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SoupRoute Climbed: Scenic Up/ old trail down Date Climbed: June 17, 2004  Sucess!

Soup

I was on the trail by 5:30 am to beat the heat and huffed on up a nice and quiet trail. The wildflowers looked like they were sufferin' from our coming summer sun; about a quarter were burned out, but the three-fourths remaining were great! There were clear skies like crazy; Hood, Adams, and St. Helens all showed up.



When I was eating breakfast up top, two deer crossed the meadow not more then 25 feet away from me. On my decent, I walked right up on a rattle snake eating his own chipmunk breakfast. I do believe that there is nothing like the sound of that rattle!

Posted Jun 17, 2004 4:02 pm

cmc56789Route Climbed: Scenic up / Ausperger down Date Climbed: December, 2002; April 27, 2004; May 19, 2004  Sucess!

cmc56789

December, 2002 - Hiked in the wind and rain and had no view. could barely see Wind Mountain.

April, 2004 - Hiked on a windy and suny day and had great views of the whitecaps on the columbia, Mt defiance, the top of Hood, Mt St Helens, and down the gorge. Also a lot of wildflowers in bloom. took about an hour and half to the top. very windy and pretty crowded. I would hate to see it on a weekend.

May, 2004 - I did this to wrap up a 4 summit day. It was preceded by Lookout Mountain, Bald Butte, and Mount Defiance. I saw quite a few people headed down as i was going up. Pretty cloudy, but i still had decent views of Hood, Defiance, and the Gorge. It was an appropriate finale to my day since it got dark on the way down and then it started to lightning. I saw a lot of flashes for the final mile or so, but didn't start hearing thunder until i was back to my truck and safe.

December 2006 - hiked up to a snow covered mostly viewless summit.

March 29, 2007 - Great hike with Jen and Dosha on a perfect day. Could see St Helens, Adams, and part of Hood along with the other gorge peaks. Even found the geocache at the top just for fun! had burgers and beer in Hood River before heading back to OC.
Posted Apr 28, 2004 3:48 pm

e.acarRoute Climbed: Standard loop Date Climbed: April 25th, 2004  Sucess!
Climbed with Olga. Flowers were blooming but not yet at their peak. Nice weather with a clear view of gorge.
Posted Apr 28, 2004 11:02 am

jtschanzRoute Climbed: Augsburger Mtn Trail, Dog Mtn Trail Date Climbed: April 25, 2004  Sucess!

jtschanz

This is always a great hike - and I was surprised by how many wildflowers were already in bloom. I had intended on doing the Augsberger Mtn hike, but after realizing that I didn't have enough time for the 15-mile loop I cut over to Dog Mountain instead. Great views and unusually warm weather - definitely didn't feel like April!!
Posted Apr 26, 2004 4:45 pm

M and N DenyerRoute Climbed: Scenic Up/Old Trail Down Date Climbed: April 11, 2004  Sucess!

M and N Denyer

This was my first time doing this hike--I can see why it is so popular. The views were incredible. (See Brian Jenkins' log). I definitely plan to do this hike many more times.--Natasha
Posted Apr 12, 2004 10:17 am

mountainlionRoute Climbed: Scenic route Date Climbed: July or Aug 2003  Sucess!

mountainlion

Set off around 3pm with running shoes. Made summit Via Scenic Route in 1 hour 8 min. Back Down to the car in another 36 minutes. As if my brother and I weren't beat enough we scrambled up beacon rock immediately following. Shooting for 50 min to the top this year.
Posted Mar 21, 2004 1:08 am

thepluggerRoute Climbed: Up Augsberger Mtn Trail, down middle Dog Mtn Trail. Date Climbed: March 13, 2004  Sucess!

theplugger

Up here in Twisp we were getting Spring Fever, since the snow hasn't melted out enough for access to our local trails. So we made a trip down to the Columbia River Gorge for some conditioning hikes. Got to the top of Dog Mtn but didn't do the additional Augsberger Mtn. Great views. No sun, but then again, no rain. So it was a great day.
Posted Mar 19, 2004 8:48 pm

sshankleRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: June 02  Sucess!

sshankle

Nice training run. Good scenery. I was weathered off all of my more serious aspirations my second trip out west in 02, so I ran up this thing to relieve my frustration... But thats part of it.
Posted Mar 18, 2004 5:42 pm

Kevin SealRoute Climbed: Both Dog Mountain Trails Date Climbed: Jan., 2003:July, 2003(twice)  Sucess!

Kevin Seal

Classic Columbia River Gorge hike. Climbed it last Jan., and then twice in July. Tends to be quite crowded in the summer, so I would recommend leaving early. But, as my father likes to say "I've never had a bad day on this mountain".
Posted Mar 11, 2004 5:01 pm

DeanRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: Feb 29, 2004  Sucess!

Dean

Great conditioner and a chance to get out of the house and hike with great friends (the Boltons). Its a 160 mile drive from Kennewick but well worth it considering the company I had on this hike. We did the complete loop and met a fellow SP'er on the summit (David Jordan).


Some snow on the trail and a great view of the gorge on this rather non sunny day. At least it didn't rain.
Posted Mar 3, 2004 10:36 pm

farkenclimbinDate Climbed: September 1995  Sucess!

farkenclimbin

It was a long hot day, but we made it.
Posted Feb 10, 2004 8:49 pm

darinchadwickRoute Climbed: A good trail Date Climbed: summer 1997  Sucess!

darinchadwick

This isn't just for plant lovers. It's a great training hike, and there are some interesting basalt formations passed on the way.
Posted Feb 4, 2004 10:12 am

Bob BoltonRoute Climbed: All Date Climbed: At least once per year for many years  Sucess!

Bob Bolton

This hike is a standard springtime conditioner for me. I like it best in May while the flowers are at their peak. Because the trail is on a south-facing slope I usually avoid it in summer - too hot! I usually do the Scenic Route up and the Augspurger trail down, which makes a nice loop hike.
Posted Feb 2, 2004 10:06 am

dkantolaRoute Climbed: All Date Climbed: 9x  Sucess!

dkantola

This mountain can be very crowded on weekends. Great views of Hood River, Mt. Defiance, and Mt. Adams. My best time is 1 hr 9 min up, 30 min down. This is the best trail in the Gorge to do laps on for training as it is one of the steepest on average.
Posted Feb 2, 2004 3:05 am

Brian JenkinsRoute Climbed: All of them Date Climbed: Multiple  Sucess!

Brian Jenkins

4/7/02- Did Old Trail up and Augspurger Trail down. Windy and cold up top, sunny and warm on the descent.



11/20/03- Scenic Trail up with longer finish up the back side. Mt. St. Helens visible to the west. Up in 1 hr 55 min, down in 55 min.



1/18/04- Scenic up and back. Snowshoes needed and was a bit off route on a ridge up from the lower viewpoint (although I never saw that as I shortcut straight up in the snow before it). Stopped about 300 feet from the summit as it was still really icy and steep from the recent nasty ice storm and I did not have proper crampons.



2/1/04- Old Trail up, Scenic Route down. Did this as a final tune-up for upcoming Mexico trip. Saw coyote from summit in the meadow below me. Put on crampons for the descent to treeline. Nice and beautifully sunny day. After I finished this one, I went and did Wind Mountain to get in 4000 feet today. Up in 1 hr 45 minutes, down in about 50 minutes.



4/11/04- Scenic up, Old Trail down. Hiked up with my friend Natasha on Easter Sunday after doing Rooster Rock in the morning, thus completing our Animal Climb Theme Day. Very warm day. Up in 1 hour 30 minutes, down in 1 hour 5 minutes. TONS of people there today, the parking lot was full. A little bit early for the wildflowers, they are just starting to come up. Climb this one in about a month and it should be spectacular. Fun day and best views from the summit today I've ever had. Oh, and there were probably 30 dogs on this mountain today.



5/22/04- Scenic up with longer backside finish, Old Trail down. Hiked up with friend, Mark. Gentle rain gave way to steady rain which gave way to driving nasty rain up top. Soaked. Amazing wildflowers though. Visibility was about 100 yards and golden flowers stretched as far as I could see. Same time up and down as 6 weeks earlier.



12/4/04- Augspurger up in 1 hour 36 minutes. Longer backside starting down then Scenic route down in 1 hour 10 minutes. Started up at 1:40 pm so made it down just before dark. Was kind of a race I was having with myself. I was the last one off the mountain today.



2/13/05- Old Trail up and down. Was headed to do something else near Hood but heavy snow at that trailhead made me do my old fallback peak. Up in 1 hour 25 minutes, down in 1 hour 3 minutes.



5/1/05- Old Trail up and down. Started up about dawn. Hit sunlight on Puppy Dog Mountain. Summitted in 1 hr 13 mins. Hood was brilliant white below the half moon and next to Defiance. Two deer (or elk) were feeding in the meadow below over towards the Augspurger Trail. Down in 52 mins. Almost got up and down before anyone else was on the mountain but rain into two parties low on the trail back. Great clear Gorge morning. The flowers are just starting to come out. Lots of small alpine ones that were white, bluish and purple. The big yellow ones are just starting to bud. A couple more weeks and the display should be in full force.



1/15/06- Scenic Trail up, Old Trail down. Snowy and windy in the meadow. Rimed up plants and stinging sleet blowing in my face. I was the first one on the mountain today.



3/26/06- Scenic Up, Backway to Puppy Dog, Old Trail down. Great hike up with Anette. Windy as usual up top and blowing snow. Took the more sheletered way from the summit back through the trees down but ran into TONS of blowdown. Lots of big trees down made for some scrambling and bushwhacking to get around it. Cruised down and went on to Wind Mountain.



6/3/06 Climbed Dog's Tooth Ridge with Karl and Colleen, what a day!



12/17/06 Up Old Trail in 2 hours 4 minutes. Snow up top. Watched the C-130 circle Hood looking for the 3 missing climbers. Smoke rising out of Saint Helens too. Beautiful morning, calm and pink dawn skies. Down Old Trail in 1 hour and back in Portland before 10 am.



9/9/07 Scenic up in 1 hour 31 minutes, Old Trail down in 48 minutes. Think it might be my fastest time yet. Beautiful morning, squadron of WWII planes flew through the Gorge below. Back home by 11 am to watch the first Sunday of the football season.



1/26/08 With Jim, hiked up Scenic Route in increasing snow. Came down Augspurger in lots of snow that just kept increasing. Got stuck in Cascade Locks overnight as I-84 was shut down due to the storm.



6/8/08 Up Old Trail 1 hour 25 minutes, down Old Trail 50 minutes. Home by 11 am.



11/16/08 started just before dawn at about 6:20-6:30 am, went up Old Trail, at summit 7:53 am. Unusual warm breeze up there. So nice when you are the only one on this mountain. Back down the same way in 45 minutes. Almost made it back down before I saw anyone but there was a couple just below the 7th switchback from the TH on the way down. Back home by 9:45 am. Small squirrel came down a tree and chirped at me from a low branch on the way up.



3/1/09 With Luna. Think we went up new trail and down the old. Meadow was snowy and icy, not what I expected this late in the season.



5/31/09 With Luna again to see the flowers. I was there early and I think half of Portland was already. Was ridiculous. Fortunately, most take the easier route and we didn't see anyone from the lower junction to the summit. Flowers in full bloom. Up the old trail, through the woods from the summit to Puppy Dog Mountain and the down the old again in just over 2 hours.



3/14/10 With Luna again, up the Scenic Trail in about an hour and a half, snowy up top, down the Scenic as well in about 50 minutes.



7/25/10 With Luna, up Scenic Trail 1 hr 31 minutes, down Old Trail 49 minutes. Surprisingly few people this morning as we did not start until 8:37 am. Trail getting overgrown, especially the last bit to the summit meadow with weeds taller than me we had to fight through. Old Trail is better and less overgrown though.



12/31/10 With Luna. Cold day but sunny. Still working off the holiday weight I just gained so up in 1 hr 30, down in 1 hr. Lots of snow. Old Trail up and down.



4/3/11 With Luna and Karl. Scenic Trail up in front of a horde of Mazamas. Old Trail down. About 1 hr 30 mns up, 1 hr down.



1/1/13 With Luna and Jim. Have I really not done this is almost 2 years? Maybe I missed a hike or two in there. Today was cold and windy, really nasty above Puppy Dog Mountain and much more like a Hogsback climb in steep snowy steps up what is normally the meadow. Lots of rime and stinging wind. Huge group (probably the goofy Mazamas) of 17 tromping things to bits this day. Good hike nonetheless. Jim and Luna are great to hike with.



8/18/13 Up solo via Old Trail in 1 hr 20 mins (darn, was trying to break my record). Down same way in 49 minutes. Sunny warm day.
Posted Feb 2, 2004 2:50 am

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