October 6, 2012
DIFFICULTY RATING: Mildly difficult
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 5-6 hours depending on the size of the group
ELEVATION GAIN: 2,860’
APPROXIMATE RETURN TIME: 4:00 PM
WEATHER FORECAST: Sunny and 73 degrees
PERMITS: Northwest Forest Pass, etc
$$$: Bring money if you want to join us for food/libations afterwards
Suggested donation for outing: $2.00 for members
CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 0.10/mile. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers.
How To Find Us: We will meet at 8:30 AM at the carpool site at the Fred Meyers on Mill Plain in Vancouver, WA. Take the Mill Plain exit off I-205 and go one block east on Mill Plain to the Fred Meyer parking lot at the intersection of Mill Plain and Chkalov Drive. We will meet in the NE corner of the lot. Despite the name, this is no place to take a dog.
The Hike: Leaving the Dog Mountain Trail Head on WA highway 14 in the Columbia River Gorge, we will take it easy going up the first 10 switchbacks, which gain 700 feet in a half a mile. Next stop is the lower viewpoint which has great views of the river. We will make the difficult ascent up the final quad-eating slopes to the open meadow just below the summit. It’s really worth the effort. Here you will see some of the best scenery in the NW. Bring cameras for the Gorge and the imposing sight of Mt. Defiance across the River, which is 2,000 feet higher than the top of Dog. After lunch at the summit, we will return via the loop around the NW side of the mountain.
Here is the NOAA Weather forecast for next Saturday: Saturday mostly sunny, with a high near 72.
If you have questions about the hike or what to bring, call Mike Newsham at [masked] or Bob Rowton at [masked]. These cell numbers will work for communication purposes on the day of the hike.
Note-this is a carbon neutral outing, $.25/person from outings donation is used to offset carbon released for the trip
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
• Water (min 2 quarts/person)
• Lunch and snacks
• Water resistant hiking boots/shoes
• A water-resistant hat, Rain jacket and pants (even if sunny out)
• Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary
• Headlamp or flashlight
• Matches (stored in a water tight container in addition to matches or a butane lighter)
• First aid supplies (be sure to include an extra day of any medication you are taking or might
• Pocket knife
• $$ for gas and food afterward
Other items (as appropriate)
• Gloves or mittens
• Trekking poles
• Warm jacket
• Extra food (enough for one extra day)