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Red Mountain, WA | April 2014

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Summit: 
W7W/LC-036
Voice Cellular Coverage: 
Spotty, may not work at all
Data Cellular Coverage: 
Spotty, may not work at all
Cellular Provider: 
T-Mobile
APRS Coverage: 
Full two-way messaging

Here's a six point summit to tackle on a nice summer day - we tried it with lots of snow and found a blizzard at the top in mid-April. The trail is on a road of about 7 miles round trip and about 1800 feet of gain. Grover-KG7O was the idea guy for this summit and Rachel-K7NIT and Etienne-K7ATN were there for the fun parts of the activation.

From Portland, take I-84 to Cascade Locks and cross the river for one dollar. Or take Washington 14 out from Vancouver past the Bridge of the Gods, through Stevenson (excellent taqueria on Russell Avenue for after activation!) and continue east on 14 to turn north towards Carson about four miles past Stevenson. After 5.7 miles on this Wind River Highway, turn right on Old State (you may see Old State earlier - turn at the second) and look for Panther Creek Road and turn turn left after just 1/10 mile. Panther Creek Road will turn into Road 65 and you'll head north on this paved forest road about 8.2 miles to "Four Corners." Turn right onto Road 60 for 1.5 miles to the gated Road 6048 - this is your trailhead for Red Mountain. Park here and follow the road to the summit.

There is a lookout on the summit and also a garage - the garage was open and made for some shelter from the wind and snow for us even if dusty and a bit creepy. There are some small trees on the summit that could be used for antennas. See this for more information but not such great directions: http://www.summitpost.org/red-mountain/883583.

Pictures: 
Road 6048 Gate to Red Mountain trail
Red Mountain Lookout
SOTA Flag flying!
Blizzard in April - no problem!