Dog Mountain

  • Moderate (to lower viewpoint)
  • 3 miles round trip
  • 1500 feet elevation gain
  • Open all year


  • Difficult (to summit)
  • 6.9-mile loop
  • 2820 feet elevation gain

The most spectacular wildflower meadows of the Columbia Gorge drape the alp-like slopes of Dog Mountain. In May and June these hills are alive with yellow balsamroot, red paintbrush, and blue lupine. Even flowerless seasons provide breathtaking views of the Columbia Gorge. Such beauty has made the steep climb popular, but with three trails to the top, you can choose your route.

From Portland, drive …

Other Options

If you’re a frequent climber of Dog Mountain, consider …

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington.