Augspurger Mountain Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews

Augspurger Mountain Trail is a 11.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Carson, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,409 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

hiking
2 months ago

My friends and I did this hike on 7/16 (via dog mountain) and honestly there are some things worth mentioning/knowing before you head up this trail.

1) this is definitely a harder hike. I think it was listed as a Hard hike under a different title and I'd say this is an accurate read of the hike.
2) when people say overgrowth, they mean WAY OVERGROWN. This trail, while well marked, is immensely overgrown in spots. At several spots (all past the turn off from dog mountain) you are completely unable to see your feet and only manage to get short glimses of trail a foot ahead in between trying to fight off trees and bushes to clear your path. this would make unexperienced hikers very uneasy as you often have to trust you're going the right way and follow your gut until you find the next clearing with a tree marker.
3) you really want to be wearing protective gear (i.e. pants and maybe a long sleeve). we packed light because it was mid 90s the day we went but we paid the price. All of our legs looked like a small animal attacked every inch of exposed skin. These scratches were painful and made us question whether or not the hike was really worth the battle.
4) having said all of that. this is a really beautiful hike. you get a great view of mt. hood about half way up and we followed the advice to go down a small north side trail off the summit to find stunning views of the gorge, Mt. St. Helen and Mt. Rainer. On a clear day, this view is magnificent and definitely worth the sweat..... worth the thorn bush scars... that might be another story...

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail July 14th. Great climb, definitely some work but well maintained trailed, wildflowers at top and great amount of shade. Self registration / pay box at parking - $5 per car. Awesome views of the Gorge and both Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens from the top of Dog Mountain.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked 04/19/18. Snow accumulations still at the summit. 2-4”, but it’s not really an issue and it should be gone in the next week or so. Wildflowers are just leafing out up top and seem to be about 2-3 weeks behind those that are down below on the Dog Mountain/Augspurger leg of the trail. As mentioned in other reviews, the vegetation along the trail, especially just before the summit, is crowding the trail edge. Most of this seems to be Timbleberry. This is less of a 'finding your way' problem as it is 'your legs will get very wet' problem if it had just rained. Went beyond the summit to explore some of the ridge line as recording illustrates. I did have a tick hitch a ride home on me, so be sure and check yourself well after hiking here.

hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Back half is badly overgrown in many places. Front half has a lot of poison oak along the trail. Top of Augspurger Mountain has a small meadow, but that is completely surrounded by trees, rendering the view compromised at best. No lookouts better than what you get going up Dog Mountain. Do not recommend.

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29 days ago

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Sunday, April 16, 2017