Good Parking At Trailhead

Trailhead has ample, free, accessible parking
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SOTA Activation: Ryan Mountain, Riverside County, California - February 1, 2016

Summit: 
W6/CD-016

Winter Adventures in Joshua Tree National Park, California.  On a recent trip to California to visit family, we took some time to visit Joshua Tree National Park, and Activate a couple SOTA peaks.  We made the town of Twenty Nine Palms our base, "roughing it" in the relatively new Holiday Inn Express facility, and making day excursions on February 1 & 2.  This is report 1 of 2, detailing Activation of Ryan Mountain.

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SOTA Activation: Table Mountain, Los Angeles County, California - January 11, 2016

Summit: 
W6/CT-067

A return trip to Table Mountain, this time for a "winter" Activation.  This SOTA Summit has a ski area at the peak of the mountain, Mountain High North, with the ski runs going downhill (north) from the summit.  The ski area is part of the Mountain High complex of ski areas, near Wrightwood, California.  Therefore, there are excellent roads leading to Wrightwood, and beyond to the ski areas, including Mountain High North.  On this sunny winter day, a Monday, this particular part of the Mountain High ski complex was closed.  This was one of the reasons we chose a weekday for the Activation.  Nobody there!  We had the entire place to ourselves.

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Strawberry Butte - Drive-up or hike/bike/ski - near Helena (2014 activation)

Summit: 
W7M/HB-128

This is a drive-up to an old USFS fire lookout that should be accessible to most vehicles, although the road is somewhat rutted.  There is a picnic table located on the spacious, forested summit that makes for a comfortable operating position.  The road is closed to vehicles fr

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South ScratchGravel Hill, MT | April, 2014

Summit: 
w7m/cl-182

2-Miles, +950 feet

Follow Head Lane north into the Scratchgravel Hills until it reaches a BLM pullout/parking area/trailhead. Continue north past the gate on the old 2-track, turning right (Easterly) when it reaches the low saddle. Continue following the 2-track easterly, and eventually southerly as it climbs to the summit. The summit is very pleasant, with a nice level clearing amongst the scattered pines, and fine views of the city to the south.

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South Helena Ridge (1.7 miles, 800 ft)

Summit: 
W7M/CL-161

This unobtrusive summit offers a quiet, easily accessible QTH that may be conveniently accessed via the popular "Helena Ridge Trail". The Helena ridge trail is a scenic 7 mile ridge trail that connects from the trailhead at Park City to Mount Helena City Park (and on into downtown Helena). The trail is excellent for hiking or biking, and there is ample parking at the Park City trailhead. Follow the trail from the parking lot as it cuts up and around the north slope and eastern shoulder of the hill that overlooks the parking lot.

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SOTA Activation: Amabilis Mountain, Kittitas County, Washington - January 3, 2016

Summit: 
W7W/CW-076

A cold, windy & snowy winter activation of Amabilis Mountain, 4,580 feet, located east of Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, was undertaken by me and my SOTA Buddy - Tim, KG7EJT.  The forecast was for a substantial change from the sunny but cold weather this area had been enjoying the previous week.  The TH is easy to reach, most of the time, being right at Exit 63, Highway I-90.  The route we took followed the XC Ski groomed logging road leading from the Lodge Creek / Swamp Creek Basin to the summit area of Amabilis. The route was 11.18  miles RT, gaining approximately 2,050 feet elevation.

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Rampart Mtn., Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana

Summit: 
W7M/FS-071

Straight Cr. Approach (3,000 ft, 2.5 mi, 23 mi approach)

This is the SOTA summit that is furthest from any road within Montana.
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Bend Benchmark - Short and fun early season hike near Helena

Summit: 
W7M/CL-194

W7M/CL-194      Bend Benchmark (0.8 Miles, + 893 Ft) 

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Jumbo Mtn., Trail hike to remote fire lookout in Bob Marshall Wilderness

Summit: 
W7M/GA-055

Jumbo Mountain (3.4 mi., 3,400 ft, 16-mile approach)

The approach and climb to Jumbo Mountain offers a scenic journey through the remote and spectacular Bob Marshall Wilderness.  We included this activation as part of a 9-day loop trip through the Bob Marshall Wilderness that included three SOTA activations.