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Wind Mountain, WA | February 2013

K7ATN's picture
Summit: 
W7W/LC-146
Voice Cellular Coverage: 
Decent, workable
Data Cellular Coverage: 
Spotty, may not work at all
Cellular Provider: 
T-Mobile
APRS Coverage: 
Good digi echos

A pleasant 2.5 mile (round trip) hike with perhaps 1000 feet of elevation gain ending in an operating position with a nice view of the Columbia River Gorge - a great activation with Grover-KG7O. There were a few remaining downed trees from an ice storm in 2012, but there is now re-routing  around them. There are some subtle archaeological aspects to this summit - hikers should be aware and read the signs to avoid disturbing any 'structures.'

Directions: You can use Highway 14 from Vancouver or save some time and drive I-84 and cross at Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks ($2 toll in 2018). Head east on Highway 14, turn north onto Wind Mountain Road at around Milepost 51. Next, turn right after 1.4 miles onto Girl Scout Road where after a quarter mile there is a parking area. The poorly marked trailhead is about 200 yards down the continuation of this road on the right.

Consider Casa de Sabor for lunch when you are done with this hike - 47 Russell Avenue in Stevenson.

See also:
http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Wind_Mountain_Hike
http://www.nwhiker.com/CGNSAHike51.html

Pictures: 
Grover-KG7O with Dog Mountain in background
Etienne-K7ATN with Dog Mountain in background