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No Name 7032 Near Todd Lake, OR | Aug 2023


It was a bit surprising that this summit had not been activated. It is a fairly easy hike but it does require a back country permit for access in the Three Sisters Wilderness, which may have put some folks off. Also, Todd Lake is quite busy in the Summer tourism months and permits are limited, though we had no trouble getting one a couple days prior to our planned outing.


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Ryan Mountain, Idaho


  This is a nice drive up summit with either a high clearance vehicle or ORV.  From Idaho Falls, Idaho, take Hwy US 20 past Rexburg ID and turn off at Exit 339 toward ID-33 Driggs/Jackson Hole exit.  Go through the small town of Teton and proceed East 16 miles to Canyon Creek RD on your right.  You will merge onto N Canyon Creek Rd and pass Green Canyon Hot Springs.  Stay on this road a couple of miles until you see a FS sign saying Relay Ridge trail 219 on your left.  Stay on 219 approx 9 miles on this 4 wheel drive/OVR road and it will take you to Ryans Peak.

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Red Cone, OR 2023


There is already some written on Red Cone. I find a lot of the CLNP hikes difficult in the soft pumice which this is, most of the way. I am putting my 2c in on the AZ. I went alone and was told the first summit is in the AZ. When I arrived it sure didn't look like it so I walked the saddle, checked the low point in the saddle, and it seemed about 110' below the true summit according to all my GPS and topo lines on the map. I also used N6ARA's AZ app and it too says the first peak is not in the AZ.

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Tipsoo Peak, OR | July 2023


After arriving Thursday afternoon at the W7O Campout, Ryan NN7M invited me to join him and his dog Tori for a hike to Tipsoo Peak.  This summit was recently added as a new SOTA summit in Feb 2023, and was excited to hear this would be a first activation (Mark K7MAS also activated the summit the next day...and was part of the first UTC day activation)


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Kaser Ridge, OR | July 2023


The summit of Kaser Ridge is a drive-up radio site located on private property. Public access is restricted due to no trespassing signs and multiple gates. There is a radio site adjacent to Kaser Ridge. Service personnel have an easement to travel to the summit. I maintain equipment at this radio site. Access to Kaser Ridge is via Fifteenmile Road. The first gate has the risk of cattle getting loose on the county road (you don't want a rodeo on your hands). The extremely steep 4x4 drive up and down is not for the faint of heart. It's hazardous during mud and snow conditions.

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Mt Bailey, OR | July 2023


Mt. Bailey is a 5 mile, 3600 ft ascent with a few tricky sections to test your hiking mettle. There are two access points, one is easily reached via any passenger car, the other would require a high clearance vehicle and possibly all wheel/4 wheel drive. Its a beautiful hike, but can be hot and buggy so bring plenty of food/water and bug spray (Ben’s 30% DEET worked well for us). I would consider this an intermediate hike due to the elevation gain and some of the exposure, but bringing a new/young hiker along is reasonable with the proper support.

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Strawberry Mountain, WA July 2023


Getting there: from highway 12 , when you get to the town of Randle, turn South on state route 131. After about a half mile, there is a fork in the road. Stay to the right on highway 131. Do not take the left fork to Cispus road. After another half mile route 131 turns into Forest Service road 25. Drive about 10 miles down the 25 road until you get to the 2516, where you'll take a right. Here are coordinates for the turn: 46.34766, -121.97049. 

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Bald Mountain (Baldy), Idaho | July 2023


Bald Mountain, above Sun Valley, Idaho, is one of the most interesting and picturesque activations I’ve ever done.  There is no need to describe access due to the myriad of information available on-line (i.e., hike/snowshoe, mountain bike, drive, etc.) If you choose to hike, there is a foot traffic permit required.  Though it costs to ride the gondola/chair lift up, there is no cost to ride them down.  We decided to make the activation a fa

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Hollys Ridge, OR | July 2023


After climbing climbing Mt Thielsen (W7O/CS-002) with K6ARK our legs were feeling good, so we decided to try for the first activation of Hollys Ridge (W7O/CS-007). From the junction with the Thielsen climbers trail, take the PCT North. This will wrap east around the ridge line. Exit the PCT at 43.16113, -122.06537 and head down to the glacial stream. Here we crossed to the north side of the stream and bushwacked through the pines (not bad) towards the saddle between Thielsen and Holly. Here we made the mistake of going straight up the saddle.

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Cougar Mountain, OR | July 2023


Of the four Cougar Mountains in Oregon, this one is an easy two pointer south off of Highway 58, east of Oakridge, OR. This is a near drive up (or drive up if you are brave) and makes a convenient summit when travelling Hwy 58.