Friday, July 27, 2007
From the top of Dog Mountain, it's tough to decide if the view of the Columbia Gorge or the meadows of wildflowers should be the highlight of the trip. I guess it's fortunate that you get both—you don't have to decide on one or the other.
This is a tough hike, no doubt about it, but still wildly popular. Is the reward worth it? You'll have to decide for yourself when you get there. In my opinion, yes, even if you only go a mile per hour on the way up, like we did. Plan for all day—even if you are speedy going up and down, you'll want to spend some time at the top. Bring water, a camera, a light jacket and even a picnic lunch if you feel like carrying it.
Look for the sign for the trailhead between MP 53 and 54 on Highway 14 in Washington.