11 miles of hiking • 4750' elevation gain •
Headed east through a snowy Columbia Gorge, and finally ended up at the Dog Mountain trailhead... Put on the microspikes before leaving the jeep, and left them on until our return many hours later. Headed north on the Augspurger trail, and just kept going until we hit the powerlines clearing just below 3000'. The summit ahead was firmly in the clouds, with no real sign of improvement, so we decided this was "good enough!" for now and we'd go visit the summit of Dog for sunset.
All in all, I'm not sure I've been on very many hikes more beautiful than this! Forget the flowers... Dog was simply stunning today!!!