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NickyPTaming the Dog?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 27, 2007
Summing up the weather in one word: Nasty. I'm pretty sure I made it up top, but with winds about 20 to 30 mph, being pelted with ice and almost zero visibility, I couldn't tell as is being my first time up there. I got the workout I wanted going up the "Old Trail".
Posted Apr 3, 2007 9:47 am

vcrewpc06Route Climbed: Various  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2006


I've climbed dog mountain numerous times taking virtually every combination of trail routes possible. My most recent was in June of 2006. One of my favorite day hikes in the gorge.
Posted Mar 26, 2007 4:27 am

BSPclimberScenic route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 28, 2007


Quality hike... up in 1:45, down in an hour. Took the scenic route, then the left fork through the summit meadow after Puppy Dog. Just a bit of snow at the top, although the trees were full of rime ice, pretty cool, except when the wind blew it down all over me. Around 30 degrees near the summit, with winds around 35-45 mph from Puppy Dog on. Did again with Mazamas BCEP class, up scenic, down Ausperger...also a nice trail. Light rain and no views.
Posted Jan 29, 2007 6:38 pm

AeldrinClimbed during some lovely weather  Sucess!


Climbed while a really incredible fog bank covered the area. Every now and then we would hit an overlook obscured by clouds, only to tantalizingly(sp?) see the valley below occasionally peak out. Went up again a few times again later and it wasn't nearly as fun as the first time up.
Posted Jan 23, 2007 1:03 am

GrrlA kid's first love...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 1997


This is a great trail for kids, they really get a sense of accomplishment out of it as long as you don't push them too hard! I was 11 when I first climbed this trail and was hooked. I've climbed it several times every year since, often leading kids.
The Old Trail is a muddy luge track after anything more than a light rain, so I stick to the more gradual Scenic Trail or Augsperger Trail in the Spring. The Augsperger Trail is becoming quite overgrown in several parts, so dress accordingly if your plans take you there.
My personal favorite hike on these trails is up the Scenic Trial and down the Old Trail.
If hiking with kids budget at least 3 hours up, but it will rarely take that long.
Absolutely beautiful all year! I just can't get enough of Dog!
Posted Jan 22, 2007 8:32 pm

sparklehorseOld up, Augsperger down.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2006
Flowers were spectacular. Crowds out in full force. Great hike on a somewhat cool and breezy day.
Posted Jun 24, 2006 10:48 pm

awilsondcRoute Climbed: Scenic Route Date Climbed: June 9, 2006  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2006


Finally made it up to good 'ol Dog Mountain. Good hike and good views.
Posted Jun 10, 2006 3:57 am

jimsiffRoute Climbed: Old and Scenic, July '01, March '06  Sucess!


Nice hike up the old route the first time. Came back the scenic route. Did it again in March before the flowers bloomed. I'll be back before the yellow show is over.
Posted May 8, 2006 11:46 pm

burtonWhat Wildflowers!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 24, 2006


It's quality; not quantity that matters.
Saw lots of Calypso bulbosa (aka Fairyslipper orchids) along the longer route up. First time for me, so I took lots of pictures.

Also saw Duchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) for the first time. I really hit the jackpot. :)

The mountain was infested with blooming trilliums.

The 2-hour climb took it's toll on me, but not enough to deter us from moving on to Wind Mountain, where the flowers repeated themselves. I'll be doing both of these again in the immediate future.
Posted Apr 26, 2006 7:19 pm

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


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


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!


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


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!


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!


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

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