Mosier is a quiet town in Wasco County. Nestled on the banks of the mighty Columbia River, this small community is surrounded by the natural beauty of mountains, forests, streams, and a lake. Visitors will find quirky shops, historic homes, and rows of sweet smelling fruit trees. If your pooch wants to hang out in a relaxed locale with friendly people and gorgeous scenery, then this is the place to be. Although it doesn’t have its own veterinary clinic, canine care is just 10 minutes away in Hood River.
The Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail is the perfect way to get a feel for the area’s unparalleled beauty. What was once a vehicular highway, is now a 13 mile trail that crosses through Wasco and Hood River counties. The eastern section begins in Mosier and heads five miles west. Leash up your pup and set out for a walk with stunning vistas, colorful wildflowers, and pine forests. This stretch is also home to the Twin Tunnels, one of Mosier’s most famous landmarks. Originally created to allow cars to pass through the basalt mountains, the tunnels are now a pawsome feature of the trail.
No bones about it, Mosier will make your pup one happy hound!
Treat your pup to a walk on the Waterfront Park Trail in East Mosier. Leash up your pup and begin your journey at the Totem Pole Plaza. Be sure to take time to look at the Totem in the center of the plaza. As Mosier’s most unique landmark, it celebrates the history of the small town. Follow the trail west as it safely guides you under a couple freeway overpasses, then places you right on the shore of the beautiful river. Your pooch will love feeling the sunshine on her back as she trots along. Enjoy spectacular waterfront and forested scenery. Don’t forget to bring clean up bags and plenty of water.
The Mosier Plateau Trail is the perfect way to get an up close look at this area’s beauty. Pack some water, snacks, and a leash, and head out for a puptastic adventure. The beginning of the three mile trail passes Mosier Pioneer Cemetery. Before continuing on, wander around and check out the graves of the town’s earliest settlers. Then follow the trail up switchbacks, past waterfalls (and Mosier’s secret swimming hole), and along Mosier Creek. When you finally make it to the top, your pup will be blown away by the pawsome views of the Columbia Gorge. Keep in mind, poison ivy is abundant, so make sure your pal sticks to the trail.
If your pooch needs a weekend away, pack up a tent and some sleeping bags and head over to the Memaloose State Park where you’ll find dozens of tent and RV sites nestled in groves of maples, willows, and cottonwood. Once you’re all set up, venture out on the 3.5 mile Memaloose Hills Trail for canine cardio. Known for its brilliant wildflower displays, this trail provides great views of Mount Hood and Mount Adams. Your furry BFF will be in heaven as she trounces through fields of balsamroot, lupine, desert parsley, and paintbrush. All this beauty does have a price; the area is known to have ticks, rattlesnakes, and poison oak, so keep a close eye on your four legged hiking buddy!
Need a new place to walk your dog? Drive 10 minutes west of Mosier to Hood River and pay a visit to the Hood River Waterfront Park. This pawsome park sits on the banks of the Columbia River and is known for its crescent shaped sandy beach. Although pups are not allowed on the beach, or in any swimming area, there are plenty of paths to keep your pooch occupied. She’ll still get to enjoy the riverfront scenery and will love spending time with her favorite human. Extend your walk outside of the park by following the Hood River Waterfront Trail. Remember to bring clean up bags and some water for your pal.
This neighborhood provides access to the pupular Indian Creek Trail system. Located 15 minutes away in Hood River, this trail is divided into three segments. No matter what section you follow, your pup is sure to have a furrific time. He’ll love getting his exercise while listening to the soothing babble of Indian Creek. Since the trail leads through lush groves of alder, dogwood, and willow and patches of vibrant wildflower covered hills, your pup will definitely get his fill of nature. The trail’s total mileage is just over three miles, so he’ll get a nice workout. No doubt about it, this trail will make his tail wag!