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South Point, WA | Sep 2022

Summit: 
W7W/PL-015

A steady, relentless 3000 ft climb over 3.6 mi to the summit.  The trail is mostly forested until you make the ridge, about 100 ft (elevation) of the summit, then you get spectacular views of Rainier, Adams, St Helens, and the Goat Rocks.  The summit is exposed with a few nearby trees.  It also is a repeater site for the USFS. When I was there, it was HOT and really no where to get out of the sun.

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Potato Hill, WA | Access Update Aug 2022

Summit: 
W7W/MC-088

WTA has a good Trail Report at https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/trip-reports/trip_report.2015-03-26.4118740807 with good general directions to PCT parking off the paved FS-5603 road. 

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Saving the Waldo Mtn Lookout from the Cedar Fire

Summit: 
W7O/CM-034

The Cedar Creek Fire is threatening the Waldo Mtn Lookout.  The Middle Fork District (Willamette Nat'l Forest) wrap the lookout with a fire-resistant laminate foil.  Hopefully the lookout escapes the nearby fire...

Pretty cool video of the wrap process:  https://fb.watch/eNAnhAXa1-/

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Clear Lake Tower Operator Info

Summit: 
W7O/CN-059

Please follow K7ATN's previous report for directions to this summit. 

In 2022 the tower lookout is Michelle who has been there for 8 seasons.  Very friendly and ham-radio accomodating.  Like other fire tower operators, announce yourself so Michelle knows you are there.  There is a public port-a-potty and a picnic table that can be used.  With permission, i hung one end of my EFHW from the tower structure, actually my rope supporting the EFHW.

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Termination Peak Re-Deux

Summit: 
W7W/LC-084

Great Vistas from the Termination Point summit!

Termination Point was the site of a now abandoned FS Lookout.  Kreske's book says it was built in the 1930s but later abandoned.  The view of Adams, Rainier, and St Helens are majestic and with a little hike to the south, Mt Hood.  The summit is small, about 20' x 20' but with steep dropoffs to the east - great RF takeoff angles.

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Red Mountain Update: Gate Open!

Summit: 
W7W/LC-036

Follow other blog entries for accurate directions to the access road.  The first gate at FS60 road is gone, at least destroyed.  A second gate about a mile in was also open but might  be locked later in the season.

Normally, from FS60, this is a 3.3 mi/ 1600 ft elev gain hike but I was able to drive to with 1/2 mi of the summit where I hit snow drifts covering the road. I would expect these to melt out over the next 3-4 weeks or so, making the summit potentially a drive-up where parking would be available.  

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Capacitor Peak Update

Summit: 
W7W/LC-071

FS6801 Rd is not obscure to find and clear of windfall until about 1 mi. in.  Directions to FS6801 are available by other blog entries.  Going east on FS60, if you get to the PCT, you've gone too far.  

From where I parked (see map below), it was a 2.75 mi road hike.  Even if the windfall logs (4 of them) were cleared, the maple, alder, and doug fir are growing into the road space, meaning a few scratches on vehicles.  The road ends at a turn-around location with great views of Mt. Hood to the south.  There was a 1000 ft elev gain for this track.

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Wildhorse Lookout

Summit: 
W7O/SC-098

Great location and good access from FS Rd 33- Agnes Rd.  Road paved for several miles then a wide, well-maintained gravel road.  Ample parking across from the road gate.  Easy 1/2-mi hike to the summit.  Old fire lookout is decommissioned but easy to hang one end of your EFHW and sit at the picnic table.  360-deg view from the bald summit.

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Silver Star Mtn via Rock Creek Camp

Summit: 
W7W/LC-058

Silver Star Mtn in southwest WA has incredible views of Portland and Vancouver, including the 5 major peaks.  On a clear day, you can easily see Saddle Mountain in the coast range.

See my trip report on the Wash Trails Assoc website, including my .gpx track.  I came in from the west from Rock Creek Camp.  Great 2wd road, good parking and a 2.0 mile hike to the summit.  Much, much better than the Sunset Falls north access road.  

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Huffaker Mtn Sept 2016

Summit: 
W7W/PL-092

This is a GPS-required hike in order to return safely to your parked vehicle.  This is a treed, non-descript summit. You can get within 1/2-mile on FR2505 then it's a bushwhack to the summit AZ.  I parked at the rusted gate just before FR2505 becomes quite narrow.  I followed the narrow road up for about 1/4-mile until it ended, then marked a waypoint and started the final 1/4-mile bushwhack to the summit.  There is a decent forest road that leads the summit but couldn't determine where that road leads coming down from the summit.