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This one is definitely a knee burner, but in the right conditions, it's absolutely worth it.

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Dog Mountain is a hike in the Columbia River Gorge on the Washington side that boasts a consistently steep hike throughout, but the payoff is spectacular.    

The hike starts right off the main road, but be sure to stay to the right (towards the bathrooms) or you'll be put on the longer loop trail, adding an extra mile to your hike!

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We accidentally took the long route, and at sunrise in February.

Luckily, there were only a few patches of snow.


We tried to beat the sunrise, and lost. But the light shining through as we neared the top was stunning!

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Mixed with a few "sketchy" but epic photo ops along the way up.

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After a long almost 3.5 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain, we could see the upper viewpoint in the distance.

It was like the light at the end of the tunnel! 

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Although the fog was thick at first, blocking most of our view, it made for some epic photo taking.

The clouds were blown away quickly, and we could finally see for miles.

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We could even see the peak of Mount Hood!

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Without spoiling too much of the views, this is definitely one you have to see for yourself!

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If you're up for the leg burner and 6 miles of it, your reward is a breathtaking unique view of the Columbia River Gorge!

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PROS:

180 degree views of the Gorge.

This one is also a free hike.

Just an all around gorgeous hike with views.

CONS:

3 steep miles up 3000ft and 3 miles back down. 

Very popular in Summer, it can be crowded.

It's the Gorge, be ready for insane wind/weather!

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