June 27, 2012.
6.5 mi | 2820′ ele. gain | 2.5 hr.
Dog Mountain: arguably one of the most popular hikes in the Gorge. So I headed out here on a Wednesday afternoon for some exercise, bracing for crowds. Just exercise. Training, perhaps. I can do this.
The meadows on Dog Mountain are well known for their spring wildflower display. I wasn’t sure if I had timed this right, so I just put my head down and started walking. About 20 minutes into the hike I was stopped in my tracks by this incredible sprig of flowers:
I had no idea what it was, but it sure was pretty. I took a photo and kept hauling. Up and up I went, huffing and puffing my way towards the top. I paused briefly after entering the meadows to enjoy the luscious views. The snowy Mt. St. Helens peeked out from over Dog Mountain’s shoulders. And the meadows themselves were lovely, filled with multi-colored flowers.
There were a few people and their dogs on top. I stopped for a snack and a little rest for the legs before heading back down. I jogged part of the way down—this was training, after all.
I was back at the car at 5:30 pm, just in time to get back for dinner. It’s so nice to have these beautiful training hills so close to town. Another day, another adventure in the books.