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blueBlack Dog Mountain Trail #147

  4.5 ( 42 ) Favorite


6.5 mile 10.4 kilometer out and back


Ascent: 2,802' 854 m
Descent: -2,801' -854 m
High: 2,929' 893 m
Low: 127' 39 m


Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 67% (34°)


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Great views of the Columbia River Gorge.

Jackie Clark

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

A new seasonal permit system launches 3/31 at the trailhead to address safety concerns along SR 14. Permits are required Saturday and Sunday, April 20 through June 16.

Parking at the trailhead is limited and policed. Consider taking the shuttle. $5/vehicle/day, unless you have a Recreation Pass.


This is a well-known, easily accessible Columbia Gorge hike, infamous in the springtime for its blossoms.

Drawn by the dramatic balsamroot blooms in May and June, crowds flock to this popular trail on weekends during the spring. On a clear day, the views from the top are spectacular! Mt. Hood to the south and Mount St. Helens to the northwest. Loop opportunity with Augspurger Trail #4407 which shares the same trailhead.

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Walking Man Brewery or the Big River Grill in Stevenson are great post-hike places for drinks and/or meals.


The hike starts steeply through scattered woods. The beginning is arguable the hardest part of the hike! You'll shortly come to a junction; stay right for a less difficult ascent and continue to follow the switchbacks up. You are quickly rewarded with aerial views of the Columbia River and wildflowers in the spring.

If you are not up for the whole hike, but would still like great views, there is a viewpoint a mile from the top, perfect for a picnic.

However, since you've come this far, continuing that last mile will bring you to an open, breezy meadow. No matter the time of the year, you'll always greet fellow hikers at the top thanks to the great access of this trailhead.

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Jul 13, 2019
Brad Lynch
6.7mi — 3h 28m
Jun 23, 2019
Carl Brown
Jun 15, 2019
Tracie Finke
Hard steep. Good workout. 7.3mi
Jun 9, 2019
Traci B
4h 30m
May 22, 2019
Trent Sullivan
With Paul Pedone 5mi
May 11, 2019
Maria Alonzo
May 9, 2019
Jacob Penderworth
14h 00m
May 5, 2019
Amey Laud
Hiking with Aadi starting 1050AM

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