Ascent to the peak of Dog Mountain

Dog Mountain's full bloom

Now's the time to hike Dog Mountain! These pictures were taken 5/20/13. For those that are unfamiliar with Dog Mountain, it is a difficult hike on the Washington side of the gorge, just about an hour from Portland. The hike is about 3.4 miles to the peak, but what makes this a difficult hike is the elevation climb. You will climb about 2,800 ft in that short distance.

The payoff of your hard work on the hike is well worth it though! We have a 3 day weekend coming up with some decent weather, so if you are looking for cheap recreation to enjoy some nice weather, this will be the place to go! Be warned though that the parking lot fills up quick on weekends, there is room for over 50 cars, but it is a popular place, so carpool if you can!

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Erica says ... on Thursday, May 23 at 6:01 AM

There is still lots of poison oak on the trail, and this year is bad for ticks. I've been wearing long pants and tall boots to avoid these 2 foes!

Reuel says ... on Wednesday, May 22 at 8:12 AM

There used to be poison oak along lower part of trail in the woods and brush..which can make a beautiul day "longly remembered"

Reuel says ... on Wednesday, May 22 at 8:11 AM

there used to be Poison Oak along the lower part of the trail... watch for it...

davebeal2013 says ... on Tuesday, May 21 at 10:13 PM

I'd say that view alone is worth the hike!

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