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Ascent of Dog Mountain on 2019-01-21

Climber: Eric Gilbertson

Date:Monday, January 21, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Dog Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5408 ft / 1648 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had been meaning to climb Dog Mountain for at least the past two years. In December 2016 on a snowy Saturday I’d tried to climb Dog Mountain. But snowline was down to sea level, and I ended up getting stuck in the snow en route to the trailhead an hour past North Bend on a remote logging road. Luckily some guys were passing by in trucks and helped me out, but after trying to dig myself out for 3 hours I had given up on climbing Dog Mountain.

This time snow line was supposed to be higher, and it was supposed to be sunny. It was still raining when I passed through North Bend, but at least the logging roads were snow free. The rain turned to wet snow, and the road was snow covered enough that I parked before the trailhead at a good place to turn around at 8:30am.

I continued on foot, passing through deep snow, then bare trail under dense tree cover. I hiked higher up the NW ridge of Dog Mountain until the trail disappeared under deep snow for good around 4,000ft. There I bushwhacked straight up, eventually changing to snowshoes. The snow had a breakable crust layer on top which was tricky to deal with. Eventually I reached the summit around 11:45am. I got some great views of nearby mountains, though the clouds started rolling in an out.

I switched to crampons for the way down, and was glad I hadn’t brought skis. It would have been very difficult skiing through the breakable crust. I made good time on the descent and was back to the car by 2pm for the drive home.

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