Planning to visit Dog Mountain this spring? You'll need a permit first

(KATU File Photo)

COOK, Ore. – The U.S. Forest Service will be using a new permit system to allow public access to Dog Mountain in 2018.

The popular hiking area in the Columbia River Gorge often sees so many visitors in spring and early summer that its parking lot fills and drivers resort to parking along State Route 14. Officials say the busy roadway is a danger to those walking along it.

The new permits will grant the public to access Dog Mountain Trail. They’re designed to minimize the overflow parking on SR 14 and the pedestrian traffic at the site.

Anyone planning to access the Dog Mountain Trail System from March 31 to July 1 will be required to obtain a permit and carry it with them.

Visitors can obtain permits on Saturdays and Sundays from March 31 to July 1 by reserving a permit online at, or they can take the shuttle service from the Skamania County Fairgrounds.

In 2017, Skamania County received grant funding to provide shuttle service to the Dog Mountain Trailhead on busy weekends during the high-use season.

The shuttle operates on a first-come-first-served basis.

There are 165 permits available per day online.

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