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Beautiful hike and a fall ( October)day going again in October 2019

Beautiful hike and a fall ( October)day going again in October 2019

so wished I had read these comments first, went counter clockwise. Took me just under 5 hours and that was with quite a few stops just to catch breath.

Had my 85lb german shepherd with me. some spaces prove very difficult with a large dog. trail is narrow, only wide on the creek side.

On the plus side it snowed, views are great.

Hiked this beauty for the first time today 01.21.19. Took the difficult route and it was a nice steady climb. Definitely want to try the more difficult next time. A great butt kicker!
Wish I had brought my spikes for the last 3/4 mile. Lots of snow, slippery in areas but doable with nice hiking boots. The wind was brutal and the top completely covered in fog. But wow was it gorgeous! Can only imagine the views from top on a clear day.

Steep all the way up. I went in February 2018 on a rare sunny day. Gorgeous views of the gorge. The mountain weather changes drastically up top. Wear layers or at least pack prepared. I remember the wind being brutal. I’d love to go back when the flowers are blooming. Interesting history of the mountain too.

Hiked the trail on Sunday 1/13/19. It was chilly but not too cold with a blue sky. Recommend using trekking poles and shoes with good grip. Take snacks and water too. It’s definitely a hard hike up but even kids were doing it with their parents. Pace is key. Worth the view.

hiking
9 days ago

The trail is in great condition right now, and the warm winter means no snow (just a little frost at the summit.) Lots of people had the same idea, and met a lot of nice people on my descent.

The weather tracker as part of Alltrails is spot-on accurate. Make this hike while the weather is good.

Great views. Do not go counter clockwise.

Great hike, beautiful views up Elk mtn. However, my gps recorded the loop distance at 8.12 miles, NOT 7. I thought that was an important correction to make!

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked on 1/14/19. Super steep. Went up the difficult side which I feel good about because it was harder than heck. The last 1/2 mile was fog fog fog and icy. Not safe conditions doing it alone with out proper equipment. I will definitely hike this again.

Very difficult hike indeed with a steep terrain (great for cardio and calf work). There are some spots with views along the way to catch your breath. Took me about 1h30 to get to the top. I hiked in the rain and fog so no idea how the views look like on top (going with clear sky definitively recommended...). Enjoy!

Great exhausting hike, and well worth it with the views and flowers. Why bother hiking a sidewalk, hike Dog mountain because you'll feel like you've been somewhere and experienced something worthwhile!

For a somewhat out-of-shape 50 year-old who used to be an athlete in my younger days, this was a great test of Character. Did it solo, as at the last week before, the others I was to be climbing with had to back out. Trained somewhat before doing this hike but not nearly what I would have liked to.
Very strenuous for me. Took almost 9 hours to do the round-trip. Thought I was in the clear after I got to the top but did not realize that coming down (Using hiking poles which, in my opinion is a must) was going to hurt even more. (Oh, my knees!!)
Even so, was a hike that I will remember forever.
If you leave early and pace yourself, it will be strenuous but doable and well worth it!!

I did this as a fall hike, and it was really lovely. I went up the “most difficult” side and came down “difficult”, and would recommend this if you struggle more with walking down steep grades more than walking up them. Beautiful views of the gorge, and done in almost exactly 3 hours.

A little dicey coming off the summit. I can’t imagine going counter clockwise, waaay too steep. Overall a gorgeous hike and it’s nice to end with an easy walk down by the water.

Went ccw was so happy I did, walking sticks required and well supplied by nature. First part will kick your out of shape butt, if you can push trough cardio into a runners high, be prepared to use your hands, and go down steep rocks butt first. After the peak expect your heart to break as it is just enough, up and down. After half way it smooths into a atv sized trail, all down hill, save your joints and use some walking sticks found along side the trail.

Did this hike yesterday. Great views and a solid workout. Conditions when I went were good - no snow and dry trails.

I did this hike in October, and it’s probably my new favorite. It’s not too strenuous, but I’m also very active and do a lot of hiking with elevation gains, so it may be more difficult for people not as used to a lot of steep elevation gain. There are markers tied to the trees along the trail that indicate which way to go, which is handy because there are a few off-shoot trails and shortcuts that branch off and can make it confusing. Went in POURING rain and it was pretty slippery, but I had trekking poles so it wasn’t too hard to deal with. The viewpoint towards the top is really cool, but the view from the actual summit is the one you really got to push for! Definitely recommend it, can’t wait to do it again. Highly recommend sturdy shoes and trekking poles or a walking stick.

Visited 12/8/18. Beautiful area to stop at for hiking, sightseeing and a great lunch spot with a couple picnic tables next to Viento falls. Paved trails look very new. Bathrooms were flushing toilets and very clean inside, but only have air dryers, no paper towels for drying your hands. I've seen this place a bunch of other times while visiting the gorge and have always wanted to stop by and check it out. I came here to hike mt defiance trail. The trailheads are easy to find. Mt defiance, starvation ridge and a couple others are on the 14 going west when you walk on the paved path. Starvation ridge from historic trail paved path is closed but you can reach it on mt defiance trail. I did not complete trails because there were creek crossings on both mt defiance and starvation ridge that had no bridges, I was wearing my summer hiking boots (not wanting to get them wet in the water), it was cold out and I was hiking alone. This area is a must stop if you have the time to check it out. I will definitely be back to hike again. Counted 4 waterfalls.

Great hike, challenging! Did up and back in just under 3 hours. Some reviews mention rock slides, I felt that it was rocky at points but not necessarily a rock slide. Good boots are a must! Trekking poles are not necessary. Snow at the top in December!

Did it 12/1 and the top had 2-3” of snow. It was incredible. Followed coyote tracks for a while. Fog blew in and out. I actually loved it.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this as my very first solo hike! A little belated birthday present to myself, too! Had an AMAZING day up there! The weather was perfect, though the chill of winter was definitely showing up! The trail was wet from rain the previous day/night, so there were a few moderately slick spots, but my hiking boots were more than enough to get past it. Had the trail mostly to myself! Took the new, scenic trail up, and the west trail back for some variation. So different-looking than in the spring! I have been on Dog Mountain I think 2 or 3 times before and the wind was the calmest I’ve ever experienced it up there. I wanted to go back as soon as I left! I think I left my heart up there! Love this hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Fun and challenging hike. This trail is rocky, root filled, and narrow. the density of the forest was great. I started early in the morning and did not see any other hikers for hours. Great views from the top with an iconic notebook at the top. take a good lunch and give yourself some time to read through that notebook for a funny read.

Here is my video from my hike - https://youtu.be/jiPpPWa9lAk

Travelers info:
Forest Pass: NO
Parking Fee: NO
Drive from Portland: 1.5 hours

Enjoy the trails!

hiking
2 months ago

This was a challenging but great trail. Steep and heart pumping, on a clear day the view is beautiful! It’s great in that there are people on the trail but it’s by no means crowded. There’s a bathroom at the start and a good picnic spot at the top.

Done it twice. ready to do it again!

Good

I’m still floating on a cloud because we did this. It definitely earns its hard rating. It is up up up up up up up and then straight down down down down down down down. But the summit was such a spectacular surprise it couldn’t of been more beautiful. just wow. Definitely bring hiking poles and lots of water. It took us five hours. we had something to eat at the top and we stopped pretty often on the way up and down because our legs were spent. Beautiful foliage in the woods. just an amazing hike. highly recommend. Only ran into seven other people. Mid November and we didn’t wear jackets we had to tie them around our waste. Lol❤️

My first major summit. It's a hard climb, but worth it at the top.

Awesome. That’s all that needs to be said.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is on the tougher side! The loop on this trail map includes the "most difficult" section (left) and the "difficult" (right). We opted to do the "difficult" as an out and back, which is actually just a bit longer than doing the loop. Some areas are super steep, and there are rocks on the trail as you get up towards the summit. The views are amazing, and the wind whips pretty wild up top. Our dog was fine the entire way, and we ended at 7.6 miles in 3.5 hours, including a 20 minute break at the top for snacks and photos.

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