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.
0.9 miles, +980 ft
From the Town of Elkhorn:
Drive up the main street to the “T” intersection. Turn left and follow the 4wd road up until it crests out. There is a private road that “T’s” in from the right. Park before (to the south) of this private road. The 4wd road is fairly rough & boney, but not too difficult, but probably not a good idea for low-clearance vehicles. A stock 1987 4-Runner made it with few difficulties.
2.8 miles, +1,200, -830 ft from Edith-Baldy saddle
4.8 miles, +2,600, -830 ft from TH
(2 miles, +1,400 ft)
Edith & Baldy are the two most prominent summits in the Big Belt Mountains west of Townsend. There are some backcountry lakes north of the summits that are nice camping/fishing destinations. The two summits can be done as a double, but Baldy is probably easier from Duck Creek Pass to the north. The ridge between the two includes some boulder fields that, while not too difficult, make the traverse somewhat slow.
Take Hwy-12 West from Townsend for 14.8 miles
2.9 miles, +1,500 ft, -260 ft (From Trilobite Lakes); 21.4 mile approach from Silvertip TH via Switchback Pass
2.2 miles, +1,180 ft, -380 ft (From Dean Lake); 16.9 mile approach from Silvertip TH
0.5 miles, +580 ft (From Switchback Pass); 15.4 mile approach from Silvertip TH
Kevan Mountain is located on the Continental Divide and forms the northern bulwark of the North Wall in center of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. There is good camping at the Pentagon guard station, Dean Lake, Lake Levale, and in the valley to the north of Dean Lake.
1.7 miles, +1,260 ft, -160 ft (From Lake Levale); 18.8 mile approach from Silvertip TH