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Ward Butte, OR | Private Property

Summit: 
W7O/CC-082

Ward Butte is private property. We secured permission from the landowners to activate Ward Butte via a personal connection. 

The poison ivy on the summit is spectacular - otherwise there's nothing to recommend this activation.

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Laurel Mountain, OR | Restricted Access

Summit: 
W7O/CC-003

On the summit of Laurel Mountain, Oregon is the Falls City FAA Radar Site - a Federal Aviation Administration facility in Polk County, Oregon. The site is used to identify and track aircraft and provide air to ground radio communications. It is restricted access.

http://www.fortwiki.com/Falls_City_FAA_Radar_Site

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Peak 2791, WA | January 2021

Summit: 
W7W/MC-072

Here's an opportunity to do an easy summit if you are out in the Gorge for wine tasting, other summits or a hike at Catherine Creek. The road walk is short at 0.75 miles one-way and about 200 feet of gain. The road is Priusable the whole way but note that there are a number of "no turn turns" cited by our phone GPS on the way from Highway 14 to the trailhead - the directions below are general.

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Gerakovuni, Greece | August 2015

Summit: 
SV/ST-023

Gerakovuni is the highest point of Mount Othrys. We started in Almyros, about 19 km north of the peak.We did not follow the paint marks but used the GPS to bring us more directly to the summit. I'm not sure that was the best idea. I believe we may have passed through these two waypoints on the way to the summit. 

39.06381, 22.70841     39.05323, 22.69743

 The upland terrain is rocky and open, allowing easy cross-country.

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Trout Creek Hill, WA | Nov 2020

Summit: 
W7W/LC-120

Trout Creek Hill is a near drive-up summit north of Carson, Washington. You can reasonably drive into the AZ, but you'd rather not travel the last few hundred yards to save the finish on your vehicle. So be sure and look for a good place to turn around and leave your vehicle before that last bit of road.

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Bunker Hill, WA | Nov 2020

Summit: 
W7W/LC-134

Bunker Hill is a nicely accessible summit a few miles north of Carson, Washington. The trailhead is an easy drive, and the hike is about 3.6 miles roundtrip and 1300 feet of gain. Note that little of the gain is on the first mile or so of the hike - it's steep later. The hike starts on the Pacific Crest Trail for the first easy half mile or so.

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3042 Ginpole Pk, WA | Nov 2020

Summit: 
W7W/MC-068

There is no access to Peak 3042  -  Ginpole Peak, Washington . It is about 10 miles east of BZ Corners. Summit access is behind a gate that is posted no trespassing by Weyerhaeuser. Consider nearby 2884 - Lakeside Ridge that has a more flexible landowner that permits non-motorized access. 

 

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Peak 3020, WA | October 2020

Summit: 
W7W/LC-115

A 'sorta' near drive-up in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest north of Carson. You can drive within a mile of this unremarkable peak and likely have a nice quiet time playing radio.

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Sawtooth Mountain, WA | August 2020

Summit: 
W7W/LC-166

Any opportunity to hike the Pacific Crest Trail for SOTA is a welcome one - and this may be one of the best we've experienced of this lovely national treasure of a trail. While only a bit less than five miles round trip and 1000 feet of gain, there is a challenging steep bushwack (Mode Sanglier - On!) that takes a bit of the shine off of the trail experience. A GPS will be important to successfully identifying the edge of the AZ.

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Peak 6401, OR | Aug 2020

Summit: 
W7O/NE-205

Aldrich Mountain in Grant County has two fairly accessible summits that make a nice pair to activate as part of the same day trip.  These include Aldrich Mountain (W7O/NE-054) and 6401 (W7O/NE-205).  Both are 6-point and located in the far western part of the Malheur National Forest, with access from Hwy 26 and Forest Routes 21 (Field Creek Rd) and 2150.  Route 21 is paved while 2150 is a well-maintained gravel road.  Plan for a 15 mile drive on 2150.  There are campgrounds in the area.