the hike at 07:30AM, there was only one car in there but by the time we came back, the parking lot was full. There is a $5 fee. There is restroom there and is fairly clean. It’s a great weekend activity for me. :)

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rocky
1 month ago

Went outside of the wildflower season. Extreme stair master the whole way up. Grueling. The effort : reward ratio was somewhat unfavorable.

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1 month ago

As everyone else said, it is quite steep in some places. Definitely a cardio/leg day kind of hike! Great training area for bigger projects.

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1 month ago

We went on a Tuesday in August (not wildflower season) and got to the parking lot around 8:45. There were only about 8 cars there and tons of open spots still. It’s a steep, solid climb all the way up to the top! Not for beginner hikers. We brought poles and didn’t regret it. The hike back down the hill is slippery and having poles to stabilize is extremely helpful. My dog has picked up ticks along this trail in the past, so be warned that there are ticks here. There are no benches at the top to sit on but some nice shaded areas, though they are often claimed. Big River Grill in Stevenson is a great spot to have lunch afterward!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked to the summit on 8/2/19. Trail is well maintained and in great shape all the way to the top. There is lots of rock on the summit meadows/ ridge line part of the trail that is very loose and slippery, be careful, primarily on your descent. A walking stick or poles for this short section would be helpful. It’s a workout, no doubt!

hiking
1 month ago

Went this morning (08/04/2019 - Sunday) and arrived around 7:05 am. I was maybe the 5th car there. Since it's not wildflower season, no extra permits required. You can opt to pay for the day pass online or pay with $5 in person if you don't already have the NW Forest pass. (Plus the extra $2 for the bridge of the gods toll both on the way in and on the way out). There's a bathroom in the beginning before you start. It pretty much starts immediately with a bunch of pretty steep switchbacks. It was probably the worst part of the hike for me because I was getting used to the uphill and also I just hate working out in the morning... but after about 0.7 miles (felt like way more...), you hit a sign that says "More Difficult" and "Difficult" to choose from. Per recommendations from here, I went up the more difficult one and went down the difficult one, though there's nothing stopping you from choosing the same one both ways. The more difficult one was steeper and felt more like larger inclines with short areas of flat path to rest on. Overall it ends up being a bit shorter as well. The difficult one is just a gradual incline the entire time. The difficult one also has a few rest points that overlook the gorge, but you'll see the same views from a higher vantage point at the top of the mountain. Either way, both will stay pretty shady since it's within forest the until the last mile of the trail. On the way down, it gets rough on the knees, so the difficult path may be the way to go. The 2 trails eventually connect (you will be 1 mile from the top) and you hit more uphill until you finally emerge out of the forest. This is the part where I was glad I came early because the sun was starting to come out but wasn't burning hot. When I got to the top I was also alone for a while and that was nice -- even if only a few tiny patches of wildflowers remained. The view was gorgeous, though I don't feel like the gorge views vary that much from trail to trail. It took me just under 1.5 hours to get to the top with a few breaks. I think maybe it didn't take quite as long for me to get to the top is because there were no flowers for me to take pictures of! After a short break at the top, I started heading down. There's one point where you can take the "spur loop" that I turned around in because the plants were to overgrown from me to make it through. You can also choose to go down the other trail (Ausperger?). It took me just over an hour to get down. If you have poles (though I've never used any), I would imagine this would be a good trail to use them. Plenty of people I passed on the way down had them. Overall, there aren't really any points you'd get lost at and the trail is well maintained, if not a little precarious on the way down since I ended up jogging down a lot of it to save my knees (and subsequently tripped on a few rocks/slid a bit). I went with hiking shoes but I think I would've been fine in my thicker running shoes as well or really even grippy/well strapped on sandals. I drank about 30 ounces of water, though I tend not to drink enough while hiking. I also recommend bringing at least a few snacks or if the timing is right, lunch! Even with my snacks, I was starving by the end, despite eating a good breakfast too. By the time I got back to the parking lot, it was not even half full (~10:10 am -- I was on the trail just a touch over 3 hours). Strava/Apple Health tracked a similar elevation/distance to what's written on the site. Good workout & views (just make sure it's clear). Come early to beat the heat (and get parking?) and enjoy some peace all by yourself.

hiking
1 month ago

Just hiked this trail today. Parking is super easy on a weekday (Thursday), no trail permit necessary on weekdays. Passes for parking include NW Forest pass or America The Beautiful pass. Otherwise it's a $5 fee. This hike was wonderful. No balsam root this time of year, but a few scattered blossoms near the top and incredible gorge and mountain views make it worth every thigh-burning step. I highly recommend taking the "Most difficult" option up, "difficult" on the way down. Saves your knees. Definitely take lots of water- I had a full Camelback and was out with about a mile to go on the return trip. We saw many hikers with empty plastic water bottles that were struggling. With the heat that was not enough. I found poles to be very helpful and personally would not do this trail without them. We saw several hikers not using poles though. Good shoes are essential as well. The trail is dusty and rocky. My tracker said our route was 6 miles total with 2800ft elevation gain. We were wiped out at the end and stopped at Big Ts in Stevenson for fries, huge salads and insanely huge burgers. It was a good day.

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1 month ago

Love it. Nice and challenging. Weekdays are not busy in the morning. Make sure you bring food!

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1 month ago

Amazing view is worth the hike ! Medium to hard trail it all depends what kind of hiker you are . On the info board it doesn’t tell you anything about bears . We saw mama and baby bear.! Yikes.!

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

I got here at 430am, taking some advise from a fellow hiker to watch the sun rise and beat the crowds. Man was it worth it. At the fork, taking the least difficult route on the loop up offers impressive views both at the base and the top of the trail. A lot of the hike is through dense forest. But believe what the reviews say about it being steep. This hike is a leg killer.

I'm glad I've done this at least once in my life, but I'll never do it again! it was by far one of the hardest things I've ever done in my entire life, it took us 5 hours to get to the very very top, further than where most people go. it was also extremely narrow and slippery, because of the rocks and incredibly steep. amazing view!

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bugs
2 months ago

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