Trip 216 - June 18, 2021 (Friday)

Dog Mountain Trail Hike

Near Hope BC Canada

Distance from Vancouver to the Trailhead: Approximately 160 km via Highway 1 East and Hwy 7 West.

Liked: Waterfall, several fine forest scenes, shade in the forest, very few bugs, the trail can be hiked in a loop.

Of Note: The trail is designed for mountain bikers and hikers - watch out for downhill riders, noise from Highway 7 for much of the trail, many splitting trails make for a somewhat confusing hike, most of the trail is easy-to-moderately difficult with a few short steep stretches - hiking poles and boots are highly recommended.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (5th edition) Trailhead Coordinates: Page 15 (Hope) E6.

Dog Mountain Trail near Hope (not to be confused with infinitely more popular Dog Mountain Trail in North Vancouver) is a short and pleasant 3 km round trip trail to a pleasant small waterfall. This trail has no highway signs pointing to it, and the only trailhead sign is made up of duck tape stuck onto a metal plate. And even then, the trailhead sign is lying in the grass and you really need to look for it.

Despite the lack of signage, Dog Mountain Trail is very easy to find. The trailhead is located right on the shoulder of Highway 7, one kilometer after Highway 7 starts off Highway 1 (or one kilometer before Highway 7 ends at Highway 1, if you are coming from the opposite direction).

Dog Mountain Trail is a combined hiking / mountain biking trail, and there are numerous mountain biking-related installations. However, we could find only one bike track, and it does appear that this trail is used very rarely by mountain bikers, as those above-mentioned installations look quite old, and some have fallen into disrepair.

On the positive side, the trail is quite pleasant, and can be hiked in a loop. The navigational challenge is caused by numerous spur trails, but, by and large, it is fairly obvious which way to go.

1. We are Westbound on TransCanada Highway 1, approximately 155 kilometers East of Vancouver, and are taking Exit 170 to Hope. Highway 1 also exits here, and Highway 5 is starting at this point.

2-3. After taking Exit 170, turn left at the traffic light, and follow signs to Highway 1.

4. Now on Water Street / Highway 1 in Hope.

5. Continue on Highway 1 and cross the bridge across Fraser River.

6. After the bridge, a sign indicates that Highway 7 starts shortly on the right side.

7. There is another small bridge to cross, and then Highway 7 appears on the right side. Take Highway 7.

8. Drive on Highway 7 West for one kilometer, and arrive at the Dog Mountain Trailhead on the right side, immediately past the metal frame holding a highway information sign (for Eastbound traffic). So, if coming from the West on Highway 7, look for that sign one kilometer before Highway 7 ends.

9. Parking for the trailhead is available on the shoulder just past the metal frame, seen at the top of the photo below.

10. Dog Mountain Trailhead is right there. Coordinates: N 4923.314' W 12228.035'. Elevation: 59 meters.

11. There is absolutely nothing to indicate that it's a trail here, except for this makeshift sign hiding in the grass to the right of the trailhead.

12. The hike begins.

13. In 80 meters, Gazebo #1 is on the right side.

14. 50 meters later, a "gate" of sorts.

15. It's a pleasant forest, with few bugs, albeit with noise from Highway 7 and the railroad.

16. Mountain biking used to be quite popular here, judging by the elaborate obstacle course created on this mountain.

17. Even though it's not a very difficult hike, some parts of Dog Mountain Trail are challenging, if short.

18. Gazebo #2 arrives at 445 meters. This is where the loop starts - keep right. There are splitting trails up to this point as well, but keep to the right at all times, and you will make it to the third gazebo near the waterfall.

19. Another short challenging stretch follows soon thereafter.

20. At 1.08 km it gets so steep, that a rope is provided for assistance.

21. Gazebo #3 arrives at 1.5 km of the hike, and it's a major landmark, as it stands at the intersection where straight ahead is a waterfall (in 100 meters), to the right is a trail to nowhere, and, to the left, is continuation to the loop back to Gazebo #2. Coordinates: N 4923.479' W 12228.726'. Elevation: 156 meters.

22. We proceeded straight ahead to the waterfall.

23. A short scramble, and we are there.

24. It's a small, pleasant waterfall, with a bench nearby.

Here is our video of Dog Mountain Falls.

More videos are on our YouTube Channel.

25. We then returned to Gazebo #3 and turned left to hike a trail to nowhere (as we thought it would lead to the top of the mountain).

26. At first, it was like a regular trail.

27. But, 350 meters from Gazebo #3, the trail had been destroyed by what looks like a washout and a fallen tree.

28. We managed to get through this substantial obstacle, and the trail reappeared on the other side only to disappear for good a few hundred meters later. We tied an additional flagging tape to the piece which was already there, and went back. Coordinates: N 4923.314' W 12228.035'. Elevation: 59 meters.

29. We then returned to Gazebo #3 and proceeded past it to complete the loop.

30. Again, keep to the right at all the splits, except keep left at this one, 340 meters past the gazebo.

31. A fine view 680 meters past Gazebo #3.

32. And we arrived back to Gazebo #2 1.10 km after Gazebo #3. Make a right turn to rejoin the trail you already hiked on the way up. It takes a total of 1.50 km from Gazebo #3 back to the trailhead, for a total hike of 3 kilometers.

Dog Mountain Trail near Hope has several fine forest scenes, and a neat small waterfall. Recommended.

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