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McKinley Ridge, WA | November 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-088

TL;DR: Trailhead for a good "trail" to the AZ: 45.79083, -122.17261

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McKinley Ridge, WA | November 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-088

TL;DR: Trailhead for a good "trail" to the AZ: 45.79083, -122.17261

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Hat Rock, Washington | October 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-017

NOTE: Forest Road 9341 is blocked by a rockslide at 46.23071, -121.82871 and there is an additional 3 mi approach to the trailhead on pavement. 

This was summit 2 of a 2 First Activation day. 

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Snagtooth Mountain, WA | October 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-019

This was summit 1 of a 2 First Activation day with Hat Rock W7W/LC-017

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South Sister | September 2021

Summit: 
W7O/CM-001

9/25/2021 had a favorable weather forecast and also happened to line up with the first weekend where permits are no longer required. Casey (non-ham) drove out from Eugene and met me at the Devils Lake trailhead at 10pm (9/24). We slept a couple hours and started the climb at 2:10am. 

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Horse Ridge, OR | September 2021

Summit: 
W7O/CE-176

An outing to Pine Mountain offers an opportunity to activate 3 summits: W7O/CE-058, W7O/CE-068, and W7O/CE-176. After Pine Benchmark, I drove back to HWY 20 and headed west. I turned left on Spencer Wells Rd to head towards the OHV area. This summit was a bit of a weird one. There is a road all the way to the top. My efforts to get TO that road were thwarted by private property and no tresspassing signs. Perhaps it is possible to reach that road and take it up, but I was unsuccessful today.

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Pine Benchmark, OR | September 2021

Summit: 
W7O/CE-068

An outing to Pine Mountain offers an opportunity to activate 3 summits: W7O/CE-058, W7O/CE-068, and W7O/CE-176. After activating Pine Mountain. I drove up the road to Pine Benchmark. The road at 43.80666, -120.94173 is gated, but not locked. I drove through and closed the gate behind me.

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Pine Mountain, OR | September 2021

Summit: 
W7O/CE-058

An outing to Pine Mountain offers an opportunity to activate 3 summits: W7O/CE-058, W7O/CE-068, and W7O/CE-176. I started the day early with Pine Mountain. The main road up the mountain is heavily washboarded. Take 43.80066, -120.93746 and head up the good forest road. A sedan will have no trouble. I parked at the broad saddle and found a trail heading up the mountain.

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Squaw Butte | September 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-050

Squaw Butte in Washington is a good beginner bushwack hike. I met up with Tyler ND7Y at the Tillicum Campground and we parked our cars in a campsite near the trailhead. Tyler had found word of an old cattrack that leaves the Squaw Butte trail and heads to the summit. Overall this is an easy hike. The bushwack is manageable and the distance/elevation is reasonable. The trail to the cattrack is in good condition. Find the GPX track HERE

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Barlow Ridge W7O/CN-028 | August 2021

Summit: 
W7O/CN-028

This was my first time up Barlow Ridge in the summer. Park at the Barlow Pass Sno-Park with a NW Forest Pass. The trail is well-marked, albeit the signs are up high due to this area's popularity during the winter. I encountered quite a few large blow down trees at the start of the hike, so be prepared for some significant tree scrambling.