Dog Mountain is a popular hike due to its easy access in the Gorge, beautiful views, and relatively short distance. Don’t let the distance and low elevation fool you, however; the trails are very steep and will require some fitness and perseverance. This loop is known for prime wildflower viewing in May and June, but hikes in the summer and fall are rewarding as well.
Dog Mountain Trailhead: Take I-84 out to Cascade Locks and cross the Bridge of the Gods into Washington. Turn right heading east on highway 14. Pass through the town of Stevenson then past Wind Mountain. The trailhead is at milepost 53. Turn off into the large dirt parking lot. The Dog Mountain trail heads off to the right. The Augspurger Trail leaves from the same place headed up the hill to the west. This can be a busy lot during the spring and summer months.