Why You Need to Hike the Dog Mountain Trail in Washington

The Columbia River Gorge is filled with gorgeous scenic locations ideal for a hiking adventure. And one particular hike- the Dog Mountain Trail in Washington- is No. 3 on our list of 101 Things to Do in Hood River! This gorgeous trail features beautiful wildflowers, a great opportunity for birding, and some stunning panoramic views from the peak. It is also dog-friendly, along with a few of our Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins! Here is why you need to hike the Dog Mountain Trail in Washington during your visit to the Columbia River Gorge.

For more information on hikes in the Columbia River Gorge, you can download our free Vacation Guide! It features information on outdoor activities to enjoy during your stay like hiking the Dog Mountain Trail in Washington. It also features a variety of other attractions to enjoy in the region, from local restaurants to relaxing spas.

What to Expect Along the Dog Mountain Trail in Washington

The Dog Mountain Trail in Washington is considered one of the most challenging hikes in the Columbia River Gorge, climbing 2,900 feet on a 6.3-mile route. This thrilling loop is meant for experienced adventurers. Though the Dog Mountain hike difficulty is a major factor, the views that you will receive from the mountaintop offset the strenuous climb. Steep inclines lead to majestic views, and the colorful yellow balsamroot wildflowers along the route in May are worth the hike on their own! Among the meadows is an old fire lookout spot, which will reveal gorgeous views of the side of the Gorge. But, keep traveling, for the best views await at the summit!

Get a Bird’s Eye View of Mount Hood and the Columbia River

The peak of Dog Mountain offers truly unmatchable views of the Gorge. Look out upon Mount Hood as it looms in the distance, and watch the Columbia River rush by far below. The stunning yellow balsamroot meadows are another key feature of this hike that you cannot miss in the springtime! Once the panoramic scenery at the top of the Dog Mountain Trail in Washington comes into view, soak in your incredible surroundings in silence for a few moments. Then, set up a picnic at the peak so you can enjoy a meal with these beautiful views!

After Hiking With Your Furry Friend, Stay in One of Our Pet-Friendly Cabins

Here at the Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins, we feature two accommodations that are pet-friendly. If you want to bring your four-legged friend along for a hike and your other Columbia River Gorge adventures, then these cabins are ideal accommodations. Knotty Pine features polished hardwood floors and a table set for two in the quaint kitchenette. A queen-sized bed, Jacuzzi bathtub, and private front porch await among other amenities in this pet-friendly cabin. Northern Territory is our second pet-friendly luxury cabin. This bright and airy cabin includes a cozy gas fireplace, relaxing Jacuzzi tub, and wooden swing on the front porch. Enjoy lovely views of the meadow and Cascade Mountain Range. We hope to see you and your furry friend soon at the Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins!