A view from the Dog Mountain Trail
The most spectacular wildflower meadows of the Columbia River Gorge drape the alp-like slopes of Dog Mountain.  In May and June, these hills are alive with yellow balsamroot, red paintbrush, and blue lupine.  Even flowerless seasons provide breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge.  Such beauty has made this steep, 2820 foot elevation-gain climb popular, abounding in wild strawberries and panoramic views from Hood River to Mt. Hood to the Cascade Locks.  The summit trail is a difficult 6.9 mile loop, but it is well worth the climb.

Beacon Rock is a 848-foot tall monolith, one of the largest of its kind in the world.  The trail to the top boasts 47 switchbacks in the 85-year-old trail in the course of its 1.8 mile climb.  The trail is easy, gaining only 600 feet of elevation, culminating in a summit offering magnificent views from Crown Point to Bonneville Dam.
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