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.
This was my third attempt at Red Mountain. The first time I had not done any previous research on this summit, other than I have seen people on several occasions head up to the final summit (as I walked past to go to Red Pass) that really did not look like they were doing other than a day hike.
Upper and Lower Table Rocks dominate the skyline north of Medford Oregon, just off Interstate 5. Upper Table Rock, located in Central Point, Oregon offers great views in many directions, and has an easy, well-maintained trail, used by more than 10,000 people each year. From the trailhead, it's a 30-45 minute walk to the summit, which is large and flat. There's no infrastructure on the mesa, but it is very large and offers both open spaces and some trees usable for supporting wire antennas.
(3.6 miles, +2,400 ft, -300 ft, 7.4 mile approach)
0.7 miles, +750 feet, 5.2 mile approach
Rock Island Butte is in the southern portion of the Absoraka-Beartooth Wilderness. We climbed it from the Chief Joseph Trailhead as part of an extended backpacking trip, but it is also reasonable to climb it as a day-hike. If camping overnight, there is an excellent isolated campsite on the south side of Widewater Lake near where the trail dips closest to the lake. There are also numerous campsites in the Widewater-Big Moose area.
Rock Butte is a short bushwhack with no views or other redeeming qualities in the Activation Zone. It's just past Timothy Lake east of Mount Hood.
A Fairly easy peak off US-101 south of Gold Beach, Oregon. Take Carpenterville Road about 10 miles to Powerline Road, which is blocked by a blue gate off to your right. Park across Carpenterville Road and walk about 1 mile to the summit. Avoid EMI-causing hilltop communications site.
Good coverages on 20 and 40 meters, though some RFI was evident on 40M.
As the photo shows, this was one of my "minimal" operations. When I don't know how far I'm hiking, I leave my camp stool and folding aluminum table behind. Operation is from, well, the ground!
Peak 7384 is the next SOTA Peak to the north of Granite Mountain W7I/SR-138. It is bushwhacking at its finest with endless deadfall on the main portion of the mountain. Limited views from the summit make this peak not the most enjoyable, but it is SOTA nonetheless and that is always good!
This peak is about 12 miles NW of McCall Idaho. There is no trail to the summit, but it is an easy bushwhack. To get to the "trailhead" take Hwy 55 north out of McCall and take the Brundage Ski area turn off a few miles north of town. Follow this road to the Brundage Ski area, but instead of turning into the ski area parking lot remain on Goose Lake Rd.
On 1 Jan 2016 the new SOTA summit and Association information webpage went live. See http://www.sota.org.uk/Associations. The old Summit Information page will be disabled soon, perhaps by year end.