Dog Mountain hike - in for a surprise!
When Ben and I went to Costa Rica, I looked up a lot of hikes and activities online before we did them. I read so many reviews that said that a certain hike/activity was really difficult, only to find it fairly easy when we did it. When I looked up Dog Mountain (a popular Columbia River Gorge hike in Washington), all the reviews promised it would be a strenuous hike with the reward of gorgeous views. Having done most of the Columbia River Gorge hikes already, mixed with my Costa Rica experience, I didn’t take the strenuous claim seriously. But I was wrong, because I definitely felt like I was going to pass out within the first half mile of our hike. And I got a slight headache when my ears began popping from the change in elevation. So now I’m going to go back to trusting Google reviews.
We didn’t see any of Dog Mountain’s famous wildflowers. Turns out that April isn’t quite late enough in the year. But no matter: Dog Mountain’s views are incredible (made more so by the wooziness you’ll feel by the time you get to a viewpoint). Oh, and get ready for wind. Lots of it.
Moral of the story:
Trust the people who say a hike is difficult.
Bring an extra jacket.
Don’t get attached to what you thought the experience was going to be (filled with wildflowers).
Leave when you want to - we didn’t make it to the very top, but we sure had fun!
After Dog Mountain, we stopped along the way home to visit some of Oregon’s waterfalls. They’re lovely and full this time of year. Cold but pretty! Enjoy the photos and comment below with your favorite Columbia River Gorge hikes and adventures!