Wildflowers Abound on the Dog Mountain Trail This Spring

Of all the incredible things to do in the Columbia River Gorge, hiking is one of our favorites. We’ve spent many years taking one hike after another on both sides of the Gorge and frequently recommend our favorites to our guests. One of our favorite Gorge hikes is The Dog Mountain Trail, which offers breathtaking views of Mount Hood and the Columbia River Gorge. Better yet, it’s one of our favorite hikes when looking for Washington wildflowers in the spring.

We have no doubt you’ll fall in love with hiking throughout the Columbia River Gorge just as much as we have. Whether you enjoy trails like the Dog Mountain Trail in summer, spring, fall, or winter, we also know you’ll be ready for a comfortable and relaxing place to call home for a few days – not to mention a relaxing place to rest your weary muscles after a challenging hike like the Dog Mountain Trail!

There’s no better place to stay in the Columbia River Gorge than our luxury cabins in Washington. We have everything you need for a great getaway, including comfortable accommodations and plenty of terrific amenities, including fireplaces and generous soaking tubs, and mineral bath salts that are perfect for soaking your tired feet and relaxing in a way you can’t do at home.

If you’re ready to get outside and enjoy the Dog Mountain Trail and other fantastic wildflower hikes with us this spring, it’s time to book a cabin at our #1-rated luxury cabins in Washington today.

Beautiful Arrowleaf Balsamroot, one of the most popular Washington wildflowers seen on the Dog Mountain Trail

Hike the Dog Mountain Trail This Spring

The¬†Dog Mountain Trail¬†is a 6-mile loop trail in Carson, Washington, not too far from our luxury cabins in Washington. Not only is the Dog Mountain Trail one of the most popular Gorge hikes, but it’s also one of our favorites for spotting Washington wildflowers in the spring. In particular, this hike is sought-out for its bright yellow pops of color from the¬†Arrowleaf Balsamroot¬†wildflower, a relative of sunflowers.

You’ll have plenty of shade as you hike through the trees for the first mile or so on the Dog Mountain Trail. After only 1.5 miles, you’ll be rewarded with your first view of the hike, where you can see the Columbia River, Wind Mountain, and even the top of Dog Mountain, where you’re heading.

At around 2.5 miles into the Dog Mountain Trail, you’ll come across an old fire lookout station that was built in 1931. It’s a great place to take a break if needed, but you’re only 0.5 miles from the top, where the real views are waiting! The Dog Mountain Trail is considered a challenging hike, but the friendly Washington wildflowers and the breathtaking views from the top are more than worth the effort. Once you get to the top of this steep trail, you’ll find one of the best views of the Columbia River Gorge, with Mount Hood in the distance.

This is one of the many Gorge hikes that are best taken in the earlier part of the day, especially as things heat up in the summer. Not only does it get hot, but parking can be limited at the Dog Mountain Trail. The earlier you start, the more likely you are to secure parking. You’ll also need a parking permit to access the Dog Mountain Trail.

In addition to Washington wildflowers on the Dog Mountain Trail, the beautiful wildflowers on the Rowena Crest Trail make this a popular Gorge hike to take in spring

More Hikes for Washington Wildflowers

The Dog Mountain Trail is a fantastic choice when looking for Washington wildflowers, but it is just one of many incredible Gorge hikes worth taking this spring. If you’re looking for even more gorgeous hikes in the Columbia River Gorge that offer ample opportunity to see your favorite Washington wildflowers, we have six more excellent hikes for you to consider.

  1. The¬†Rowena Plateau Loop¬†is one of our favorite Gorge hikes, especially if you’re looking for wildflowers this spring. This hike is characterized by sweeping views, colorful wildflowers, and steady climbs through various landscapes, including basalt cliffs and grasslands.
  2. The Catherine Creek Natural Arch hike is another excellent choice for those looking for easy Gorge hikes featuring a colorful abundance of Washington wildflowers. This trail is only 2.1 miles roundtrip, but over its short distance, it includes fun features like a natural stone arch, colorful wildflowers, and great views of the Columbia River.
  3. The¬†Coyote Wall Loop Trail, which can be combined with the Catherine Creek Trail, is another great place to spot some balsamroot and other friendly Washington wildflowers. This hike offers more than just wildflowers, though. You’ll also encounter waterfalls, great views, and varied landscapes, including dramatic basalt outcroppings.
  4. Head to the Mosier Plateau Trail is one of the best Columbia River Gorge wildflower hikes in mid to late April Рand even well into summer. The hike is 3.5 miles roundtrip, is rated as moderate, and features beautiful views from the plateau at the top. We love to have a picnic here, among the wildflowers! 
  5. If you’re in the Mount Hood area and you’re looking for a spectacular wildflower hike this spring, head to the¬†Memaloose Hills Trail, found just off the Historic Columbia River Highway. This trail is particularly gorgeous in later spring when lupine starts to bloom.
  6. If you’re looking for a rugged and challenging hike with an abundance of colorful Washington wildflowers, head to¬†Cape Horn. Other highlights of this hike include spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge and the beautiful Cape Horn Falls.

Whether heading out on The Dog Mountain Trail or choosing one of these other fabulous Gorge hikes to spot your favorite Washington wildflowers, you’re in for an unforgettable day surrounded by sensational natural beauty. Of course, you’ll find plenty of lovely Washington wildflowers right here on¬†our property¬†to enjoy, too!

When you’re ready to put your feet up and rest for the day, there’s nowhere better than our luxury¬†cabins in Washington.¬†Book a room¬†today!

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