Dog Mountain Permits for 2021: Get 'Em While You Can
Permits for Dog Mountain in 2021 are now available. In addition to a parking pass, hikers will need a permit if they are visiting Dog Mountain Saturday or Sunday between April 24 - June 13 and on Memorial Day.
Permits for the popular trails on Dog Mountain and Augspurger Mountain are available once again for the 2021 hiking season. They are required for anyone hiking here on Saturdays and Sundays between April 24 and June 13. They will also be required on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30).
Permits will be available online at recreation.gov beginning March 31. There are two ways to obtain them:
Take transit - ride the shuttle from Stevenson. A permit is included with the cost of the Skamania County West End Transit bus from Skamania Fairgrounds in Stevenson. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis, and in lieu of the previously-required $1 per person each way fee, donations will be accepted and encouraged.
The shuttle will run every 30 minutes from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last departure from Stevenson will be at 1 p.m. and the last shuttle leaving the trailhead will be at 5 p.m. Shuttle frequency will increase to every 15 minutes in the month of May. Shuttle capacity will adhere to current CDC physical distancing requirements.
Drive yourself - reserve a permit online. Anyone not taking the shuttle will need to reserve their permit online at recreation.gov. This method also requires a $1 non-refundable administrative fee (per person) as well as purchasing a parking pass ($5 per car). If you have a Northwest Forest Pass or interagency, senior, military, or Every Kid in a Park pass, they are accepted as alternate forms of payment. Discover Passes (which are for state lands) are not accepted.
In short, hikers driving to the trailhead will need a parking pass and a permit for the trail itself. Hikers taking transit only need the permit for the trail.
An additional batch of available permits will be released 3 days prior to each permit date at 7 a.m (so, Wednesday for Saturday permits and Thursday for permits for Sunday). The permit is only valid for the date reserved, and each person needs their own permit (including kids). Having a permit does not guarantee a parking space at Dog Mountain Trailhead.