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NS7P activation of Patterson Mountain in Lane County on October 3, 2017

Summit: 
W7O/WV-045

Patterson Mountain is a 4460’ asl summit a few miles west of Oakridge, OR. It is rated at two points. To get there, drive east on Highway 58 for 24.7 miles from I-5 Exit 188A. Between mile posts 24 and 25 turn right on gravel Patterson Mountain Road 5840 and drive  five uphill miles to a fork at Patterson Saddle.

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NS7P activation of King Mountain in southern OR on October 6, 2017

Summit: 
W7O/SC-014

On a beautiful early October day, my XYL and I headed south to check out a W7O/SC-xxx summit. We chose King Mountain, a 5264 ft, four point peak with RF facilities on top. To get there get off of I-5 at Exit 78 and head east onto Speaker Rd. This road merges onto 33-5-10 which continues on past Azalea, OR.

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NS7P activation of Table Rock near Silver Lake, OR on September 29, 2017

Summit: 
W7O/CE-137

Table Rock, near Silver Lake, OR, is a distinctive flat topped butte that is visible for many miles away. It is a four point summit at 5621’ asl, that can be a drive up if you have a high clearance, 4x4 vehicle and some nerve. Its south central OR location is fairly remote, but I think it is worth the drive. My XYL, Christina, did most of the driving.

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Update on Grass Mountain near Alsea ,OR

Summit: 
W7O/CC-002

 

This is a quick update on Grass Mountain, W7O/CC-002, near Alsea, OR. In the past, this trail to a grassy meadow with nice views of the valley below was worth the time and effort.

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Powell Butte HP is off limits

Summit: 
W7O/CE-169

Powell Buttes HP is an RF intensive summit between Redmond and Prineville, OR. I believe that it is a VOR site in addition to the other typical radio equipment. It is clearly marked as off limits.

 

Give this one a pass.

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Acker Rock is an awesome operating aerie east of Canyonville, OR

Summit: 
W7O/CS-137

On June 7, 2017 my wife and I were in the region east of Canyonville, OR. After enjoying Pickett Butte, we headed to Acker Rock, another rock outcrop with a lookout perched on top. Both of these are 2 point summits.

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The Devil made us do it

Summit: 
W7O/CC-053

This was the last of four Elkton, OR area summits that we explored on May 21, 2017. With a name like that, we were a bit apprehensive, but we set off along a route I traced on a topo map. It starts by turning off of Highway 38 onto Wetherly Creek Rd. This took us into an intense logging area, but no one was working on Sunday.

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Surrounding Bell Mountain, near Elkton, OR

Summit: 
W7O/CC-061

The third of four Elkton area summits that we went after was Bell Mountain, W7O/CC-061. We tried two routes. One was based on Google Maps directions, and the other was finding a route on the USGS topo map.

 

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Saddle Butte near Elkton, OR

Summit: 
W7O/CC-058

The second Elkton, OR area summit on our exploration list was Saddle Butte, W7O/CC-058.  The road to this summit starts near W7O/CC-80; but it looks considerably longer and more involved (I think it is called Little Tom Foley Rd). We headed out, and the road went through clearcuts and forests, but the dirt and gravel road quality was good.