“The stunning views and unparalleled springtime flowers make this one of the most popular hikes in the Gorge. On a good day, you can get a bird’s eye view of Mt. Hood and the Columbia River. In the spring the top is carpeted with vibrant yellow balsam root. Although the trail is steep and sometimes crowded, this hike is unquestionably worth the effort.”Washington Trails Association
APRIL 20 – JUNE 16
The map below has logistics detail for experiences on and after April 20.
HIKE WITH NO HASSLES WITH PARKING OR TRAFFIC
When you ride the Dog Mountain shuttle, your car stays behind, and you’re free to enjoy not only the hike up the mountain but also a beautiful ride through the Gorge.
GETTING TO CASCADE LOCKS
The Columbia Area Transit (CAT) bus offers daily service from Portland’s Gateway Transit Center to Cascade Locks (also stopping at Rooster Rock, Multnomah Falls and Hood River).
BIKING OR WALKING FROM CASCADE LOCKS TO THE DOG MOUNTAIN SHUTTLE
4 miles one-way. Walk with your bike across the Bridge of Gods for $1, cross Hwy 14 with extreme caution and enjoy a leisurely ride or stroll to the Dog Mountain Shuttle stop, where you can lock up before hopping on.
6.9-mile roundtrip hike. $1.00 hiking permit reservation required in advance at recreation.gov on Saturdays and Sundays (unless you ride the shuttle) plus $5 parking fee. Parking lot is persistently full so we recommend the shuttle!
$2 (exact cash) roundtrip includes Dog Mountain hiking permit, kids under 12 free. April 20 – June 16, Saturday/Sunday (schedule here). First departure from fairgrounds at 7:30 am, last departure from Dog Mountain at 5 pm; running every 30-40 minutes. 15 minute ride each way. From Cascade Locks, you can walk, bike or drive your car to Skamania Fairgrounds. Map of Stevenson shuttle stop.
Hang onto your hiking permit when you complete your hike. The permit is good for $2 off (with minimum $10 purchase) for shuttle riders at the following businesses in Stevenson, WA: Walking Man Brewing, Big River Grill, Columbia Hardware, Bits and Spurs, North Bank Books, and 420 Evergreen. More information about the discount is available at the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce.
STAY THE NIGHT
Be lulled to sleep by the Columbia River, and be poised for a new adventure. Best Western Plus is a dog-friendly hotel boasting rooms with river views and an indoor pool.