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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.

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Ice Cave Mountain, WA | Nov 2021

Summit: 
W7W/CH-240

Ice Cave Mountain is a moderate hike that requires some route finding, with no established trail. Parking is along the shoulder of a paved road at an elevation of 1350 feet. I estimate that the hike is about 1.5-2 miles round trip, with about 900 feet of elevation gain. The peak and the approach are all on public land.

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Grayback Mountain, WA | November 2021

Summit: 
W7W/MC-062

The recent Grayback Mountain WA pnwPOTA Blogs by K7ATN (11/03/2021) and KJ7EHA (04/12/2021) highlight the recent difficulties of gaining public access to the summit. In the past, Western Pacific Timber LLC (WPT), the State of Washington and the few private property owners didn’t restrict entry to walk-in visitors, horseback riders or hunters – just unauthorized motorized vehicles. Ironically the inviting “Feel Free to Hunt” come on in sign is still near the main gate. However, I noticed a pair of new No Trespassing signs approximately 1,500 feet from the main gate.

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McKinley Ridge, WA | November 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-088

TL;DR: Trailhead for a good "trail" to the AZ: 45.79083, -122.17261

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McKinley Ridge, WA | November 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-088

TL;DR: Trailhead for a good "trail" to the AZ: 45.79083, -122.17261

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Beacon Rock WA | November 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-163

Summary - This is an easy climb up a series of switchbacks cemented to the side of the basalt plug that is Beacon Rock. Given the proximity to Vancouver and Portland, the short hike, and the fabulous view, this is a very popular destination. For uninterrupted operating time you'll want to combine arriving early, bad weather, and mid-week day. HF operation is possible, 2M contacts are easy, APRS and phone service are good. Parking requires a Washington Discover Pass or a ten buck day pass.

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Arnold Mt (Lake Peak), OR 2021

Summit: 
W7O/SC-003

I left with not much ambition and the day wasn't really looking good. Lots of fog. We went to Arnold (not sure what's with the different name on maps vs SOTA), very early with the plan to also do Whisky, which we did. Arnold is an old mining area with cabin, shelters, outhouse, etc. It is still claimed as far as I know. It is a really neat place and I hope to go back and maybe camp for a day to explore more. Be sure to take a peek in the cabin if you can.

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Whisky Peak, OR Oct 2021

Summit: 
W7O/SC-004

Whisky is a fun hike up a rocky trail to where there used to be a lookout and still are remnants of it and other buildings including the outhouse. I had never seen a lookout built so close to the edges of the mountain. Two sides of the foundation basically came to the edge that to get to the far side of the lookout you would have to go through it when it was standing. Some of the best views of Red Buttes and the wilderness, and beyond. 360 view.It was very windy when I was there so I set up a little below, near a pile of rubble for a bit more elbow room.

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Scraggy Mountain, CA Oct 2021

Summit: 
W6/NW-079

Not recommended at all. This was treacherous. I got pretty torn up trying to get through some difficult brush and rocky cliffs. I never made it to the very peak and had to call it good enough because of exhaustion, dangerous drops, being alone etc. I also lost my pole somewhere trying to get through the 10ft tall thickets I am guessing. It was rough. If I every try again I will try a different route and will definitely not do it alone.

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Condrey Mt, CA Oct 2021

Summit: 
W6/NW-073

I did Condrey the second day of CQP with call K6G, needing to get some walking in after sitting for so long. We were camped a few miles away from it. It is a pretty easy and short hike up from the main road. I went up the SW ridge and it was probably about a mile RT. Nice open summit with great views. Some brush and plenty of rock for an easy set up. If I am in the area again I will probably do Condrey and White same day, they were both very nice summits to hike and activate.

 

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