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Highwire, WA | June 2019

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Voice Cellular Coverage: 
Spotty, may not work at all
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Spotty, may not work at all
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APRS Coverage: 
Don't know

There have been quite a few activations for this 1 point summit in Snohomish County near Sultan, WA... With it staying light much later, decided to try an after work activation.  

Heading East on Highway 2, you will start going through Sultan and then turn left onto Sultan Basin Road.  After 2.6 miles on Sultan Basin Road, continue straight onto 112th St SE.  In .6 miles you will be at the closed gate, and ready to begin hiking 3.2 miles round-trip with 410 feet of gain.  There is very limited parking at the gate (please see picture).  No passes were required, and the gate said day use / non motorized use permitted.  

Most of the 1.6 mile hike to summit was on logging roads, and only the last ~100 feet were off trail.  For a 1 point summit, views were nice looking NE, East, South, and West.  Summit was open with low vegetation.  After signing the summit log, I leaned an extension mast with J-pole antenna against a stump.  For a Friday night, was excited that able to send SOTA spot via app, and made 5 contacts.  4 contacts were very clear in Bothell, Lynnwood, Everett, and Port Townsend.  Thank you to KG7EJT, N0PBR, KG7SXF, AA7FY, and K7SCN!

Below is Alltrails tracking, and please see pictures and comments for additional info.

Limited parking...maybe 2 cars near gate.
After 1.6 miles, I went off trail up this rock area...summit is ~100 feet away
Summit Log in green ammo can
Summit activation... looking North/NE at Baby Blue and Blue Mountain
Summit looking SE
Summit looking SW
Summit looking back at road, where started "off trail"
On the way back from summit, approx halfway back to car
AllTrails path... see link for more detail
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Alternate Route

You can also park on Kellogg Lake Road (north of Highwire) and approach from the north. You park near a gate and follow a FS road for most of the way. There is a connector trail that gets you around to the final road to the summit. Check out the forest service topo map for more details. I've taken this route and it was fun - a bit more trail-like than the west approach route.