Dog Mountain Climber's Log
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|Karl Helser||Dog of a Mtn. |
Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2006
|Not the best time of the year to do this one but a good Mazama BCEP conditioner anyway... Sunshine at the bottom and fog, rain, & snow at the top.|
|Posted Apr 5, 2006 1:00 pm|
|LCannon||Route Climbed: Old and Newer Ways Dates: 1989, 1990, 2005|
|My sister and I first tried this in about 1989, we came to the sign that said Difficult and Most Difficult and silly girls that we are chose the Most Difficult way. We later learned that this was the "old" route and it was VERY steep. I joked that if you fell while going uphill you wouldn't hurt yourself as the trail in front of you was only a foot from your nose! We came down the "Difficult" more scenic route. I got a bit nervous on the climb towards the summit while turning around and looking down, not a good idea when you're afraid of heights. We had a nice picnic lunch at the top. It was a bit too early in the spring for the Balsam flowers to be in bloom yet, but some of the early wildflowers were out. |
The next time we climbed it, was just a few days too late for the "yellow show" and it was HOT, rocky and dry.
I took my 13 year old daughter in 2005 again and we only made it half way up before returning.
For all it's popularity it's not my favorite gorge hike. Too many rocks, too exposed to sun and weather, too many people, not the trail if you enjoy solitude, and the views are nice but I find Hamilton Mountain just as lovely. Then there's the rattlesnakes.......every year someone seems to need rescueing after getting bitten by one.
All in all a fun trail, I'm glad I did it....but I think I'll do Indian Point on the Oregon side again, or Hamilton Mountain, or Starvation Ridge.....
|Posted Mar 1, 2006 3:22 am|
|Garon Coriz||Short Getaway Up The Scenic Route |
Date Climbed: Feb 25, 2006
|There were a lot of people (+22) and a half dozen dogs. Everyone was nice, including the dogs. There wasn't much snow until the top 100 feet or so, but there was crusted ice beneath the vegetation the whole way. The view is great.|
|Posted Feb 25, 2006 9:16 pm|
|Levi||Route Climbed: More Difficult up, less difficult down |
Date Climbed: Feb 13, 2006
|Stared at 7:30AM expecting snow (but there was none). Reached the summit at 9:30AM. We took our time on the trip down, back to the TH at 12:40PM. Great hike. The weather was good except for all the clouds|
|Posted Feb 14, 2006 12:14 am|
|MtnTroll||Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: May 1996|
|Great hike. Windy, and caught in a nice little storm at the sumit, but this was a good one. Not the best hike to break in new boots, but...|
|Posted Jan 6, 2006 1:42 pm|
|esullender||Date Climbed: April 9, 2005|
|Good training hike.|
|Posted Oct 12, 2005 1:59 pm|
|OmachePDX||Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: July 2004 mid-day|
|This was a fun little hike, with great views of the Gorge. Hike up, lunch, and hike down seemed like a good idea. I recommend doing this hike early in the morning, what a trip that could be!|
(Note to self: do not hike in the afternoon on the hottest day of the year!)
|Posted Jul 29, 2005 3:41 pm|
|jdstrong||Route Climbed: South Route (Easy Option) Date Climbed: 5/7/2005|
|Early in the spring the entire moutain blooms with wild flowers for some of the best photo opportunities. An excellent training hike for the early season.|
|Posted Jul 12, 2005 12:46 am|
|Meredith Rose||Date Climbed: June 13, 2005|
|I have climbed this many times over the last 4 years, but the most recent was June 13th. There was a sign at the trailhead that warned of aggressive cougar activity and said "hike at your own risk". However I always hike with my 2 large dogs so I rarely see any wildlife. The wildflowers are just past their peak, but still impressive. I never get tired of this hike. It is steep enough to get my heart pumping, and the view from the top is always worthwhile.|
|Posted Jun 17, 2005 9:37 am|
|charlatan||Date Climbed: 3 May 2005|
|Second time on Dog Mountain. Both times I have seen a bear (the first, a little one on Augspurger last June and this time a big one on the Augspurger trail on Dog Mountain itself). What is the probability of that?|
Decent views over the Gorge and of semi-obscured Adams and St Helens this time.
|Posted Jun 12, 2005 11:20 pm|
|leedog12||Route Climbed: All Date Climbed: April 23, 2005|
|This was my 5th Dog Mountain summit hike. Great training mountain with a bit of weight in my pack. 1:12 up for a total round trip time of 2:10. Could have gone a bit faster on the descent if it were not so darn rainy!!|
|Posted Jun 12, 2005 2:28 pm|
|sauron93||Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: April 2, 2005|
|fun convenient hike with a great view!|
|Posted May 10, 2005 1:51 am|
|wildstar||Route Climbed: Old Trail Date Climbed: April 21, 2005|
|Fun hike with nice views of the gorge. Did as a hike to stretch our legs before a Mt. Hood attempt.|
|Posted Apr 21, 2005 8:47 pm|
|lostman||Route Climbed: Scenic up / Augspurger down Date Climbed: November 11, 2004|
|Great hike on a really nice day. Lots of atmospheric haze in the Gorge and an amazing sunset.|
|Posted Nov 12, 2004 12:31 am|
|Don Nelsen||Route Climbed: south side trail Date Climbed: June 25th, 1999|
|I'd climbed this as early as the late 70's but failed to log it. Done it about 12 times over the years and it's always a great little hike. Saw a couple of baby rattlesnakes on the trail on the west side last year.|
|Posted Nov 10, 2004 11:40 pm|
|Dundeel||Route Climbed: Old Trail Date Climbed: 1980s|
|Rain and wind but good exercise.|
|Posted Sep 22, 2004 11:44 pm|
|rpc||Route Climbed: all the established trails Date Climbed: 4X|
|This is a great hike! Have done it four times (always with our dog) in winter and early spring. Will make it out there sometime in late spring to check out the wild flower displays. |
|Posted Aug 30, 2004 4:13 pm|
|Soup||Route Climbed: Scenic Up/ old trail down Date Climbed: June 17, 2004|
|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|
|cmc56789||Route Climbed: Scenic up / Ausperger down Date Climbed: December, 2002; April 27, 2004; May 19, 2004|
|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.acar||Route Climbed: Standard loop Date Climbed: April 25th, 2004|
|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|