Exposed Trail

Mostly exposed (to sun, wind, etc) trail
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Peak 4180 "Capacitor Pk", WA | June 2014

Summit: 
W7W/LC-071

There are a nice bunch of summits north of Carson, Washington - this one is a near drive up - as long as you have a high clearance vehicle. 

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SOTA Activation: Red Top Mountain, Kittitas County, Washington - July 1, 2014

Summit: 
W7W/CW-061

Easy 2 Mile RT (or less) leads to this fantastic overlook of the Teanaway River Valley, Mount Stuart Range, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams and hundreds of other Cascade peaks.

All SOTA contacts were on 20M SSB, using my 20M inverted V dipole suspended fron a 22 ft. Carbon Fiber fishing pole.  I made 12 contacts in 8 states over approximately 30 minutes. 

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Wampus Butte | March 2014

Summit: 
W7O/CM-095

Wampus Butte is another easily accessible summit near La Pine. Below is a map of the route we wished we had taken as it would have been much more direct (from Hwy 97, west on Burgess Rd to NF-44/E. Deschutes Rd and follow it to NF-600. It is about 1.5 miles on this road to the left turn up to the summit). This was a nice snowshoe in March but would probably be mostly almost a drive-up in summer. It was cloudy when we were up there but I think there would be a nice view on a clear day.

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Dragontail Peak, WA | May 2014

Summit: 
W7W/CH-007

Dragontail Peak, near Leavenworth, WA, is a committed and remote alpine climb - it can't really be considered a hike. This trip report can only give an impression and some basic facts - you will need to prepare carefully and appropriately by 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, rock climbing, and challenging terrain.

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SOTA Activation: San Gabriel Peak, Los Angeles County, California - May 23, 2014

Summit: 
W6/CT-019

On a brief vacation in Southern California to visit family, I managed to activate three (3) SOTA peaks.  This is report 1 of 3 for this trip.


San Gabriel is 1,878 Meters, 6,161 feet elevation.  It is a 6 point SOTA Summit.

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Red Mountain, WA | April 2014

Summit: 
W7W/LC-036

Here's a six point summit to tackle on a nice summer day - we tried it with lots of snow and found a blizzard at the top in mid-April. The trail is on a road of about 7 miles round trip and about 1800 feet of gain.

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Mount St. Helens, WA | March 2014

Summit: 
W7W/LC-001

A very long day to get ten points - the usual for the Northwest.

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Gales Peak, OR | February 2012

Summit: 
W7O/NC-043

Gales Peak is probably on the "not recommended" list for activations near Portland. Although access is possible, you are not allowed to do it with a motor vehicle, making the six mile round-trip on a logging road fairly unattractive.

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Wanderers Peak, OR | Dec 2013

Summit: 
W7O/WV-052

A near "drive-up" two-point summit in the Clackamas River drainage with good views. This area is likely busy in the summer but it was mostly quiet on this December day.