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.
Along Highway 22 between Salem and Detroit there is an easy drive-up summit. The road is passable (with some care) in a passenger car. This summit could be a back up plan when nearby Rocky Top can't be accessed due to snow.
Here's another suburban SOTA summit with little to offer but a narrow road shoulder for activation space.
Here is an urban 'pavement' activation - the closest one to downtown Portland. The peak proper for Cornell Mountain is on private property with the Activation Zone accessible from a quiet neighborhood street that has no shoulders.
A fairly short hike near Mt. Hood gets you two points - in the summer this activation may be a bit easier - it was too much post-holing (up to my knees!) in February.
A near "drive-up" two-point summit in the Clackamas River drainage with good views. This area is likely busy in the summer but it was mostly quiet on this December day.
Awbrey Butte is a summit in suburban Bend, Oregon.
Longwire mnt. 2012-07-15 CN96jv50
Quickly, after Old Scab I activate this plateau as well. So far the most-most easiest "hike", or more like a walk in a park. Driving only a mile further up from Old Scab trailhead I reach the top of the mountain. Here is a big open space. Park the car in the shade and start to collect this giveaway six point.
Yes, yes, I know it's a bit early but here's the 3 major 2014 NA SOTA events for folks who need to orchestrate travel time around summer family vacations, etc.
1) International SOTA Weekend: The 3-4th of May this year. Many European Activators and Chasers will be active so it's a great opportunity for "across the pond" SOTA activity.
A pleasant activation nearly any time of year near Draper, Utah.