May 17, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Want to do Dog Mountain but don’t want to deal with the crowds? Love wildflowers? Well, this is the hike for you. We’ll start at the Oak Ridge Trailhead and work our way up scenic Oak Ridge, passing hanging meadows and outstanding views of Mount Hood, towering over the Hood River Valley. When we hit the top of Surveyor Ridge we’ll turn left and hike out to the summit of Bald Butte, which features more outstanding views and (hopefully) fields of wildflowers. Plan on a stop for festive malted beverages after the hike, as we’ll be just uphill from Hood River. Hike: 8.4 miles out and back, 2,300 feet elevation gain. Drive: 140 miles RT. Meet at Gateway Transit Center, SE corner of the parking garage, 9 AM. Leader: Matt Reeder and Karl Langenwalter.