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Dog Mountain hiking

Vancouver Coast Mountains, British Columbia, Canada

By lydia.crawford

Dog Mountain Statistics

Distance

6 KM

Estimated Time

1 hour

What are the activities at Dog Mountain ?

Hiking

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Why choose a trail at Dog Mountain?

Dog Mountain rises above the north side of the Columbia River Gorge in the U.S. state of Washington. The base of the mountain is in Skamania County along Washington State Route 14, about 9 miles (14 km) east of Stevenson and 53 miles (85 km) east of Vancouver. From its base at 150 feet (46 m), it climbs steeply to an elevation of 2,948 feet (899 m). The mountain is the site of a popular hiking trail that begins on the north side of Route 14 at milepost 53. The 6-mile (9.7 km) trail winds through heavy forest to meadows and the site of a former fire lookout. After climbing steeply for about the first half mile (0.8 km), the trail splits into two forks that meet again at the summit. The lookout was built in 1931 and reconstructed in 1952 to watch for fires across the river in Oregon's Mount Hood National Forest. Outmoded by surveillance from roads and airplanes, the fire lookout was dismantled in 1967. Attractions include views of the Columbia Gorge, Mount Hood, and wildflowers, especially in May. Flowering plants along the trail include chocolate lily, woodland star, fairy slipper, long-spurred violet, and yellow fawn lily. Hazards include poison oak, rattlesnakes, and steep slopes. The trail's difficulty caused one writer to describe it as "a grueling hike", while another said that Dog Mountain might better be called "Dogged Mountain or possibly Doggone Mountain", and recommended good boots for descending its steep pitches. A fatality occurred on the mountain in 2003, when a hiker lost her footing and fell 500 feet (150 m). The trail is open year round to hikers and to dogs on leashes, although in winter the upper portions may be snow covered at times. It cannot be used by people on horses or mountain bikes, and it is not suitable for wheelchairs. No permits or fees are needed to hike the trail, but parking at the bottom requires a Northwest Forest Pass. Passes are available from a wide variety of vendors in Oregon and Washington. Hang gliding occurs at Dog Mountain.

The Dog Mountain hike is a moderately difficult 6.8 kilometer hike that takes around 3-4 hours to complete. The trailhead is located just outside of Hope, British Columbia and the summit offers stunning views of the Fraser Valley and the surrounding mountains. Dogs are allowed on the trail but must be kept on a leash. The hike is popular in the spring when the wildflowers are in bloom and in the fall when the leaves change color.


What are the services on site?

Rate & open hour

Access fee $ 0.00
Schedule

From sunrise to sunset

Coordinates
-122.97
49.3733333

What are the coordinates and address of Dog Mountain?

Dog Mountain
Dog Mountain, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Starting Point

The Dog Mountain trails are located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, about 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon. To get to the start of the trails, take exit 41 from Interstate 84 and drive east on the Historic Columbia River Highway for about 6 miles. The trailhead is located on the left side of the road.

Why visit Dog Mountain

The Dog Mountain hike in British Columbia is a great way to enjoy the incredible scenery and wildlife of the area. The hike is moderate in difficulty, making it accessible to hikers of all levels of experience. The trail winds through forests and meadows, providing beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Wildlife such as deer and bears can often be seen in the area. The summit of Dog Mountain offers stunning views of the Fraser Valley and the surrounding mountains.

Is Dog Mountain in British Columbia a good place for the whole family?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on the specific family and what they are looking for in a vacation spot. Dog Mountain is a great place for hikers and nature lovers, as there are plenty of trails to explore and beautiful scenery to take in. However, it may not be ideal for families with small children who are looking for more of a traditional tourist destination with amusements and activities.

Things not to be missed

The best activities near Dog Mountain in British Columbia are hiking and camping.

Hiking, mountain biking, and bird watching are some of the best activities to do near Dog Mountain.

Where to eat?

1. The Dog House - A food truck located at the base of Dog Mountain that specializes in hot dogs and hamburgers.

2. The Alpine Lodge - A rustic lodge located near the summit of Dog Mountain that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

3. The Summit Cafe - A cafe located at the summit of Dog Mountain that specializes in coffee and pastries.

Let’s Answer Your Questions - FAQ

How long is the estimated climb?

1 hour

Is the place are families friendly?

No

Is there an information center / service center / reception?

No
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Lydia Crawford, an extraordinary woman with an insatiable zest for life, has become an inspirational figure to many through her adventures and infectious good humor. Born and raised in a small town nestled in the mountains, Lydia developed a love for the outdoors at an early age. Her childhood was filled with hiking, camping, and exploring the wilderness, experiences that shaped her into the avid outdoorswoman she is today.

She life was a celebration of adventure, joy, and the great outdoors. She lived with a fierce determination to enjoy every moment and to share that joy with others. Her legacy is one of laughter, exploration, and an unwavering love for the natural world. Lydia's spirit continues to inspire those who knew her and those who discover her story, reminding us all to embrace life with open arms and a heart full of joy.

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