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.
Wind Mountain is a great hike with fantastic views near Hood River Oregon. It is on the Washington State side of the river so your will need to cross the toll bridge to the Washington side if you are coming from Hood River, OR.
The toll is $1 I think and is well worth the price of admission for Wind Mountain. You will pass the parking for Dog Mtn on the way to Wind Mtn if coming from Hood River. Dog Mtn is another popular hike to a SOTA summit.
One of a couple Squaw Butte's in Idaho, this one near Emmett Idaho was activated on a pleasant Spring day. Heading North out of Emmett Idaho, you can connect to a dirt road that leads you to the top of "Squaw Butte". However, the highpoint is about a 2 mile hike from where most passenger cars will need to park.
Mt Scott at the south end of the Virginia Range near Carson City required no walking/hiking at all; just drive up Goni Road from Carson City and park on top where all the dozen broadcast stations are located. The six mile mountain road climbs steeply on a washed out gravel road requiring a high clearance 4x4.
Crown Butte is one of several laccoliths that protrude from the prairie south west of Great Falls. It is the smaller cousin of the nearby Square Butte, which figures so famously in Charlie Russell paintings. The butte is primarily owned by the Nature Conservancy, as a preserve
After wanting to get started activating peaks under the SOTA program, a push from Brett, KG7FFW got both of us out to do our first activation at Three Lakes Hill on Tuesday the 26th of April. A frustrating discovery that there were no good place to park that did not require a Discovery Pass, forced a quick trip into Monroe to purchase one. Upon returning, we discovered that someone had spread nails all about the parking area.
First Activation of Mount Heinen.
Full Report coming soon.
April 23, 2016
This is a pleasant, short hike that is accessible by most vehicles. The summit is an open, broad knoll that offers nice views in all directions. There is an exceptional profusion of Bitterroots (the Montana state flower)
This was the first activation of "Peak 4700" off Hwy21 on the way to Idaho City from Boise. The peak rises right from the hwy, but access is from the opposite (South) side. This was my second attempt at the peak as an impromptu mountain bike attempt late in 2015 was thwarted by snow.