The pnwSOTA website was created to facilitate communication between SOTA operators in the Pacific Northwest region, as well as show off some of the activities of the top-notch folks we have in the area. On this site you will find information about getting started in SOTA as well as details about summits and activations contributed by people that are operating here.
The following peaks are within the Bull Run Watershed Management Unit. The Bull Run Watershed Management Unit is formally closed to the public to protect the water supply for metropolitan Portland, Oregon. The unit is patrolled regularly by the US Forest Service and by City of Portland Water Bureau security staff.
There are at least four trails that approach the summit of Big Huckleberry Mountain - we choose the Pacific Crest Trail from the south for about six miles round trip and 1400 feet of elevation gain.
From Portland, take I-84 to Cascade Locks and cross the river for one dollar.
Here's a six point summit to tackle on a nice summer day - we tried it with lots of snow and found a blizzard at the top in mid-April. The trail is on a road of about 7 miles round trip and about 1800 feet of gain.
Spring is here and it's time to get back out there and activate. We thought it would be fun to meet up with fellow Activators and to encourage new Activators. There are a number of SOTA peaks in and around Portland and we'd like to get activators up on all of them at the same time. We could all work each other on the air and then meet up after for an 'eyeball' QSO.
If anyone is up for some VHF fun over the next few weeks, try some SSB tonight around 144.200 starting at 7pm local time - or some 2m FM perhaps on 146.55.
Peterson Butte on the west side of Lebanon, Oregon is private with limited access. The Lebanon Trails Committee (http://buildlebanontrails.com) schedules occasional hikes on Peterson Butte - the last hike was planned for 12 April 2014 (http://buildlebanontrails.com/2014/03/14/april-12th-hike-at-peterson-butte/).
Ridgeway Butte, accessed by Ridgeway Drive on the east side of Lebanon, Oregon has signs indicating 'private property' and 'no trespassing'. The Lebanon Trails Committee (http://buildlebanontrails.com) schedules occasional hikes on Ridgeway Butte that are lead by the property owner, Rick Ely. The next hike is planned for October 2014.
On 27 March Etienne (K7ATN) and I activated Silver Star mountain. The weather report called for rain with a break around mid day. We headed to the trailhead, Route: Washougal, WA to Washougal River Road (approx. 10 mi), to Skye Rd to 412th AVE to Skamania Mines Rd. Follow the signs to silver star. We reached the TH at about 0840 and started up the trail. At about 1/8 of a mile the trail splits, take the right split. We found out the hard way and got about 1/4 mile down the trail before I checked the map and realized we were on the wrong trail.
I did this summit on 26 March as it was close to where I was staying. It poured rain on me the whole time but I came out with 14 quick contacts including a S2S with Etienne K7ATN on 146.52. I drove up the road and until my truck would not make it any further (4WD) and then hiked up the rest of the way. If you look at my everytrail tracks the "GO" marker is where the dirt road starts and the "END" marker is where I parked the truck. You could drive further then this if it was a dry day or if you had a jeep or 4 wheeler.