Good Views From Summit

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McMillan Mountain, WA | Oct 2021

Summit: 
W7W/ST-155

This summit is inside a WA Resource Management Area near the Spokane Indian Reservation. I parked along Rail Canyon rd. to access the state land. A gate at the access road marks the beginning of the hike. I used two main dirt roads to get close to the summit and then bushwhacked the last 1,000 ft. Use caution, this area had a forest fire this summer; fallen trees and loose objects make this hike challenging. At the summit I was able to get simplex contacts on 2m with ease. Plenty of trees to use with a throw line for my EFHW setup. No water; moose tracks in the area.

 

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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.

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Coldwater Peak | Oct 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-008

This summit was a bit of a challenge with 11 miles round-trip trail and ~2500' elevation change.  It took us 4hrs to hike in. (Note no dogs on trails in the MSH National Volcanic Monument.)

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Steamboat Mountain WA | October 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-020

Summary - Steamboat is an easy (if longish) drive from Portland, reached by a short climb along a lovely trail, and has terrific views of all your favorite volcanoes. There are trees for antennas and plenty of places along the ridge to sit and enjoy the view. VHF is relatively easy when using a decent antenna.

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Tolmie Peak, WA | Sept 2021

Summit: 
W7W/RS-035

The trail is a relatively easy 7 mile hike round-trip with elevation gain of ~900' 

There is an excellent view from the summit of Tolmie Peak towards Mt. Rainier on a clear day.

It can get super busy on weekends with folks dragging their picnic baskets up to the top, especially around the firewatch tower.

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South Sister | September 2021

Summit: 
W7O/CM-001

9/25/2021 had a favorable weather forecast and also happened to line up with the first weekend where permits are no longer required. Casey (non-ham) drove out from Eugene and met me at the Devils Lake trailhead at 10pm (9/24). We slept a couple hours and started the climb at 2:10am. 

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Timbered Peak, WA | September 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-059

This is almost a drive-up, with a 200-ft scramble through what is currently totally-burnt forest. In a few years, this will probably be thick low trees. Drive as in my report of nearby Sister Rocks, but turn north onto NF-6406 to NF-214, which leads almost to the summit. All of these roads are passable to the average passenger car. Park at the end of the road, and head west up the slope. The route is steep and the soil is especially loose because of the burn, but you can get up it with care.

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Sister Rocks | September, 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-064

The trail has been reopened since the 2020 fire in the area. Logs have been moved from the trail, and it is in excellent condition. This hike is relatively flat, gently sloped, and beautiful, well worth checking out.

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Peak 3340 (Picture Point), OR | Sep 21

Summit: 
W7O/NE-258

This peak is the quintessential reason I do SOTA. It is a nice hike to a scenic summit that I never would have visited without the activating imperative.

It is located near Dayville a mile or so west of the US-26 and OR-19 junction. It is part of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

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Pine Benchmark, OR | September 2021

Summit: 
W7O/CE-068

An outing to Pine Mountain offers an opportunity to activate 3 summits: W7O/CE-058, W7O/CE-068, and W7O/CE-176. After activating Pine Mountain. I drove up the road to Pine Benchmark. The road at 43.80666, -120.94173 is gated, but not locked. I drove through and closed the gate behind me.