With a trailhead conveniently located on Hwy 14 in the Columbia River Gorge, Dog Mountain is a destination for wildflowers and breathtaking views of the Gorge, Mt. Adams, Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens. This popular mountain trail offers wonderful views of the deep cut of the Columbia as it slices through the Cascades and a pleasant trail experience. Wildflowers grace the forest meadows and clearings well into summer, and abundant wildlife roams the area.
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 finally dismantled in 1967 as aerial fire spotting became prevalent.
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