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Bells Mountain, WA | Dec-2012

K7ATN's picture
Summit: 
W7W/LC-136
Voice Cellular Coverage: 
No service at all
Data Cellular Coverage: 
No service at all
Cellular Provider: 
T-Mobile
APRS Coverage: 
Good digi echos

It was a winter wonderland on Bells Mountain above 2000 feet on Christmas Eve, pleasant to look at, not too bad to hike in, but a 'non-starter' for my rear wheel drive vehicle.It's always best to park on the right side of the gate and hike the road - it's an easy 1.6 miles to the summit.

The directions below are from Interstate 5 - some of the mileages seemed a bit off but otherwise it will get you to the gate.

  • Take exit 2 for 39th Street/WA 500 E              0.2 mi
  • Keep right at fork, follow signs to WA-500 E     0.2 mi
  • Continue straight                                         0.5 mi
  • Continue straight onto WA-500 E                    5.2 mi
  • Turn right onto NE Fourth Plain Rd (Camas)       1.6 mi
  • Turn left onto NE Ward Rd                              3.3 mi
  • Continue onto NE 182nd Ave                           3.9 mi
  • Turn right onto NE Risto Rd                             2.3 mi
  • Continue onto NE 209th St                              0.2 mi
  • Turn left onto NE 227th Ave                            0.6 mi
  • Take the 1st right onto NE Osman Rd                0.6 mi
  • Take the 3rd right onto NE 229th St at stop      0.2 mi
  • Slight left onto NE Berry Rd
  • Destination will be on the left                          1.6 mi 

Park at the yellow DNR gate. As always, don't be tempted to drive through an open gate - it may not be open when you come back. On the hike up I was cautioned by a "local" coming down the snowy road in an old pickup to "not be trespassing" - he was not very friendly. But I did confirm that the radio installations at the summit were on public land.

Follow the main course of the road and about half way up there is a complex junction where the first right turn heads uphill slightly - this one goes to to the summit and the radio installation. A GPS would give you comfort here that you were headed the right direction. Google Maps doesn't do you much good here as some roads shown are blocked and the final road to the summit is not shown. The route is highlighted on the map below and the gate area is under the "8" of the address for the closest house.

I was glad to have five 40m contacts and then when RBN spotted me, 19 more on 20m. There was no radio noise that I noticed from the nearby radio installation. 

The photos from 2012 show trees at the summit - it has since been logged and is now a not so attractive hike.

 

Pictures: 
DNR gate
Radio installation at summit
Operating position
Don't ignore this sign
Starting from 45.7651° -122.4865°
Summit Map
K9ZMD's picture

A Great Day on Bells Mountain

Entering 26068 NE Berry Rd, Battle Ground, WA, into a GPS nav system will get you directly to the yellow DNR gate, no matter where you start from.  I didn't know that in advance, but following Etienne's instructions, I had no trouble finding the gate or the AZ on 9/19/2014. 

It was an easy hike up from the yellow gate, but it took me about an hour at my old man pace.  The mild weather was perfect for an extended stay, so I was able to operate nearly four hours without discomfort. I had no SMS service from the AZ (TracFone), but chasers found me on all seven bands from 40 through 10 meters (that's a first for me), for a total of 29 contacts.