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This should be a great weekend to climb Dog Mountain in the Columbia Gorge, with wildflowers hopefully near their peak. If you've not done this hike before, it is definitely strenuous, but with plenty of reward (in the form of stunning views and wildflower displays) to make it all worthwhile. We'll plan to do a challenging 7-mile loop from the trailhead, heading up the steep switchbacks and open meadows to the summit, then down the west flank of the mountain and back to the cars via Augspurger Mountain trail. (The only downside: don't expect solitude...it's the popular season to climb Dog, so you should expect plenty of company on the trail and at the summit! Just keep in mind that there's a good reason why the hike is so popular!)
Elevation gain: 2820 feet
Hike distance: 7 miles
Hiking time: roughly 4 hours, plus some time to relax at the top if it's nice
We'll meet at Gateway and carpool to the start of the trail...we should be on the trail by 10am, and back to the cars by mid to late afternoon. The after-hike plan is to stop for a drink and bite to eat at Walking Man Brewing in Stevenson WA. I'd anticipate we'll be back to Portland by 6 or 7pm, but as always I can't guarantee it. If you really need to be back by a specific time, please don't sign up!
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My hiking style: I'm a pretty tireless hiker, but I do pause for photos, viewpoints, and/or snack breaks whenever the scenery demands it. My outings tend to be more about enjoying your surroundings than reaching the 'finish line' at an aggressive pace, although I tend to keep a moderate to quick pace (2-2.5 mph) when we're on the move. I like keeping the group somewhat together on the trail and not leaving anyone behind. Most of all, I want it to be an enjoyable day out for everyone! Please email me with questions, or if you're unsure whether this hike is for you.
Total driving distance: roughly 100 miles round-trip.
Costs: Suggested $10 per person to driver for gas (may vary depending on each car's gas mileage). I'm not aware of any parking fees on either end.
What to bring: sunscreen, 1-2 liters of water, snacks (and lunch) for the trail, hiking poles (if you use them), camera, cash for your driver. Dress in layers (bring a waterproof layer just in case), and leave the cotton at home. I always encourage you to have the 'ten essentials' along (see The Fine Print below).
Sorry, no dogs...
THE FINE PRINT:
- There's a manual waiting list for this event, meaning that when someone on the YES list drops out, everyone waitlisted gets an email noting that there's a spot open. First one to the open spot gets it.
- The 'ten essentials' to always have in your pack generally include: Map/compass (and advance understanding of where you're going!), sun protection, extra clothes, extra food, extra water, headlamp/flashlight (and spare batteries), first aid kit, matches/firestarter, knife/tools, and a whistle if you need to signal for help. You should always be prepared in case you get separated from the rest of the group and/or have to spend a night on your own in the wilderness.
- As a Meetup organizer, I'm an unpaid volunteer. While I always try to ensure a safe and enjoyable outing for everyone, by signing up for this event you assume full responsibility for your own health, safety, and well-being for its entire duration, including while traveling to and from both the meeting place and destination.
- I welcome other NW Wilderness Organizers to sign up for and join my events; it's always great to have you guys along. I do, however, reserve the right to move you to the Waiting List if I decide to move qualified and Waitlisted non-organizers to the YES list.
- I also reserve the right to remove anyone from my events if I'm concerned that their ability or fitness level will slow down the rest of the group. If there is a waiting list, I may remove anyone with multiple past 'no-shows' to the 'no' list to make room for those who may be more reliable.