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My last hike up Dog was back in January when I ran into Idler on the summit. This Friday was the completely opposite experience, the kind of Oregon day that is not to be wasted on any indoor activity. In January, the lower viewpoint marked the point where one entered the murky white-out swaddling the upper slopes of Dog. Last Friday, it was actually a viewpoint.The trail was largely free of snow (probably not any more after this weekend) until just below the summit. The summit provided a clear view of St Helens and a "trifecta" view of the summits of Dog, Hood, and Defiance. Such was not the case in January. We haven't had a very hard winter this year, but a day like Friday does make one look forward to more sunshine.