Trailhead: The Dog Mountain trailhead is located nine miles east of Stevenson on north
side of State Highway 14 at milepost 53. Two routes lead to summit of Dog Mountain.
Length: 6 miles (9.7 km)
Trail Uses: Hiking
Elevation: High: 2,800 feet, Low: 150 feet
Season of Use: March-December
Visitor Use: Heavy
Description: This loop trail giving hikers the option of heading north on the more direct,
but steep route to the summit, or to the east for a longer but more gradual climb.
The eastern fork climbs 2,000 feet in elevation in 2.5 miles to the site of a former fire
lookout. A 1-mile loop trail to the summit provides easy access through flowered
hillsides and offers an incredible view of the western portion of the Columbia River
Gorge You can also get superb views along the eastern fork of the trail, without having to
climb all the way to the summit. The northern route climbs steeply for 2.5 miles through
a dense forest to the lookout site. The trail intersects the loop trail to the summit of Dog
Features: Wildflowers blanket the mountainside meadows in late spring-early summer,
especially balsam root! Spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge both east and
west are well worth the exertion required to reach the summit! Dog Mountain was used
as a "fire lookout point" sometime around 1920 in order to serve the Mt. Hood National
Forest to the south. In 1931 a fire lookout was constructed by the Columbia National
Forest (the previous name of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest). The lookout was
reconstructed in 1952 by the Mt. Hood National Forest. The lookout, unofficially known
as "puppy lookout" was dismantled in 1967 as it became more common to detect fires
from the air and the expanding road system.