Saturday, January 20, 2018

Cheers to Wildflower trails!

This past weekend I went on a rather strenuous but quite praise-worthy hike up Dog Mountain. The mountain is about an hour from Portland along Washington State Route 14, about 9 miles east of Stevenson and 53 miles east of Vancouver. Start the hike on the Augspurger Trail (still Dog Mountain Trailhead parking lot) to see the good views. The 7.4 mile stretch is extremely popular and the parking area fills early, so I recommend going before 8am or after 4pm on the weekends. The trail climbs above the north side of the Columbia River Gorge offering beautiful views of Mt. Hood, Mt. St Helen’s, and the river, but more spectacular are the amazing wildflower displays that carpet the steep hillsides in late spring. I was so impressed by the expansive, bright yellow Balsamroots that surround most of the trail that I’m on a mission to find more wildflowers! If you are looking to get out there too, here are four more hot spots near Portland: Tom McCall Preserve Trail, Trillium Lake, Lacamas Park, and Catherine Creek where roughly 100 species of wildflowers bloom at the park every spring and summer. Happy trails!

Dog Mountain Trail photos:

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