Race Preview: Dog Mountain 10k, 20k, & 30k

Is it just me, or does Dog Mountain pull rank on pretty much all other Columbia Gorge hikes? Maybe it’s just coincidence that since I’ve moved to Portland, I can’t have a hiking talk without it inevitably turning to the unmatched likes of Dog Mountain. Maybe it’s the gut-checking views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Defiance, or maybe it’s just the hike of all Gorge hikes.

Maybe you’ve also heard about Dog Mountain as one of the Columbia River Gorge’s more aggressive hikes, so why not tackle it in your running shoes? The single-track trails of this scenic spot cover just over 3,000 feet of elevation gain to the summit, done once in the 10k (up and back down), while the 20k and 30k routes repeat the 10k course (I didn’t do the math on that, but I’m pretty sure it equals a whole lot, and probably some sore legs).

Part of the Northwest Mountain Trail Series runs from Go Beyond racing, these guys know their way around putting on fun and interesting races (Lake of Death Relay, anyone?). So I wouldn’t expect anything less.  There won’t, however, be much in the way of post race festivities since forest permits don’t allow for it.  Maybe that just means there should be an unofficial after party at Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River?


Race Vitals:


Where: Dog Mountain Trailhead (12 miles east of the Bridge of the Gods on Washington State Highway 14)

When: July 26th, 8 AM

What to Bring: Technu or your choice of Poison Oak treatment as there’s plenty of it along the trail.

How Much: $45 for 10k; $55 for 20k; $65 for 30k
Register here before July 24th if you want in!

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