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Birkenfeld Mountain, October 22nd 2023

Summit: 
W7W/LC-094

Getting There: DO NOT USE GOOGLE MAPS TO GET HERE!!!! Google maps will lead you straight to a gated road. Have your GPS open or a map next to you while you try to navigate this. From highway 14, turn North on Rock Creek Driver like you're headed to Skamania Lodge. Continue half a mile and then turn left on Foster Creek Road. Next turn left on Red Bluff Road which will become CG-2000. Continue a little less than a mile until you see the intersection with CG 2022 splitting up the hill to the left.

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Stockade Mountain, OR | October 2022

Summit: 
W7O/SE-053

I did this summit in the area my family hunts mule deer, as I didn’t have tags last year and still wanted the family trip to the desert.

 

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Stockade Butte, OR | October 2023

Summit: 
W7O/SE-060

I did this summit in the area my family hunts mule deer, as I didn’t have a tag this year and was just out there for the family vacation.

 

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Star Mountain, OR | October 2022

Summit: 
W7O/SE-044

I did this summit in the area my family hunts mule deer, as I didn’t have tags last year and still wanted the family trip to the desert.

 

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Summit 6389 (near Dog Lake)

Summit: 
W7O/CE-256

This no-name summit just East of Dog Lake was the last of of three activations during the Annular Eclipse weekend of October 2023.

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Barry Point

Summit: 
W7O/CE-079

I decided to attempt Barry Point following the Annular Eclipse of 2023. I approached it from the South and drove clockwise to a point north of the peak where a dirt road heads South East up the hill, parking at 42.113809, -120.793403.

This last leg of the drive contained pretty deep ruts (presumably from people driving through the snow), a few mud puddles (even in October). Definitely need high-clearance and probably 4wd once you leave the gravel road and turn SE.

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Slide Mountain, OR | October 2023

Summit: 
W7O/CE-013

I had meant to activate a different summit on my drive down to Lakeview for the 2023 Eclipse, don't know how I got Slide Mountain in my head (this was planned for the drive home).

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Whetstone Ridge, MT | October, 2023

Summit: 
W7M/SF-184

1.7 miles, +884 ft, -47 ft;  On ATV Trail

Driving Directions from Checkerboard, MT

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Little Blacktail Mountain, ID | Oct 2023

Summit: 
W7I/NP-138

When I visited Northern Idaho, I also had the chance to activate this summit.

The route to the summit starts on Hwy 95, turning East onto Blacktail Rd.  This is followed around until it once again turns East onto Little Blacktail Rd.  Then follow the pit run (larger gravel) covered road to the top.

There are 3 or 4 repeater towers up there so I parked next to the large propane tank on the southernmost one and headed south to put some distance between us.  Even so, 20m was very noisy.  I didn't have a problem on 40m or 15m.

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Cape Horn Peak, ID | Oct 2023

Summit: 
W7I/NP-135

I recently had the occasion to spend some time in Northern Idaho and while there I activated this summit.

The road up to the summit starts from Hwy 95, heading East on Hwy 54 and North on N Perimeter and East again on Bayview Rd to N Cherokee Rd and north following that up.  N Cherokee Rd is also shown as FS 297 on Google Maps.  The road condition is not great with many ruts down the middle.  I had to straddle the ruts in many cases.  A high-clearance vehicle is probably required.