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Badger Butte, OR | July 2017

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Badger Butte is a four-point summit east of Mount Hood. It's a bit of trouble to reach and the last bit to the summit is cross-country, but only a half mile through fairly open forest. There are no views at the top to reward you - just contacts on the air with your fellow SOTA folks.

Head out Highway 26 towards Mount Hood and continue to the Frog Lake Buttes parking area. About 6.3 miles past FLB, turn north onto NF-43. After 6.0 miles you'll turn right onto NF-48. In 6.5 miles you'll turn left (north) onto NF-4860 and go about 8.0 miles to the coordinates below. This road was quite variable in condition - high clearance is recommended. You will probably rely on a GPS to get you to this summit - just be sure that it takes you the easier path outlined above and not the way we went. 

Start towards the summit from near 45.2855°, -121.5496° and head cross-country to the summit. (I believe we parked perhaps 0.15 miles earlier where there was a good spot to pull off the road - there aren't many.) Marking the location of your vehicle wll be rewarded by not wandering around wondering where you left it. From the coordinates above it's just about half a mile in a straight line up to the summit. There you'll find lots of trees for stringing antennas. We had it easy with the CQ WW VHF Contest going by making some 2m SSB contacts.