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Clear Lake Butte, OR - snowshoe | Feb 2019

Summit: 
W7O/CN-059

Here's a long snowshoe in winter - 7 miles round trip and 800 feet elevation gain. The lookout is rented in the winter, so be sure no one is there if you climb up the stairs to take advantage of the additional height. 

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Neskowin Ridge, OR - walk-in access only

Summit: 
W7O/NC-054

We checked out access to Neskowin Ridge in January 2019 and found that it is Miami Corp. property and gated. Google Earth labels the road "Van Duzer Forest Wayside" as it is just a quarter mile west on Highway 22 to the state park with that name.

The current access status was "Walk In Only" and other times of the year it may be restricted further. It appears to be about 3 miles and 1200 feet of gain to the summit from the gate.  

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South Helena Ridge, MT | Jan 2018

Summit: 
W7M/CL-161

By Rob - AE7AP - Activation across the UTC New Year.

Bill - N7MSI & myself had a fine time squeezing 10-points out of a 2-pointer!

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Hurricane Hill, WA | March 2018

Summit: 
W7W/NO-086

Hurricane Hill is the high point of Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park. It's a fairly easy hike in the summer season, and quite a ways farther in the winter on snowshoes. The summer hike is about 3.0 miles round trip, while in winter it will be closer to 5.6 miles. Although the net elevation gain is about 500 feet, you'll be going up and down along the ridge for more elevation gain, especially in winter.

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Badger Butte, OR | July 2017

Summit: 
W7O/CN-013

Badger Butte is a four-point summit east of Mount Hood. It's a bit of trouble to reach and the last bit to the summit is cross-country, but only a half mile through fairly open forest. There are no views at the top to reward you - just contacts on the air with your fellow SOTA folks.

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Hat Point, OR | June 2017

Summit: 
W7O/NE-055

In the remote corner of the remote corner of Northeast Oregon are the Wallowa Mountains. On the eastern edge of the state, looking down into the Snake River Canyon is Hat Point, a drive-up six-point summit. 

Head east on 350 from Joseph, Oregon 30 miles to Imnaha. From there, you'll take Hat Point Road another 10 miles to the lookout and summit of Hat Point. This gravel road is steep in places, and narrow, but can be driven in a passenger car.

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Fall Mountain, OR | July 2017

Summit: 
W7O/NE-096

Here's a drive-up summit with a fire lookout (one you can rend) in Eastern Oregon. You might spring for a lookout reservation and enjoy being chased all day long - but you can also stay below te lookout on the road and let the occupants enjoy their solitude while you activate this peak.

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Lake Butte, OR | June 2017

Summit: 
W7O/NE-080

Here's an easy road walk in Eastern Oregon of about 2.1 miles round trip and 400 feet of gain. Interestingly, there's only one "Lake Butte" in Oregon - and there's no lake near it.

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Dixie Butte, OR | June 2017

Summit: 
W7O/NE-046

If you find yourself along the eastern stretches of Highway 26 and have a high clearance vehicle, this would be a nice hike of about 2.5 miles round trip to an operating fire lookout. You may elect to drive to the summit, but you may find it more comfortable to hike the narrow steep section. There was snow partially blocking the road in late June, another reason to walk the last bit.

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Wildcat Mountain, OR | July 2017

Summit: 
W7O/CE-095

Here's a nice 2.4 mile round trip hike on a quiet forest road, east of Prineville. Don't get this Wildcat Mountain mixed up with the other three summits with the same name in Oregon.