Dog Mountain Trailhead

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…” – John Muir

IMG_0798In the Pacific Northwest outdoor enthusiasts have a multitude of alfresco activities to choose from. A particular interesting location is the Dog Mountain Trailhead. This jewel of a hiking destination is nestled off of the Lewis and Clark Highway, next to the Washington-Oregon border, near the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Breathtaking vistas of the Columbia River, Cascade Mountains, and wildflowers growing along the trails and ridges offer a stunning sight for hikers. At a certain point of the hike (near the top), a person will witness a floral display that is one of the best in the world.

One hiker, Jeanine, from Lake Oswego, Ore. declared, “ This view looks like it comes out of ‘The Sound of Music.’” Several hikers following Jeanine shared her sentiment aIMG_0818s they traversed the mountain trail towards its peak.IMG_0802  IMG_0819 IMG_0821

The hike is considered grueling by some, so be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks. The difficulty of the hike is rewarded with a stellar view at the summit; and once the summit is reached, it is a perfect time to relax, have lunch, and soak in the environment.

 

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A Crow’s View highly recommends this location. The optimum time to view the splendor of Dog Mountain Trailhead is late May through June.

http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Dog_Mountain_Hike

http://www.nwhiker.com/CGNSAHike48.html

http://www.yelp.com/biz/dog-mountain-trail-white-salmon

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