Dog Mountain

Trail No. 147 and Trail No. 4407

MAY 17, 2008 - Persistent snow in the mountains this year has taken me farther afield in search of safe trails to hike.  This trail on the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge had all the things I was looking for in a hike this weekend:  a long trail with decent elevation gain, views, and wildflowers.  It was a hot day in the Gorge, reaching 96 by the time I completed my hike, and the trailhead parking lot was already full when I got there around 7:30 a.m.  This trail wastes no time getting up to the summit as it weaves in and out of a pretty forest. Wildflowers thrive on the sunny southern slopes of Dog Mountain.  Balsamroot was the predominant flower in bloom this day, but the list of flowers I saw reads like a botany book:  Oregon grape, twisted stalk, wild strawberry, violets, yellow violets, woodland star, phlox, popcorn flowers, blue-eyed Mary, gold stars, desert parsley, spring beauty, paintbrush, lupine, chocolate lilies, and ballhead waterleaf.   Showy dogwood trees were in full bloom in the woods. Signs at the trailhead cautioned hikers to avoid poison-oak, and it was plentiful along this trail.  The summit of the mountain is frequently windy, and the wind was most welcome on this hot day.  I hiked this as a loop trail by hiking counterclockwise up Dog Mountain Trail 147 and down Dog Mountain Trail No. 4407. 

7.4 miles

2800' Elevation Gain