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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Neskowin Ridge, OR - walk-in access only

Summit: 
W7O/NC-054

We checked out access to Neskowin Ridge in January 2019 and found that it is Miami Corp. property and gated. Google Earth labels the road "Van Duzer Forest Wayside" as it is just a quarter mile west on Highway 22 to the state park with that name.

The current access status was "Walk In Only" and other times of the year it may be restricted further. It appears to be about 3 miles and 1200 feet of gain to the summit from the gate.  

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South Helena Ridge, MT | Jan 2018

Summit: 
W7M/CL-161

By Rob - AE7AP - Activation across the UTC New Year.

Bill - N7MSI & myself had a fine time squeezing 10-points out of a 2-pointer!

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Mill Creek Ridge, OR | July 2018

Summit: 
W7O/CC-036

Taking Gooseneck Rd off of Highway 22. Same approach as nearby Dorn Peak W7O/CC-013 http://www.pnwsota.org/blog/ki7emx/2017-december-10/dorn-peak-oregon

Once you leave pavement on to gravel, follow road for 2.4 miles. You will come to an 3 way intersection at 44°59'16.96"N 123°30'32.75"W. Turn left here. If you are going to Dorn Peak take the right - it will take you all the way to the summit.

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Little Hebo, OR | July 2018

Summit: 
W7O/NC-032

Easiest way to get there is from highway 22. From there take SW Little Hebo Rd. (NF-2234) - near milepost 14 and next to the Suislaw National Forest sign.   45° 5'45.80"N 123°44'38.52"W.

Travel on this for about 5.5 to 6 miles. The road actually travels right near the summit. GPS works well for navigation on this one. On the summit there is plenty of room to setup antennas in several large laydown areas.

If you want you can get to Mount Hebo W7O/NC-006 from here relatively easy.

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Hurricane Hill, WA | March 2018

Summit: 
W7W/NO-086

Hurricane Hill is the high point of Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park. It's a fairly easy hike in the summer season, and quite a ways farther in the winter on snowshoes. The summer hike is about 3.0 miles round trip, while in winter it will be closer to 5.6 miles. Although the net elevation gain is about 500 feet, you'll be going up and down along the ridge for more elevation gain, especially in winter.

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Chandler Mountain, OR | November 2018

Summit: 
W7O/CC-044

Chandler Mountain is near the old Valsetz town site and pond (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valsetz,_Oregon). This is the first summit I activated back in 2012. To get there, head to Falls City 10 miles South-West of Dallas. Once in Falls City, head through town crossing the bridge. Continue untill you reach Chamberlain Road this will turn in to Valsetz Road which will turn into gravel. There is a gate which is closed during fire season. From the gate follow the road for about 12 miles.

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W7O/CE-278, 5580 - 1701m, 4 Points 1st Activation November 2018

Summit: 
W7O/CE-278

"5580" is a four-point summit approximately 25 miles northeast of Prineville, OR. It is fairly easy to reach by roads with a short pack to the summit. The summit was activated for the 1st time on 24-Nov-2018 by Roland - K7FOP and myself Shelby -N7SHG.

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Badger Butte, OR | July 2017

Summit: 
W7O/CN-013

Badger Butte is a four-point summit east of Mount Hood. It's a bit of trouble to reach and the last bit to the summit is cross-country, but only a half mile through fairly open forest. There are no views at the top to reward you - just contacts on the air with your fellow SOTA folks.

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Hat Point, OR | June 2017

Summit: 
W7O/NE-055

In the remote corner of the remote corner of Northeast Oregon are the Wallowa Mountains. On the eastern edge of the state, looking down into the Snake River Canyon is Hat Point, a drive-up six-point summit. 

Head east on 350 from Joseph, Oregon 30 miles to Imnaha. From there, you'll take Hat Point Road another 10 miles to the lookout and summit of Hat Point. This gravel road is steep in places, and narrow, but can be driven in a passenger car.