Dog + Augsperger Viewpoint 25-Aug-2009

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Dog + Augsperger Viewpoint 25-Aug-2009

Post by VanMarmot » April 25th, 2009, 9:50 am

My hiking is always motivated by a desire for views and, at this time of year, minmum contact with old, crappy snow. So, despite having done it a bunch this year, I headed for Dog, where the views were glorious on this sunny spring day.
1 Gorge from lower viewpoint.JPG
However, the poison oak was growing lush, fast, and furious on the lower trail, so I'd be wary of venturing off the trail (or letting your dog wander off) below the first trail junction. The balsamroot wasn't out yet, but several other flowers and plants were active.
2 Flower.JPG
3 Flower.JPG
4 Flower.JPG
After reaching Dog and its views,
5 Gorge from near Dog summit.JPG
I was planning on just doing the usual loop back to the parking lot. However, when I got to the junction with the Augsperger (or Augspurger on some maps) Trail,
6 Augsperger sign.JPG
I decided it would be something new to hike up to the second viewpoint on the Augsperger trail - where the trees and open ground intersect at the top of the peak in this view:
7 Augsperger viewpoint from Dog Mtn trail.JPG
From the junction, the Augsperger trail drops 300', crosses a saddle, and climbs briefly to a junction with a road. You go right on that road and then straight under the powerlines to a junction with a continuation of the trail. The trail heads north (and is less well maintained) and then makes a hair-pin turn south at about 2800'. I almost lost the trail in snow here
8 Trail to Augsperger.JPG
but was able to pick it up as it climbed up and south until it reached an open area
9 Approaching Augsperger viewpoint.JPG
before turning north again just before reaching the viewpoint - from where you can see the summit of Dog about 2 miles away,
10 Dog and gorge from Augsperger viewpoint.JPG
and also the summits of Hood and Defiance.
11 Dog from Augsperger viewpoint.JPG
Getting to this viewpoint adds about 3.5 miles and 1400' gain to a Dog Mtn hike (including the 300' climb back up to the trail junction) - but was well worth it for the unique views and reason (as if I needed one) to spend more time hiking.

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