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Fields Peak, OR | Sep 2022

Summit: 
W7O/NE-048

This is a short but steep hike between Dayville and Mt. Vernon Oregon. Mileage is 4.5 round trip and elevation gain is 1850 ft. Starting point is the McClellan Mountain Trailhead, located at 44.3219, -119.2659.

Directions to the trailhead are on the FS website here:

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Rattlesnake Ridge, OR | Sep 2022

Summit: 
W7O/NE-076

This activation begins by getting to the Joaquin Miller Trail Head off of US-395 south of John Day Oregon. Interestingly Google Maps shows this trailhead and the roads to it, but does not provide driving directions to it. My Garmin road GPS did get us there and the driving directions are on the FS website here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/malheur/recreation/hunting/recarea/?recid=39958&actid=54 .

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Zero Butte, OR | Sep 2022

Summit: 
W7O/CE-236

Apparently the op that hesitates is lost. After years of driving by it I finally stopped.

Zero  Butte is now posted. See picture and attached link to peak bagger.

https://www.peakbagger.com/climber/ascent.aspx?aid=1647185

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Puffer Butte, WA | Sep 2022

Summit: 
W7W/WE-051

Puffer Butte is located in Washington’s Field Springs State Park in the very southeast corner of the state. The hike is less than a mile and 400 feet. There are plenty of Trees on the summit for hanging wires. I had spotty Verizon coverage. For more:

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/puffer-butte#hike-full-description

 

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Needle Point OR | July 2022

Summit: 
W7O/NE-019

Needle Point is the lowest 10 point summit in Oregon. It is not the easiest. It is located in the Eagle Cap Wilderness in north eastern Oregon. Access to the trail head is via Union, Oregon.

It is a nineteen mile round trip hike with 5000 feet of total elevation gain.

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Pinochle Peak, OR | May 2021

Summit: 
W7O/NC-008

I received some pointers from Anne, K7AHR, they were crucial to getting there as the map and mapping software suggested turning up the west bank of the Salmonberry River. That road is replete with no trespassing signs.

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Mt Crystal, WA | February 2022

Summit: 
W7W/MC-074

Here is a pavement to trailhead activation if you find yourself in the Columbia River Gorge near White Salmon, WA. A short hike of 1 mile and 700 feet of elevation gain will get you the chance at this 2 pointer. The hike is mostly on a good gravel road and the last bit is easy cross country (for now) as they ran a cat over almost all of it, so not much to push through or step over.

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Peak 2730, "Gold Creek Peak", OR |Oct 2021

Summit: 
W7O/NC-077

Peak 2730, NC-077, is an unnamed peak in the coast range. It is on Stimson land and so is accessible in accordance with their recreational use policies. I’m calling it Gold Creek Peak, because it is the high point between Gold Creek and North Gold Creek. It is also called that on Peak Bagger. It is located between SOTA summits: Gold Peak, NC-020, and Edwards Butte, NC-007.

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Gold Peak, OR | Oct 2021

Summit: 
W7O/NC-020

1.2 miles round trip. ~900ft elevation gain. Moderate bushwhack.

Gold Peak is a one point steep bushwhack in the Tillamook State Forest. To get to the trailhead one needs first to get to the Trask River Road out of the town of Tillamook. From Portland there are two cutoffs. One is longer and paved, the other good gravel. Travel times are similar, but the gravel route is shorter.