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adamschneiderEarly spring wildflowers  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 19, 2006

adamschneider

We took advantage of nearly perfect weather and hiked Dog Mountain today, April 19. It was a little windy at the trailhead and at the first viewpoint (at 1600'), but the summit meadow was dead calm (probably because the true summit was blocking the eastern breeze) under clear blue skies. The famous wildflower displays up top hadn't really started yet; there was no balsamroot at all, and the lupines were just starting to get leaves. But all along the trail, there were plenty of less-showy early spring wildflowers: buttercups, blue-eyed mary, filaree, prairie stars, spring beauty, etc.; and trillium and calypso in the woods.

Update: finally got my photos "processed": http://adamschneider.net/photos/2006-04-dm/
Posted Apr 19, 2006 11:15 pm

thetathreesWere going to practice navigation...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 2, 2006

thetathrees

Did this hike as a conditioner for the Mazamas BCEP. We were going to practice navigation, but clouds and fog obscured all our landmarks. :) Quite windy and c o l d at the top, so we ate lunch a little ways down, away from the wind.
Posted Apr 17, 2006 7:22 pm

Karl HelserDog of a Mtn.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 1, 2006

Karl Helser

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

LCannonRoute Climbed: Old and Newer Ways Dates: 1989, 1990, 2005  Sucess!

LCannon

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 CorizShort Getaway Up The Scenic Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 25, 2006

Garon Coriz

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

LeviRoute Climbed: More Difficult up, less difficult down  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 13, 2006

Levi

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

MtnTrollRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: May 1996  Sucess!
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

esullenderDate Climbed: April 9, 2005  Sucess!
Good training hike.
Posted Oct 12, 2005 1:59 pm

OmachePDXRoute Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: July 2004 mid-day  Sucess!

OmachePDX

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

jdstrongRoute Climbed: South Route (Easy Option) Date Climbed: 5/7/2005  Sucess!

jdstrong

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 RoseDate Climbed: June 13, 2005  Sucess!

Meredith Rose

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

charlatanDate Climbed: 3 May 2005

charlatan

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

leedog12Route Climbed: All Date Climbed: April 23, 2005  Sucess!
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

sauron93Route Climbed: Trail Date Climbed: April 2, 2005  Sucess!
fun convenient hike with a great view!
Posted May 10, 2005 1:51 am

wildstarRoute Climbed: Old Trail Date Climbed: April 21, 2005  Sucess!

wildstar

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

lostmanRoute Climbed: Scenic up / Augspurger down Date Climbed: November 11, 2004  Sucess!

lostman

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 NelsenRoute Climbed: south side trail Date Climbed: June 25th, 1999  Sucess!

Don Nelsen

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

DundeelRoute Climbed: Old Trail Date Climbed: 1980s  Sucess!

Dundeel

Rain and wind but good exercise.
Posted Sep 22, 2004 11:44 pm

rpcRoute Climbed: all the established trails Date Climbed: 4X  Sucess!

rpc

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

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

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