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Huffman Peak, WA | July 2022

Summit: 
W7W/LC-076

I hiked to Huffman Peak from Siouxon Peak ( http://www.pnwsota.org/blog/kj7eha/2022-july-24/siouxon-peak-wa-july-2022 ). The trail is very easy to follow, and traverses through a 2020 burn area. It is very wide. There was a lot of blowdown, but easy to step over and around. The summit itself has been burned and is exposed. In July 2022, the forest floor was showing signs of new growth tiny seedlings everywhere.

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Siouxon Peak, WA | July 2022

Summit: 
W7W/LC-073

The activation report for Siouxon (rhymes with “Tucson”) Peak from 2013 (http://www.pnwsota.org/node/306) is still largely correct. I just put in Google maps “Siouxon Peak” as destination and “Gresham” as start. Note that you can still hike in from the Amboy side, doing it that way allows you to view waterfalls, but requires a stream crossing. I went through Carson, NF-64, NF-6403 as per the previous trip report.

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Huckleberry Mountain, OR (Bonanza Trail) | Sept 2021

Summit: 
W7O/WV-050

In addition to the two routes to Huckleberry Mountain K7ATN describes, there is a third trail up, the Bonanza Trail. I chose this option for three reasons: I was intrigued by the fact that there was a mine shaft off the trail, it looked like it was a bit shorter than the Boulder Ridge Trail route and I thought that there would be fewer hikers taking this route on this busy Labor Day weekend Sunday.

Here is information about the hike that I used:

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Multorpor Mountain, OR | July 2021

Summit: 
W7O/CN-050

K7ATN provided a good winter access trip report, but there is a very easy trail to the summit of Multorpor mountain that bypasses having to deal with any Ski Bowl access. This activation would be good for new SOTA activators. It is easy to get to and is an easy summit trail under the shade of a forest canopy on the way up. My hike was under 3 miles and under 800 feet of climbing, you could shorten it by parking closer on the road, see below.

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ZigZag Mountain, OR | July 2021

Summit: 
W7O/CN-036

K7ATN reported poor road/driving conditions when attempting to get to the Zig Zag Mountain trailhead on the south side of Zig Zag Mountain. This report shares activation information for the north approach from Riley Horse Campground. The drive can easily be done in a passenger car (recreation permit to park). There are two options from this point, I took Cast Creek trail, and it was 12.8 miles RT with 3900 ft vertical climbing total.

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Wickiup Mountain, OR | No Access | June 2021

Summit: 
W7O/NC-024

This summit had been activated in 2018. It has also been reported as summited in PeakBagger several times.  When I went to attempt it, there were fire danger signs and "No Public Access" signs posted at the bottom gate.  There appeared to be active logging operations and it was forecast to be extremely hot and dry weather, so these signs may be temporary.  But as of now, no access.  I will remove this post, if another activator posts that it is again opened up.

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Indian Spring Butte, OR | June 2021

Summit: 
W7O/NE-033

Indian Spring Butte is very near Strawberry Mountain (W7O/NE-018) and it is possible to summit both in a single day. It is 0.8 miles one way and 600 feet of gain. There is no defined trail, but the access is straightforward because of minimal undergrowth under the tree canopy and it is an easy ridgeline to follow.

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Mt Mitchell, WA | May 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-083

This is a SOTA gem! A landowner blocked access to the original trailhead in 2011, but a new trail has now been established. The new trail has some challenges but is easy to follow, with signs of regular maintenance. The summit offers a wonderful 360-degree panorama view with Mt St Helens looming large just North of the summit.

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Monte Carlo, WA | May 2021

Summit: 
W7W/MC-061

I activated Monte Carlo in May 2021 and wanted to provide updated information about the summit.