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.
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.
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.
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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