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Tulalip Hill, WA | Feb 2019

Summit: 
W7W/SN-185

Tulalip Hill is an easy 1-point drive-up summit located in Snohomish County, WA.  While the summit is located on private property, there is a public boat launch on the northeast corner of the lake which is within the activation zone.  Thanks to Jason KV7DX (previously KE7UIU) for providing this information to myself and other activators!

There is no permit, or fee required.

Link to Snohomish County website with information regarding Lake Loma:https://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/5377/Loma

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Lummi Peak, WA | November 2019

Summit: 
W7W/WH-197

Lummi Peak is a 2 point summit located in Whatcom County, WA.  A short ferry ride will take you to Lummi Island, which was $13 for vehicle with driver (as of Nov 2019).  After deciding to take a Friday vacation day, Jason KV7DX (previously KE7UIU) suggested Lummi Peak.  He had activated the summit twice (Aug 17 and Dec 18), and it sounded like the perfect option for a cold and sunny November day.  I was also excited to try out a portable setup for FT8.

Directions:  

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Park Butte, WA | July 2019

Summit: 
W7W/WH-162

Park Butte was one of my favorite hikes this year, and is a 6 point summit located near Mount Baker in Whatcom County, WA.  Thank you to Todd W7TAO for his YouTube SOTA videos, which sparked my interest activating.  Definitely enjoyed hiking near Mt Baker, the views, and activating near the lookout.  Since it is a heavily trafficked trail, this was mid-week activation.

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2018 Discovery View Hill, WA | July 2019

Summit: 
W7W/NO-192

2018 Discovery View Hill is a drive-up 2 point summit SW of Sequim.  While visiting family in the area, I was looking for a quick activation option in 2018.  Since 2018, more of the summit has been logged and the views were amazing from the south side.  You are able to see buildings from downtown Seattle, and have great radio line-of-sight to the Puget Sound and Canada.  

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Highwire, WA | June 2019

Summit: 
W7W/SN-177

There have been quite a few activations for this 1 point summit in Snohomish County near Sultan, WA... With it staying light much later, decided to try an after work activation.  

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Bald Hill, WA (near Monroe) | March 2019

Summit: 
W7W/SN-183

Bald Hill is located just west of Monroe in Snohomish County, WA.  While the summit is on private property, there is a small activation zone located in the SE corner of Lord Hill Regional Park.  Hiking distance was ~2.2miles RT, and 467 feet of gain (most of which was in short section of Pipeline trail). 

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Flagg Mountain, WA | May 2019

Summit: 
W7W/OK-256

Flagg Mountain is a great 4 point short hike (or drive-up) summit located west of Winthrop, WA.  For a day trip, it could be combined with Goat Peak Lookout summit W7W/OK-107.  

Directions/Access:

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1164 Good Copy Hill, WA - May 2019

Summit: 
W7W/SN-179

Sunny day in North Puget Sound, and was able to leave a bit early from work.  After mentioning wanting to do a quick SOTA, KV7DX suggested Good Copy Hill... since it was close to my home QTH, and relatively quick hike.  I've tried activating Good Copy Hill in the past, by approaching from the South...but there is not a good access point.  Use Heimer road, and follow directions below to access.  

Directions:

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Baldy, WA (between Ellensburg and Yakima), April 2019

Summit: 
W7W/CW-095

A rainy weekend in Western, WA led me to look for options on the Eastern side.  Tim (KG7EJT) had done Baldy a week prior, and looked like a great option.  

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Patterson Mountain, WA April 2019

Summit: 
W7W/OK-275

After the North Cascades Highway opened, enjoyed taking a mid-week day to activate this summit near Winthrop, WA.  Spring is a great time as temperatures were in mid-60's, there was no snow, and some flowers were blooming.  Both WTA and AllTrails have great trail information, and links are provided below.  Trailhead is located about 15 minutes (7.8 miles) from main 4-way stop in Winthrop.  Boatlaunch & Trailhead parking is at the Northeast corner of Patterson Lake, and a Discover pass is required for parking at the boat launch.