“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
In 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 as they traversed the mountain trail towards its peak.
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.
A Crow’s View highly recommends this location. The optimum time to view the splendor of Dog Mountain Trailhead is late May through June.