The trails in and around Stevenson, Washington, are the stuff of legend (so is Sasquatch, an occasional hiker hereabouts). With the Gifford Pinchot National Forest all around, Dog Mountain’s trails beckoning, the historical Beacon Rock trail, Fall Creek Falls and many more, your feet will be in heaven.
PLEASE NOTE: The U.S. Forest Service will release online permits on March 1 at www.recreation.gov for hikers headed to Dog Mountain on weekends from April 18 to June 14 this year.
The permits are required as part of a partnership that began in 2018 to ensure public safety near Dog Mountain Trailhead, where congestion during the spring wildflower hiker rush created annual congestion and at least one fatal accident before permits were required.
Every hiker on the Dog Mountain Trail system on Saturdays and Sundays between April 18 to June 14 will be required to carry a permit (or digital proof). There are two ways for hikers to obtain permits:
- Ride the shuttle from Stevenson. A permit is included automatically with the cost of the Skamania County Shuttle bus from Stevenson. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis, for $1 per person per trip, or $2 roundtrip (cash, exact change only). Each permit is good for one individual on the day it is issued. The shuttle runs about every half hour from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends from April 18 to June 14.
- Reserve a permit online. Anyone parking at Dog Mountain Trailhead will need to reserve one permit for each person online at www.recreation.gov and pay the $1.00 non-refundable administrative fee (per person) in addition to paying the recreation site fee of $5 per car. Valid Northwest Forest or interagency federal passes are accepted (but not state parks passes) as a form of paying the recreation fee but are not a substitute for having the per person permit.