The storm system from the past few days should have deposited quite a bit of snow on Dog Mountain but I have not been able to find a current trail report. Let's assume that we'll do most of the hike in snow. If anyone finds a current trail report please post it in the comment section. I plan to bring both snow shoes and micro spikes but each member will make their own decision as to what to bring.
Dog Mountain is a deceptively difficult hike and will be more so given the snow. We'll go up the steeper trail and back down the not as steep one to make the descent a bit easier.
Distance: 6.8 miles
Difficulty: Difficult. Could be Very Difficult if we hit ice, which we could.
Time on trail: 4+ hours. Could be as long as six hours depending on what we find when we get there.
Distance from Portland: A bit over 50 miles. $10 for gas.
Bring: As of when this is posted the weather predictions call for nice weather on the 2nd but let's monitor during the week. Bring warm clothes and a good wind breaker. Snacks/ lunch and water. Ten essentials. We're not going to hike in the dark but bring a head lamp, just in case.
Snow shoes and micro spikes are optional but I'd advise bringing at least the micro spikes. Sturdy boots.
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