Augspurger Mountain Hike (Dog and CAT) is a 14.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Stevenson, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from February until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
14+ miles and 5000 delicious feet of gain, views, and pain. Start out with Dog, and finish with CAT (the Cook-Augspurger Traverse). Hike to the summit of Dog Mountain, then continue NNW as if you were doing the Augspurger loop back to the parking lot. But when you hit the trailhead to Augspurger Mountain, head north, and... it's on! When you reach the summit of Augspurger (the highest point in a deeply wooded area), wander east about 20-30ft and you'll find a trail that descends and meanders to Cook mountain. Past the radio towers a few miles later, take the road to the right (when you've a choice of several) and that'll get you back to Cook and your car.
It's a good hike with mixed Terrain you basically hike up the west side of dog for three-quarters of the way up then you go down around eight hundred feet or so and then you go right back up again the middle sections pretty overgrown yes its harder than Dog But its also twice as far so yes you need to be in good hiking shape took me 4 hrs 10 min from parking lot to summit and back that's also trail running so plan on 6 to 7 hr for normal hikers and probably 8 to 10 for backpackers also bring lots of water none that I seen along the way to restock lots of berries the really good views are on the way up to summit so take lots of pics have fun
An amazing, yet under appreciated trail. It's quite over grown after it meets up with the Dog Mountain trail and there are more than a few downed trees crossing the trail. However it's worth the trek out to the end. Trust me.
this is a hard hike, but worth it! the actual summit is in the trees, but if you follow the trail to left it takes you down to an opening with great views. the day I did it, it was very clear, saw St Helens, Rainier, and Adams(you see Hood on the on the way up). also tons of flowers are starting to really come out. Parking is terrible, it is very crowded. the crowds thin out(a lot) when you leave the dog mountain trail.
You have choices:
1. You can do Augspurger Mountain up and out of Dog, and then go down back the way you came.
2. You can do the legit Dog and CAT.
Both will put some serious burn in your legs, but Dog and CAT will also put a serious smile on your face. The ridge hike descending east and then SE from the Augspurger Summit to the gorge is truly breathtaking and gives some gorge views that most haven't seen.
Many recommend going past the Augspurger summit north for a 1/4mi or so too for some great views, as the summit itself is uneventful--kind of in the same vein as Devil's Rest. But note where the true summit and highpoint is: it's just 30ft or so east of that summit where you'll find the trail to the wonderful ridge hike that makes up most of the Cook-Augspurger traverse (CAT).
Leave the entire fam at home for this one. Mee-Maw and Pop-pops don't have the knees for it, and fat Aunt Margaret will have a stroke (that is, if she even makes it past Dog Mountain). And little Timmy? He'll whine for Mountain Dew and nap-time about six miles in--and you'll have another nine to go.
Dog and CAT probably isn't good for tourists or trail-runners either; that is, you should have and know how to use a compass and a map, so it might be best to keep the pink Nikes and umbrellas on the other side of Dog Mountain. But if you like to hike, to explore, and to see if your legs are really in shape for mountain climbing season, this might be the one for you.