Correction: The time to access to permits has been updated to reflect the Forest Service’s new date.
In light of Dog Mountain’s popularity during peak wildflower season, hikers should consider securing a parking spot ahead of time.
On March 15, the U.S. Forest Service will release permits to hikers going to Dog Mountain over the weekend from April 29 through June 19. They will also be required on Memorial Day and Juneteenth.
Daily passes cost $5 and an additional $2 administrative fee if reserved online. The Northwest Forest, Every Kid Outdoors, senior and military passes will serve as alternative forms of payment for the permit fee.
There will be 90 permits available daily, 50 of which will be released March 15 with the remaining 40 made available three days in advance of a person’s desired visit.
Each permit allows self-guided access for travelers in one vehicle, which must be reserved online at www.recreation.gov or by taking the Columbia Area Transit Dog Mountain Shuttle. A proof of purchase will be required at the Dog Mountain parking lot on Saturdays and Sundays.
For more information, visit fs.usda.gov/goto/crgnsa/hikedogmountain.