Itineraries

Car-Free Dog Mountain

“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
DOG MOUNTAIN HIKE APRIL 24 – JUNE 13

Every hiker on the Dog Mountain Trail system on Saturdays and Sundays between April 24 to June 13 (as well as on Memorial Day) will be required to carry a permit (or digital proof thereof). Permits available at Recreation.gov or via the shuttle

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RIDE THE SHUTTLE TO HIKE WITH NO PARKING HASSLES OR TRAFFIC

When you ride the Dog Mountain shuttle, your car stays behind (and the $5 for parking stays in your pocket), so you’re free to enjoy not only the hike up the mountain but also a beautiful ride through the Gorge.

  • Catch the shuttle from Stevenson, Washington at 518 Rock Creek Drive
    • Look for a Skamania County Transit or CAT bus
  • A permit is included automatically and each permit is good for one individual on the day it is issued.
  • Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.
  • In lieu of the previously required fee, donations will be accepted this year. 
  • The shuttle runs about every 30 minutes from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends
  • The last shuttle to depart Stevenson will be 1:00 p.m. and the final shuttle departing the trail head will be at 5 p.m.
  • Shuttle capacity will adhere to current CDC physical distancing requirements and follow the Washington State Mask Mandate in place.

GETTING TO THE SHUTTLE FROM CASCADE LOCKS
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BIKE OR WALK

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.


GETTING TO CASCADE LOCKS
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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). There are many places to explore while in Cascade Locks before or after the hike from brew pubs to native fish to ice cream cones that weigh a pound.


AFTER THE HIKE
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SUPPORT LOCAL

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.

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STAY THE NIGHT

Be lulled to sleep by the Columbia River, and be poised for a new adventure. Best Western Plus in Cascade Locks or Skamania Lodge in Stevenson both have river views and indoor pools.