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Augspurger Mountain
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Augspurger Mountain

 
Augspurger Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 45.75340°N / 121.7089°W

Object Title: Augspurger Mountain

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 3667 ft / 1118 m

 

Page By: Brian Jenkins

Created/Edited: Jun 22, 2007 / Jun 22, 2007

Object ID: 303904

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Overview


Bored with Dog Mountain in the Gorge? Why not think about kicking it up a notch for something almost twice as long with over 4000 feet of gain (that isn’t named Defiance or Ruckel). Just to the north of Dog is Augspurger Mountain that can be accessed from the Dog Mountain trailhead via the aptly named Augspurger Mountain Trail. This Gorge hike is much less traveled (slightly overgrown just after it branches off from Dog Mountain) and you still get to see a plethora of wildflowers in season through a series of about 10 small open ridges and meadows along the way. Yes, you use a forest road for a short distance and you do cross under some power lines but you won’t have to deal with the masses of tourons on this hike. You’ll be lucky if you see anyone. The summit doesn’t have the views of Dog but this one is satisfying in its own way nonetheless.

There really currently is only one way to hike this one although there are plans to extend the trail from the current terminus of the trail in a gravel pit on the north side of the peak to

Getting There

From Portland, the quickest way is to take I-84 east to the Cascade Locks exit (#44). Take the Bridge of the Gods ($1 toll) across the Columbia River and turn right onto Washington Highway 14. Head east on Hwy 14 for 12 miles. Between mileposts 53 and 54, the large Dog Mountain Trailhead parking lot is on the left. The drive should take you about an hour to an hour and twenty minutes from Portland.

If you don't want to deal with the toll, just take either I5 or I-205 from Portland across the Columbia to Highway 14 and go east to the same point. It is slower and takes longer to do this though (maybe 20 minutes more).

If you are coming from the east you will either be on Highway 14 in Washington or Interstate 84 and you take it to the same place, the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks, OR.

Cool maps that might help you out.

Red Tape

Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the trailhead. If you do not already have an annual pass, you can get those at most outdoor stores in the area (GI Joe's, REI, etc). You can also purchase a day pass at the trailhead (self-service station there).

Camping

Camping is not allowed. This is a day hike anyway. It's doubtful anyone will drive from any distance to stay here and climb Dog Mountain but if needed, there are motels in nearby Stevenson, WA and Hood River, OR as well as Cascade Locks, OR.

When To Climb

Year round, snowshoes helpful in winter.

Mountain Conditions

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
902 Wasco Street
Suite 200
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 308-1700
TTY (541) 386-8758


Current trail and road conditions in the CRGNSA

Images

Red ColumbineTree trunks and vine mapleDevils ClubPearly EverlastingHillsideAugspurgerVanilla leaf
Lots of colorUh....Augspurger ridgeMeadows