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Silver Star, WA | November 2016

Summit: 
W7W/LC-058

Silver Star is a classic hike in SW Washington that should be on everyone's list to do at least once.

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Bull of the Woods, OR | August 2014

Summit: 
W7O/WV-009

Bull of the Woods is a pleasant and popular hike south of Estacada of about 6.5 miles and 1300 feet of gain. There's an unused (but locked) fire lookout at the summit, giving you a chance to be out of the sun (or rain) to activate by standing under the structure.

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Oak Grove Butte, OR | October 2016

Summit: 
W7O/CN-052

Here's a near drive-up south of Estacada with a hike as short as a quarter mile and 200 feet of gain.

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Mount Lowe, OR | October 2016

Summit: 
W7O/CN-021

Mount Lowe is another former fire lookout sites in the Oregon Cascades - it's a short hike of about 3 miles round-trip and perhaps a net of 300 feet of gain.

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Rock Butte, OR | October 2016

Summit: 
W7O/CN-055

Rock Butte is a short bushwhack with no views or other redeeming qualities in the Activation Zone. It's just past Timothy Lake east of Mount Hood.

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Wards Butte, OR | October 2016

Summit: 
W7O/CC-040

Wards Butte is near Cottage Grove, Oregon and can be accessed from the south by I-5 exit 170 and from the north by exit 174. This summit was not activated. The road to the summit is gated, but not posted, so it should be accessible - however, it appears to be 3.2 miles one-way to the summit - quite a distance for just one point.

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Mount Pisgah, OR | October 2016

Summit: 
W7O/WV-088

Mount Pisgah is a 'near' urban summit just east of Eugene. It is known as Mount Pisgah Arboretum and as the Howard Burford Recreation Area. It's a short 1.5 miles, but steep with 1050 feet of elevation gain from the parking lot to the summit. It features some of the last remaining oak savanna that once dominated the Willamette Valley and the summit has good views. 

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Round Butte, OR | December 2015

Summit: 
W7O/CN-074

Here's a pleasant and easy pavement drive-up activation just east of Madras in Central Oregon. You might consider it as you travel between Bend and Portland sometime. There are nice views from the top, good parking, and trees and sagebrush to support most antennas.

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Juniper Butte, OR | October 2016

Summit: 
W7O/CE-223

Here's a quiet Central Oregon summit for those with a high clearance vehicle - or anyone that wants a bit of hiking as one could walk the rutted dirt road or even go directly cross-country to the summit (although direct would be a bit steep).

 

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Haystack Butte, OR | No Access

Summit: 
W7O/CE-221

Haystack Butte in Central Oregon is fenced and posted as "Fee Access Only." Don't despair for summits to activate nearby however, as two other accessible peaks are within a few miles. W7O/CE-223 - Juniper Butte right across Highway 97 and W7O/CN-074 - Round Butte, a pavement drive-up a few miles north east of Madras.