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Trail Stats: 7 miles round trip // Level: Most Difficult // Elevation Gain: 2,948 ft
PLEASE NOTE: A new permit system for Dog Mountain will be launched in March 2018 for weekends during the peak use season. Beginning Saturday, March 31 and continuing until Sunday, July 1, 2018, a use permit will be required to hike the Dog Mountain trails on Saturdays and Sundays. The permit can be purchased here, www.recreation.gov, for a $1.50 non-refundable reservation fee. For full details, click here. NW Forest Passes will be still required for parking at the Dog Mountain trailhead. Those can be purchased at local convenience stores or at the trailhead itself.
Alternative transportation is available during this same time frame by riding the Dog Mountain Shuttle, with pick-up at Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, WA. Shuttle riders will receive the permit automatically. The shuttle begins at 7:30 am with the last trip of the day leaving Dog Mountain Trailhead at 4:30 pm. The cost is $1.00 each way. Shuttle riders will also receive discounts from participating Stevenson, WA businesses by showing wristbands received on the shuttle bus.
A very popular trail, particularly from mid-April through early June, when the hills are filled with blooming wildflowers. Hikers will also see impressive views of Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams and Mount Hood. The trail is somewhat challenging as it gains 2,948 feet in elevation and is 3.5 miles to the top. Plan four hours to hike this one and take water and food for the break on top! This heavily used loop opportunity climbs rapidly in the first 0.5 mile, gaining 700 feet in elevation. The trail forks, giving hikers the option of heading north on the more direct, but steep route to the summit, or to the east for a longer but more gradual climb. The trail to the right (east) provides a great opportunity for sweeping views of the Columbia River and beautiful flowered meadows, while the northern route is a 2.5 mile steep grade through the forest where it links back up to the summit loop trail. Watch for poison oak and rattlesnakes along the trail.
To reach the trail, travel 10 miles east of Stevenson. After mile post 53 on Highway 14, there is a large dirt parking lot on the north side of the highway and a sign marks the trailhead.
10 miles from Stevenson, WA
NW Forest Pass required.