Welcome to the Pacific Northwest!

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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Cape Horn, OR | No Access

Summit: 
W7O/NC-049

There is no access to Cape Horn via NW Cape Horn Road - about a mile from the summit the public road becomes a gated driveway and you can get no closer. 

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Peak 2260, OR | November 2019

Summit: 
W7O/NC-102

This is a drive-up summit near Tillamook in the Coast Range. Don't confuse this Peak 2260 with the other that shares it's name but is W7O/NC-101. (They are only 8 miles apart.)

Take Mills Bridge Road south from Highway 6 about 3.2 miles. You'll stay on the main track as you ascend this steep rocky road. You should be able to drive in a passenger car as long as it can handle a steep, rough grade.

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Boiler Ridge, OR | Permit Required for Access

Summit: 
W7O/NC-053

The gate with access to Boiler Ridge from near Camp 18 on Highway 26 (mp 18) is now posted "Permit Required" for all access. These permits may be expensive and challenging to obtain.

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Tulalip Hill, WA | Feb 2019

Summit: 
W7W/SN-185

Tulalip Hill is an easy 1-point drive-up summit located in Snohomish County, WA.  While the summit is located on private property, there is a public boat launch on the northeast corner of the lake which is within the activation zone.  Thanks to Jason KV7DX (previously KE7UIU) for providing this information to myself and other activators!

There is no permit, or fee required.

Link to Snohomish County website with information regarding Lake Loma:https://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/5377/Loma

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Mt Carrie, WA 11-2019

Summit: 
W7W/NO-020

Nov 2, 2019 was the perfect day for climbing Mt. Carrie. The weather was cool and clear. Some snow up above Heart lake, but the Cat Walk (the unmaintained trail and scramble east of Heart Lake) was free of snow. That area would be very challenging with snow, and an ice axe and crampons would be a must. 

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Lummi Peak, WA | November 2019

Summit: 
W7W/WH-197

Lummi Peak is a 2 point summit located in Whatcom County, WA.  A short ferry ride will take you to Lummi Island, which was $13 for vehicle with driver (as of Nov 2019).  After deciding to take a Friday vacation day, Jason KV7DX (previously KE7UIU) suggested Lummi Peak.  He had activated the summit twice (Aug 17 and Dec 18), and it sounded like the perfect option for a cold and sunny November day.  I was also excited to try out a portable setup for FT8.

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North Cinder Peak, Oregon | September 2019

Summit: 
W7O/CN-006

Why

With the first four peaks in Cascades North being activated, I decided I needed to hatch a plan to hit the next two. This summit is over 8 miles from the nearest trailhead and 4500 feet of gain, and it's almost 5000 feet of gain from our trailhead, so I recommend doing it as an overnight. We activated this peak in conjunction with South Cinder, W7O/CN-005, and I strongly recommend if you put in the effort to do one that you make time for the other.

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South Cinder Peak, Oregon | September 2019

Summit: 
W7O/CN-005

Why

With the first four peaks in Cascades North being activated, I decided I needed to hatch a plan to hit the next two. This summit is over 7 miles from the nearest trailhead and 3300 feet of gain, and it's 4000 feet of gain from our trailhead, so I recommend doing it as an overnight. We activated this peak in conjunction with North Cinder, W7O/CN-006, and I strongly recommend if you put in the effort to do one that you make time for the other.

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Summit 5230, OR | Oct 2019

Summit: 
W7O/NE-236

Summit 5230 is located 23 miles (as the crow flies) South of Pendleton, OR.  If you have the right vehicle and can tolerate a long bumpy ride in, this can be a drive up summit.  It would make an excellent mountain bike-based activation. I would not attempt this summit without a GPS.