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Gray Butte, OR | July 2019

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Summit: 
W7O/CE-180
Voice Cellular Coverage: 
Decent, workable
Data Cellular Coverage: 
Decent, workable
Cellular Provider: 
T-Mobile
APRS Coverage: 
Don't know

Depending on how far you choose to drive, Gray Butte will be a 1.4 mile road hike (OW) with about 1200 feet gain. There's another summit that could add another two points with 1.8 miles of hiking or, less if your vehicle is capable.

This summit is near several others, Grizzly Mountain-W7O/CE-135 and Pine Ridge-W7O/CE-208.

From Prineville go 13 miles west on Highway 26 or from Madras travel east on Highway 26 and take Lone Pine Road and proceed south. Turn left onto Skull Hollow Road (Forest Service Road 5710).  Skull Hollow Campground will be on the left. 

From Skull Hollow Campground, head NW on NF-1395. After about half a mile you’ll pass a parking area near 44.401°, -121.068° where you can take a trail that will parallel the road if you prefer hiking.  After 1.1 miles, turn left onto another dirt road. 

After 1.5 miles more, you pass an “intersection” near 44.3997°, -121.0982° where you can head SW on a road to another summit, Peak 4260 “Sisters View” - W7O/CE-303. It’s only 0.9 miles one way on a decent dirt road. 

For Gray Butte continue past this intersection on the main track where you will find a closed gate after 0.4 miles near   44.4047°, -121.1024°. Park here (don't block he gate) and hike 1.4 miles to the summit.

This summit is a popular destination so expect to get a few questions about ham radio. There's a bunch of RF sites on the summit but no interference was noticed.