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Wildflower Destinations > Columbia River Gorge (West)

Dog Mountain

Skamania County, Washington

Columbia River Gorge (USFS)

Fees: NW Forest Pass (and day use permit in peak season)

Activity: hiking

Elevation: 110'-2948'

Current status (as of 4/19/24): early blooms

Notes: A permit is required on weekends in the peak season (late April through mid-June). The permits are only $1; they're not a money-maker for the Forest Service, they're just about capacity control.

Peak wildflower bloom on Dog Mountain is typically from mid-April through May into mid-June, but there may be some flowers blooming from early April until the end of June.* (In 2024, things are running a little later than usual.)

Typical year:

Featured plants: Balsamorhiza

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* The dates given on this Web site for each location's blooming season are only estimates and can vary from year to year. Weather conditions in the winter and spring can shift these dates by up to a month, especially in the mountains. For the latest updates, check the Oregon Wildflowers or PortlandHikers Facebook groups, or browse the most recent postings to iNaturalist or Instagram.