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Lemei Rock, WA | September 2020

Summit: 
W7W/LC-002

I approached this peak on a backpacking trip from the west, from Bear Lake, and hiked on Indian Heaven Trail to Lemei Trail; this made it 6 miles and 1100' gain. You can approach instead from Lemei Trailhead, making this a 9 mile, 2500' gain hike.

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Gifford Peak, WA | September 2020

Summit: 
W7W/LC-022

Summary:

Gifford Peak is a forested summit above Blue Lake in the Indian Heaven Wilderness. This area is a popular destination for day hikers and backpackers, directly on the Pacific Crest Trail, so be prepared to meet crowds any day with good weather. The lake can be approached from either Falls Creek Horse Camp or the Thomas Lake Trailhead. Once there, take Thomas Lake Trail to the northwest corner of the lake, and proceed up the ridge off-trail. The ridge is pronounced and easy to follow to the true summit.

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Henline Mountain, OR | July 2020

Summit: 
W7O/WV-040

Henline is a relatively low traffic hiking trail in the Opal Creek Wilderness. It boasts rhododendrons, a mostly-well-maintained trail, and reasonably consistent gains. The hike is entirely on public right of way, and can be accessed via North Fork Santiam Road and NFDR 2207 from Hwy 22 out of Salem. Turn left on North Fork Santiam Road about 22 miles from I-5, then drive straight. Eventually this road turns to a moderate gravel road, followed by a fork between 2207 and 2209. Take the left fork and head uphill a ways. You'll pass the more popular Henline Falls Trailhead.

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Bare Mountain, WA | June 2020

Summit: 
W7W/LC-061

Bare Mountain is an easy bushwhack up from a decent-quality dirt road. There are several approaches, but this one is by far the easiest - and may have once been a trail to the summit. I recommend GPS, as there is no defined trail and coming down it is hard to follow your own tracks - though if you stay east of the original tracks you will still come out on the road. I could probably make it down NF-311 in a sedan. We walked from the pull-off on NF-311.

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West Twin Rocks, WA | June 2020

Summit: 
W7W/LC-057

Twin Rocks is a pair of peaks above a ridge. The best access road is NF-54, from Carson, WA to nearly the trailhead for Soda Peaks Lake, then turn left on NF-34. NF-54 is almost entirely paved, but NF-34 is a lower-quality gravel road with overhanging branches and small rocks rather than large gravel. Having high clearance really helped, although a substantial distance could be made in a sedan, and the rest easily walked.

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4100 Circuitboard Mountain, WA |

Summit: 
W7W/LC-079

The first of three activations in a weekend - if you can activate this one, I recommend several other peaks in the area as well. This was a first activation, so subsequent attempts may find better routes.

 

I planned a weekend with three summits in a day, and by all accounts probably could have managed if it weren't for a few things.

Getting there:

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Dinah-Mo Peak, OR | May 2020

Summit: 
W7O/CN-009

Adrian, Patrick and I headed up for some backpacking/activating on Friday. We drove to South Breitenbush Trailhead with the intent of camping 2 miles in then attempting a first activation of Dinah-Mo Peak and heading back down the next day. Well, with what I thought was an hour of slack time, we encountered first some downed trees on NF46 (Clackamas River Hwy - Breitenbush River Road) and then were stopped by downed trees a mile and a half from the trailhead. No big deal, we have a little time, right?

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Peak 2384, Oregon | April, 2020

Summit: 
W7O/NC-094

This is one of the last holdouts near Portland! After a successful first activation by AF7MD on W7O/NC-082, and the previous activation last year of W7O/NC-085 by WJ7WJ, I thought it was high time to bag this one before anyone else got to it!

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Peak 850 (Fairsing Vineyard), Oregon | August, 2019

Summit: 
W7O/NC-125

It's about time I wrote this one up, almost a year after.

This peak stood out as one of the remaining peaks on private or questionably accessible land at the beginning of 2019, in the Portland metro area.

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Peak 6001 (Jean Lake Peak), Oregon | February 2020

Summit: 
W7O/CN-078

I was looking for a reasonably tough snowshoe that could be accomplished in a day, and with few bonus point opportunities, and only so many sno parks, I kept coming back to my favorite mountains from last year. I decided to give this a try, and all things considered it went very well.