Dog Mountain Loop
Central Gorge, Washington
On the Dog Mountain trail (photographer: Greg Lief)
alert Trail Alert, Apr 7, 2021: During the busy spring wildflower season, from April 24 to June 13 weekend visitors need a permit to hike Dog Mountain Loop trail to protect the public from safety issues caused by congestion at the busy trailhead parking area. Learn more at
Hike Details
6.9 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
2820 feet
Trail Features
Family Friendly:
Trailhead Pass:
Trail Details
WildflowersBeautiful Views
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.

Directions & Travel Tips

Dog Mountain Trailhead:  Cross the Bridge of the Gods ($2 toll) into Washington. Turn right heading east on WA Hwy 14. Pass through the town of Stevenson and then Wind Mountain. The trailhead is at milepost #53. Turn left/north into the large gravel 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. NW Forest Pass required. Please only park in the designated parking area at this trailhead. It is illegal to park on the shoulder of Hwy 14; tickets and towing are now being enforced due to this extreme safety hazard.