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Larch Mountain, WA on 2/2/13

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Summit: 
W7W/LC-103
Voice Cellular Coverage: 
Decent, workable
Data Cellular Coverage: 
Don't know
Cellular Provider: 
AT&T
APRS Coverage: 
Don't know

K7ATN and N7LKL activated Washington's Larch Mountain on Saturday, 2/2/13.  We hiked in on the forest service road from the Larch Corrections Center side.  (Directions below)  We were able to drive up the service road quite a ways but hiked the last 1.5 miles with approximately 1200 feet gain.  Weather conditions were excellent - sunny and not too cold.  We were on the summit from about 10:00 to 1:00 during which time the sun softened the snow considerably.  The summit itself doesn't have any views to speak of, but on the hike up you get excellent views of Portland, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Hood.

We each made plenty of contacts including some S2S.  There are plenty of trees at the summit for stringing wire.  There's also a tower/antenna farm for local repeaters, microwave, etc. which did not cause us any interference.

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To Larch Corrections Center from North I-5

I-5 South. Take I-205 cutoff (just passed Clark County Fairgrounds)

Take exit 32 Padden Parkway. At light turn left. (East)

Follow for approx. 5 miles stay in left lane. (Road turns into one lane).

You are now on NE Ward Road. Follow for 2-3 miles through a 4-way stop.

Travel about 1 mile and turn right on 139th.

Up a big hill and down through 4-way stop up another hill.

139th road becomes NE Rawson Rd. Follow until you go through an open gate into the DNR forestry Rd.

From the open gate follow the main road for approx. 2 ½ miles and at the top of the hill you will come to a 4-way intersection. Turn left going down the hill (approximately 2 ½ miles), Larch will be on your left at the bottom of the hill.

Leaving the institution

Turn right out of institution. Go up the hill to 4-way intersection turn right.

Follow down to 4-way stop. Keep going straight through until you come to a T-intersection. Turn left. (NE Ward Rd.).

Follow through

Pictures: 
K7ATN with Mt. St. Helens in background.
N7LKL operating KX3 and AlexLoop.