Exposed Trail

Mostly exposed (to sun, wind, etc) trail
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SOTA Activation: Circle Mountain, Los Angeles County, California - October 31, 2014

Summit: 
W6/CT-071

Pearls On A Necklace – SOTA Adventures in W6/CT. Strung along the Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2, Los Angeles County, California), which runs through the San Gabriel Mountains, on the stretch between the Pasadena / Glendale area the south, and the Apple Valley / Victorville area to the north, lie more than 20 SOTA listed summits.  Most are 6 to 8 point summits. Proximity to Los Angeles, relatively easy access and beautiful terrain, similar to east slope Washington and Oregon Cascades, make this a “tourist delight” area.  On 3 separate days, between October 31, 2014 and November 4, 2014, I activated five (5) of these SOTA summits.  This report is #4 of 5.

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Browder Ridge North, October 11, 2014

Summit: 
W7O/CM-127

Directly across Hwy 20 from Iron Mountain at Tombstone pass is peak
5436, CM-127. Its really a part of Browser Ridge extending towards
the northwest from the other Browser Ridge peak CM-056.

Access to CM-127 is via NF-15 which turns off US Hwy 20 about 1000m
west of Tombstone pass. Take NF-15 to the trailhead for trail 3409
which is located right where NF-080 splits off.

It was supposed to be a nice day in the valley, and I heard it was.
On this day however, the Cascades had a different idea. At the trail

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Jove Peak Activation - Sept 16 2014

Summit: 
W7W/SN-058

 This could be the second of two 6-point peaks in the same day when you combine this with an activation of Union Peak (SN-082) - you'll want to cross Union on the way to Jove anyway!

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Union Peak Activation - Sept 16 2014

Summit: 
W7W/SN-082

This could be the first of two 6-point peak activations in the same day - just combine this with Jove Peak (SN-058) which is just a bit further up the same trail. These peaks are located in the Mt Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest just east of Steven’s Pass on. Access is via a Forest Service Road #6700 (Smithbrook) iwhich is rough, but ok for passenger vehicles. Parking is off of a spur road, so a NW Forest Pass isn’t needed here.

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Dock Butte Activation - Sept 14, 2014

Summit: 
W7W/SK-100

Dock Butte has great views of it's Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest home. There is plenty of antenna room on the summit and it's only a short 3-mile roundtrip hike. The trail is great - a bit steep and requires just a very short scramble near the top. It took us about an hour from the trailhead. 

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First SOTA Activation: Jester Mountain, Kittitas / Chelan Counties (on dividing line), Washington - September 3, 2014

Summit: 
W7W/CW-054

No Joke on Jester Mountain, but Mr. Murphy (as in Murphy's Law) showed up. Fall is nearly in the air.  The flowers are long gone, replaced by late season berries and mushrooms.  Air temperature when leaving the car at 9:00 AM was 44 degrees F.  Crossing Snoqualmie Pass, the weather was rainly, foggy & windy.  It did not look promising, but the anticipated East Slope of Cascades Rain Shadow was in effect, and we had a glorious day in the Wenatchee mountains.

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Hamaker Mountain, OR | August 2014

Summit: 
W7O/CE-051

Get yourself to Keno, Oregon and you'll be within a few miles of a couple of good summits. Hamaker Mountain may be the only six point PAVEMENT drive up in Oregon. Keno is about 12 miles SW of Klamath Falls on the Green Springs Highway 66, or about half that distance to the NW from Highway 97 on the Keno-Worden Road from the wide spot that is Worden, Oregon.

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SOTA Activation: Monte Tamaro, Ticino Canton, Switzerland - July 31, 2014

Summit: 
HB/TI-131

Skunked In Switzerland!


My ambitions for activating several SOTA Summits in Switzerland fell far short.  Switzerland has been experiencing one of the worst "summer" seasons in many decades.  This is impacting tourism, and certainly impacted our plans.

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Stevens Peak, WA | July 2014

Summit: 
W7W/PL-007

Stevens Peak in Mount Rainier National Park, is a committed alpine climb. It's recommended you prepare carefully reading guidebooks and climbing websites, and making sure you have the necessary skills, experience and equipment. You will need to be able to handle wilderness route finding, high angle snow ascent and descent, mixed rock and snow, rock climbing, and challenging terrain.

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Unicorn Peak, WA | July 2014

Summit: 
W7W/PL-003

There are two Unicorn Peaks in Washington - this Unicorn Peak is in the Tatoosh Range in Mount Rainier National Park. Unicorn Peak is a committed alpine climb - it can't really be considered a hike.