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.
Access Info: Take SR25 south from Randle or north from Cougar. Head west on SR99 for 4.5 mi to the Bear Meadow Viewpoint. Restrooms at the viewpoint parking area. Read the interpretive signage at this viewpoint since this is where many of the iconic photographs were made of the St. Helens eruption in process by photographer Reynolds, who barely escaped with his family.
Access: Since SR26 is closed from the north due to a washout, you must come in on SR26 from the south. Take SR25 south out of Randle then SR99 west towards Windy Ridge. At approx 11 mi in, take SR26 north for about 1 mi to the Norway Pass TH parking area. Restrooms are available.
Note: The Independance Ridge trail is closed due to a washout.
Just north of Detroit, Oregon are a nice bunch of summits - Dome Rock is especially good. The Tumble Ridge Trail takes you to Dome Rock on a pleasant forest hike of only about 1.5 miles and 500 feet total gain.
There are several ways to get to Green Point Mountain - I choose the shortest hike, which of course required the most uncomfortable drive (i.e., high clearance and paint you don't care about).
Just north of Detroit, Oregon are a nice bunch of summits - Peak 4740 is more of an...let's say...adventure. From where I parked it's less than a mile to the top - some on a rough road and some "cross-country" travel.
Access: Since SR26 is closed from the north due to a washout, you must come in on SR26 from the south. Take SR25 south out of Randle then SR99 west towards Windy Ridge. At approx 7 mi in, take SR25 north to 1/4 mi past the Ryan Lake Interpretive Site road. Take the TH road west for about 1/2 mi.
Lesson learned: all forest roads are not created (nor maintained) equal. Buzzard Butte has two seeminly viable routes for approach: off HWY101 from the east via Farmer Creek Road, and from the west near Pacific City via Sandlake Rd. I discovered the east route, although still viable, is a much longer hike than I was planning for. Farmer Creek Rd becomes a forest road and is fairly drivable up to the point that it forks to NF-1034 (45.2585, -123.9035).
Tanner Butte is perhaps the most remote SOTA summit in Oregon's Northern Cascades. Despite many resources that point out the trail length at 17 miles, measured from the GPS track it shows up as right at 20 miles round trip, with 4500 feet of elevation gain.
Take NF-4660 from Cascade Lakes Highway. This road follows around west side of Davis Lake. Access is a closed road, peak is easily seen as you approach. Closed road that is overgrown but easy to follow takes you in a spiral around the butte. After roughly 1.5 miles the path becomes inaccessable due to manzanita. I tried to bush whack but decided to call it quites within 200 ft of the summit.