Dog Mountain Trail System Permits

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Springtime wildflower blooms and stunning views make Dog Mountain one of the most popular hiking areas in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood towering to the south. The popular Dog Mountain - Augspurger loop is a strenuous 6.8-mile hike that climbs 2,828 feet. Approximate hiking time is three to six hours. The area provides opportunities for several shorter hikes as well. Visitors can expect crowded conditions along the trail on weekends during the wildflower season.   

A Dog Mountain Trail System Permit is required April 24 through June 13 (Saturday and Sunday only). NOTE: A permit is also required this year on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31. Each permit allows one individual one day of use on the Dog Mountain Trail System. Individuals can purchase up to four permits (per day), as available. Permits will be available online starting March 30. An additional batch of available permits will be released 3 days prior to each permit date 10 am EST (7am PST). The permit is only valid for the date reserved. The permit does not guarantee a parking space at Dog Mountain Trailhead. Permits are not required June 14 through April 23.   

There is a non-refundable reservation fee per permit. If you decide not to use your permit, please cancel your reservation in order to make space for others. Dog Mountain Trailhead is a recreation fee site and a daily, per-vehicle recreation fee of $5.00 is charged for use of the trailhead facilities. This is in addition to the permit fee. Visitors can pay the recreation fee on-site or online at https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/72635. Annual passes such as the Northwest Forest Pass and other interagency senior, military, and Every Kid in a Park passes are accepted as alternate forms of payment.  

Springtime wildflower blooms and stunning views make Dog Mountain one of the most popular hiking areas in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood towering to the south. The popular Dog Mountain - Augspurger loop is a strenuous 6.8-mile hike that climbs 2,828 feet. Approximate hiking time is three to six hours. The area provides opportunities for several shorter hikes as well. Visitors can expect crowded conditions along the trail on weekends during the wildflower season.   

A Dog Mountain Trail System Permit is required April 24 through June 13 (Saturday and Sunday only). NOTE: A permit is also required this year on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31. Each permit allows one individual one day of use on the Dog Mountain Trail System. Individuals can purchase up to four permits (per day), as available. Permits will be available online starting March 30. An additional batch of available permits will be released 3 days prior to each permit date 10 am EST (7am PST). The permit is only valid for the date reserved. The permit does not guarantee a parking space at Dog Mountain Trailhead. Permits are not required June 14 through April 23.   

There is a non-refundable reservation fee per permit. If you decide not to use your permit, please cancel your reservation in order to make space for others. Dog Mountain Trailhead is a recreation fee site and a daily, per-vehicle recreation fee of $5.00 is charged for use of the trailhead facilities. This is in addition to the permit fee. Visitors can pay the recreation fee on-site or online at https://www.recreation.gov/sitepass/72635. Annual passes such as the Northwest Forest Pass and other interagency senior, military, and Every Kid in a Park passes are accepted as alternate forms of payment.  

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A Dog Mountain Trail System Permit is required April 24 through June 13 (Saturday and Sunday only). NOTE: A permit is also required this year on Monday, May 31. Each permit allows one individual one day of use on the Dog Mountain Trail System. Individuals can purchase up to four permits (per day), as available. Permits will be available online starting March 30. An additional batch of available permits will be released 3 days prior to each permit date 10 am EST (7am PST). The permit is only valid for the date reserved. The permit does not guarantee a parking space at Dog Mountain Trailhead. Permits are not required June 14 through April 23. 

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