Total Miles: 15
Elevation Gain: 5500
Pace: 2.5 - 3.0 mph
Difficulty Rating: Difficult
Estimated Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Permits: NW Forest Pass for drivers
Dogs: No dogs on this one.
CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 100 miles, give or take; suggest a mileage donation $10.00 per person. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!
My hiking style we do stop for pictures and to enjoy the scenery, the pace while moving is a bit quicker than average. We stop at all trail junctions and wait for the group to gather together. We keep a loose point and sweep system where anybody can be upfront (point) or behind (sweep). When doing so if you are ahead you are point and should stop at every fork or intersection to regroup. If you are last, you are sweep and should maintain awareness that nobody is behind you.. If you need to step off the trail, you must let someone know. Please silence your cell phone while on the hike. I also encourage people to find conversation topics other than work.
Last time I was on this trail it was very brushy, long pants and long sleeve shirt recommended, Gaiters probably a good idea. Starting from the Dog Mtn Trailhead, we will be taking the Augspurger trail as it climbs 2200 ft in 2.8 miles offering glimpses of the scenic gorge views to the west, after a few trail intersections and some more climbing the trail pops out onto a open ridgeline, goes through a few meadows, and eventualy puts us at the Augspurger Mtn summit offering views of Mt St Helens, Rainer, Adams, and Silver Star. On the way back, we will take the trail over to Dog Mtn to see the wildflowers, then follow the Dog Mtn trail back to the parking area.
What to bring:
Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks.
Layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!).
Rain gearSafety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended).
The 10 essentials*
Trekking poles (never a bad idea)
Lunch, snacks and plenty of water
Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter. For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.
Please note if the hike is full, you can choose to be notified of a open spot . What this means is that if a spot opens up everyone who wants a spot will automatically receive an e-mail notifying them of the opening. The first person (whether on the waiting list or not) to RSVP gets the spot.