I hiked Dog Mountain in the Columbia River Gorge yesterday. It was late in the day, so I only made it half-way up the steep hike. Although I’ve hiked it many times before, this is the first time I didn’t go all the way. But since the goal of the hike was to catch sunset from a position far above the Columbia River, and since there is a photogenic viewpoint about halfway up, I wasn’t disappointed.
Dog Mountain is on the Washington side of the Gorge and is one of the area’s most popular hikes. Get there from Portland by driving east on I-84 to the town of Cascade Locks, cross the Bridge of the Gods into Washington ($1 toll), and turn right on Hwy. 14. Continue east through Stevenson and look for the wide gravel parking lot on the left. It is just over an hour’s drive.
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