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Activating Restricted Access Haystack Butte WA

Summit: 
W7W/MC-070

Haystack Butte sits on a large section of land that is owned by a wind power generation organization and is also home to various communications sites.  It is restricted access behind fences and locked gates (and it is not the LC-081 peak).  It is marked by numerous signs indicating authorized personel only / no trespassing under threat of prosecution, etc.  I work for a company which has a communications site in the activation zone of Haystack Butte and was able to gain permission to operate there during a

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Lookout Mtn WA Advice Sept. 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-066

Just a short note about driving up to Lookout Mountain outside of Carson WA, summit ID W7W/LC-066.   I went up with my VW Tiguan which is AWD and has a little ground clearance and it didnt have any trouble in that regard.  However, I would strongly advise NOT going up to this summit with passenger car highway tires.  I have heavier duty tires on my Tiguan because I am frequently off the pavement.  There are lots of sharp looking rocks in areas of the last several miles of this trip.  Probably the last 3 or 4 miles is very narrow and few if any good places to tu

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Activating Paulina Peak Hints

Summit: 
W7O/CE-009

I just thought I would add some notes about activating Paulina Peak that might be helpful to prepare somebody else down the road.  Getting there is easy and well documented so I wont waste time with that, important however as noted elsewhere - NW Forest Pass required or pay at the entrance station.  I have a pass so I dont know what the entrance fee is.  My verizon service with SOTA GOAT worked perfectly the entire time I was up there.  I was also able to text and send photos easily.   The views are spectacular and never cease to amaze me everytime I go up ther

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W7O/CE-298, Peak# 4676 Access

Summit: 
W7O/CE-298

Today after completing an activation of Round Butte near Madras Oregon I scouted a possible access route to Peak# 4676, W7O/CE-298 which is located kind of SE of Grizzly Mountain (W7O/CE-135) near Prineville OR.  I found a satellite image of a decent looking parking area off of Grizzly road that would leave about a 2 mile hike up a ridge to the summit.  If you google map 11300 Grizzly Road, Prineville OR you will be in the neighborhood of where I was going to look.  Unfortunately just past this address on Grizzly Road is a gate with lots of very important looking signage...

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Stacker Butte

Summit: 
W7W/MC-063

To get to Stacker Butte, Washington, from Interstate 84, take exit 87 at the Dalles and go north across the Columbia River for approximately 3.5 miles to Highway 14.  Note; After taking exit 87 and turning north, there is a McDonalds on the left.  This is the last opportunity for "facilities".  If you don't use them, Stacker butte is very exposed all the way up, and you will be too!  Also, this bridge crossing the Columbia is NOT a toll bridge.  When you get to Highway 14, turn right (east) and go about 0.9 miles to Dalles Mtn Rd and turn left.

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Middle Mountain Oregon Activation 9-12-15

Summit: 
W7O/CN-075

Middle Mountain Oregon W7O/CN-075 is a pretty easy activation.  From Hwy 26 travel approximately 28 miles north on Hwy 35 towards the town of Hood River.  At 28 miles turn left (west) on Gilhauly Road.  Shortly after turning on to Gilhauly Road there is a forest service gate that is normally open but just be aware of its existance.  Travel 1.6 miles on Gilhauly Road.  At 1.6 miles you will come to a fairly wide delta shaped "Y" intersection.  Keep right at this intersection.