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.
Take highway 101 north out of Florence and turn on to Tenmile Creek Road. Stay on this nice road for a couple miles then turn left onto NF -5694. This is a good, mostly paved road. After a few miles you will see a hiking sign on the left side of road. Don't turn, stay straight ahead. From here go about a quarter mile and you will see a yellow gate on the left before you make a big left turn. I parked here and hiked about 4/10 mile easily to the summit. If you go passed the trail head to the big fork in the road with FS Road 5000, turn around.
Herman Peak should be a natural follow-on activation with Cape Mountain (W7O/CC-071). The Herman Peak Cape Rd goes to Cape Mountain, and then on over to Herman Peak. Cape Mountain is a lovely little summit.
This summit lies on the south side of Florence. The trail rises 350 to 400’ over about one mile. The summit is covered with RF equipment which did not seem to cause much interference to my HF station.
Road Access: Good to Trailhead. The last 1/4-mi to summit is a bushwhack over steep terrain and fallen trees, undergrowth dense in areas. High-clearance 2WD okay to the recommended parking area. Access: East from Yacolt on Sunset Falls Rd which turns into FR42. Travel the pot-holed FR42 until it intersects with FR53. Then travel NW for about 1/2-mi until the next intersection and a rock quarry. FR5304 is not marked but is the eastern most road. Travel about 1/2 mi NE then park at the "Y" fork in the road.
Davis Mountain is a drive up summit if you have four wheel drive. Passed Oakridge on hiway 58 turn left on the Crescent Cutoff then go and turn left again to get on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. Near the Davis Lake campground turn right on to National Forest Road 62. Then proceed on Davis Mt Lookout Road to the summit. The road gets very narrow and technical at times. I made it in my Jeep Wrangler and think you should stick to a 4x4. At the summit, there is a large activation area.
The Loneman hike is long but rewarding. The trail is 7.4 miles long with 3,900 feet of vertical elevation gain. It is necessary to ford both the Middle Fork of the Flathead and Nyack Creek. The hike is most feasible in August or September once streamflows have subsided and the NPS has had time to clear the trails. Wading shoes and a trekking pole or a sturdy stick are advisable for the crossings. The flow in the Middle Fork was about 2,300 cfs for our crossing, which was about hip deep for me (6’-2” tall). The crossing would become quick
The Scalplock Lookout Trail is 4.7 miles and 3,100 vertical feet on a very nice trail that begins at the Walton Ranger Station near Essex, MT. This is a less visited side of the Park. No entrance fees are required and it is much less crowded than many other park trails. The following link offers an excellent trail description:
Broken Top is an eroded stratovolcano about 25 miles west of Bend Oregon in the Three
Sisters Wilderness. It can be reached by traveling to Mount Bachelor on the Cascades
Lake Highway (County Hwy 46) and then continuing west towards to the Green Lakes/Fall
Creek trailhead. Round trip to the summit and back is about 12 miles. The summit reaches
an altitude of 9175 feet.
A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the trailhead, or a one day pass can be
picked up at the trailhead for five bucks. A no-cost permit for entry to the wilderness
Boulder Mountain is one of prominent mountains to the East of McCall Idaho. It is just north of the very recognizable Jughandle Mountain. Boulder Reservoir, Boulder lake and Louie Lake (at the base of Jughandle Mountain) are fairly popular summer day hikes in the McCall Area. Boulder Mountain itself is probably rarely visited as it quite a bit farther than the popular lake destinations.