Dog Mountain Loop (Columbia River)


Day Hike - Dog Mountain Loop (Columbia River)

Challenge yourself to an ADD day! Angel's Rest, Devil's Rest, Dog Mountain for total nearly 20 miles/6700ft elevation gain in the beautiful Columbia Gorge!

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,800 ft

4am, Angel's Rest Trailhead, 30mi east of Portland. (Yup, you read that right...)

We'll start with a sunrise hike of Angel's Rest, 4.6mi/1500ft. This is one of the prettiest hikes in the gorge, only 30 miles from Portland. We'll try to time it to be at a great view by sunrise with time to take pictures and ogle. Plan is to be down from Angel's rest before 7am and head over to Devil's Rest, also on the Oregon side. This one, at 7-8mi and 2400ft is just a grunt without many views, so we'll use this as a workout and try to go fast. Finally, by mid-afternoon we drive east and hit Dog Mountain, saving the hardest for last when our legs are already tired (joy!). Dog is one of the other prettiest hikes in the gorge, and hopefully the wildflowers will be starting by mid-May.

My general philosophy is "no hiker left behind," but you really need to be on your game for this. It's going to be a brutal day, especially if you choose to schlep pack weight for training. It's also an excellent day for anyone looking to test themselves before Adams, Shasta, Hood, etc... Climbers on my Mt. Shasta climb will have priority and we'll also offer a high altitude training Sunday the following day at Evolution in Portland for the Shasta team.

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Dog Mountain Loop (Columbia River)

  • Green Trails Columbia River Gorge West No. 428S

    Green Trails Hood River No. 430

    Trails Illustrated Columbia River Gorge
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. Poles
  12. Gas and food money.
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