A Dog Lover’s Guide to The Columbia River Gorge

Exploring the Columbia River Gorge is a bucket list item for families all around the world, and your dog is part of your family. It would almost be inhumane to deny your dog the pleasure of running through streams, soaking up the sun, and hiking around the Cascade Mountains. So bring them along!

With our dog-friendly guide to the Gorge, you’ll be eating like a king, sleeping in cozy pet-friendly cabins, and climbing all the best hikes with your adventure buddy right next to you. 

Woman in yellow jacket hiking with dog.

Food With Fido

Backwoods Brewing Company

After a day of hitting the trails, exploring the Gorge’s waterfalls, or kayaking the waters, nothing is more refreshing than a cold crisp pint of beer from Backwoods Brewing. This pup-friendly eatery (patio in the summer) in Carson, Washington is known for their hand-crafted pizzas and scenic location that will make you feel like you really are in the backwoods. Learn more about our favorite local brewery at Why You Need to Have a Craft Beer at Backwoods Brewing Company.

Brigham Fish Market

In the Gorge, there are plenty of restaurants that offer fresh PNW caught fish, but none are as tasty and beloved at the Brigham Fish Market. Inside this cozy eatery, you’ll find a myriad of seafood entrees from Columbia River fish n’ chips to salmon chowders and tasty po’ boy sandwiches. You and Fido are welcome to enjoy some of the Gorge’s freshest seafood on their outdoor lawn which is decorated with picnic tables and umbrellas. 

3 Rivers Grill

Who said pet friendly couldn’t be fine dining? At 3 Rivers Grill, you get the best of both worlds as you and your furry friend can relax on their outdoor patio and dine like kings with stunning views of the Gorge. Enjoy calamari, braised lamb shanks, Pacific halibut, and Northwest rainbow trout at this upscale eatery. 

Best Hikes for Dogs

Man with dog enjoying the Dog Mountain Trail in Washington State.

Dog Mountain

It is almost a tradition to hike Dog Mountain with your dog. Be prepared and bring plenty of water, snacks, and doggo bags for this intensive 6.3 mile loop. This is a popular trail for hikers and can get a little crowded during peak season but is more than worth the trek. Read about what to expect, things to pack, and permitting on our blog post, Why You Should Hike Dog Mountain.

Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

If 6.3 miles seems like a bit too much, don’t fret. Take a scenic walk along the Old Columbia River Highway. This historic passageway traverses through old tunnels and over beautiful streams and allows you to take in the Gorge from a slowed down perspective. Walk as far or as little as you like and make this trail your own!

Upper Latourell Falls

Latourell Falls is a popular roadside attraction as a short walk will reward you with an incredible cascading waterfall. Unfortunately, this is where most people turn around. Strap on your hiking boots and make the 2 mile trek to the upper falls and you won’t be disappointed.

Dog-Friendly Accommodations

Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins

Don’t leave your pup at home or pay extra money to board him for the night. Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins in picturesque Carson, WA offers two pet-friendly cabins so you can explore the Gorge with Barkley at your side.

Shown here is one of Carson Ridge's dog-friendly lodging options, the Northern Territory cabin in Carson, Washington.

The Knotty Pine & Northern Territory cabins offer dog-friendly accommodations without sacrificing luxury. Sleep in your private cabin and take Fido for a walk through the 9 acres of beautiful gardens in the morning. When reserving a room, simply make sure to add your pet to the reservation or call (509) 427-7777 for any questions regarding amenities. 

Dog Gear

Gorge Dog

So you forgot your collapsible bowl on the counter or maybe Fido found and devoured all of his treats. No worries! If our Fido bucket doesn’t have what you need you can shop at Gorge Dog. It’s the premier pet outfitter in Hood River. From all natural food to unique collars and everything in between, this stop is a dog heaven. 

Exploring the Columbia River Gorge with your favorite little pup has never been easier. Because the Gorge is so dog-friendly, you can experience the most scenic hikes, dine at the finest restaurants, and stay at the most luxurious cabins with your favorite little buddy right beside you. 


Planning a trip to the Columbia River Gorge? Book a stay at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins, our upscale B&B in Carson, Washington offering dog-friendly cabins and gorgeous mountain views to make your getaway an unforgettable experience.

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