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5500, Northeast OR | November 2013

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If you find yourself near out of the way northeast Oregon, you might consider driving the scenic Tollgate Road between Weston and Elgin, and then activating Peak 5500 near the top of the pass. 

 Head east on Highway 204 about 17 miles from Elgin and before the Spout Springs Ski Area. Turn right (northeast) onto Balloon Tree Road, or NF-3725 for about 0.6 miles. You'll find a gate on the left and a place to park to walk from there along the road to the AZ - less than a mile. There are plenty of places to operate and enjoy the views. This appears to be one of many cross-country ski trails in the winter - this would probably make for a pleasant bonus season activation.