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Beacon Rock, OR December 17, 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-163

It was a nippy but dry day when KJ7UIZ and I headed out to activate several summits along the Washington side of the Columbia Gorge. We arrived at Beacon Rock State Park. It has two parking areas along Hwy 14, one across the road from the park service office, and one just to the east that flanks the rock climbing walls and has a restroom. Bring your hand warmers, as the water is COOOOOLD!!!

Parking pass (single day) is available at the eastern lot or purchase the yearly Discover Pass. The trailhead is roughly right in-between the two parking lots.

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Beacon Rock | Dec 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-163

On a overcast Friday morning, I headed out to Beacon Rock State Park to activate this summit.  I was accompanied by KJ7UIP and we parked at the trailhead parking lot.  There are 2 parking lots off highway 14, the eastern one having the restrooms.

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Winchester Mountain, WA | July 2021

Summit: 
W7W/WH-122

Winchester Mountain Lookout was a dramatic hike with views of Twin Lakes and the surrounding mountains. The hike is 3.4 miles and 1,300 feet of gain, and I tracked a approximately 4.1 miles total due to last remnants of snow right before the trailhead in July. A NW Forest Pass is required.

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Beacon Rock WA | November 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-163

Summary - This is an easy climb up a series of switchbacks cemented to the side of the basalt plug that is Beacon Rock. Given the proximity to Vancouver and Portland, the short hike, and the fabulous view, this is a very popular destination. For uninterrupted operating time you'll want to combine arriving early, bad weather, and mid-week day. HF operation is possible, 2M contacts are easy, APRS and phone service are good. Parking requires a Washington Discover Pass or a ten buck day pass.

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West Soda Peak WA | October 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-052

Summary - An easy to reach trailhead (2WD friendly), a nice trail, easy bushwhack, and not much of a summit view. 2M contacts are likely to be difficult, APRS okay, and cell service marginal to nonexistent. The summit is small and brush covered; there are lots of places for putting up a HF wire.

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Hat Rock, Washington | October 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-017

NOTE: Forest Road 9341 is blocked by a rockslide at 46.23071, -121.82871 and there is an additional 3 mi approach to the trailhead on pavement. 

This was summit 2 of a 2 First Activation day. 

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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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Elizabeth Ridge | Sept 2021

Summit: 
W7W/RS-049

This summit is a quick 1/2 mile hike up ~500' elevation gain along what one of the rangers described as "social trails" which is to say there is no maintained trail but folks have bushwacked up to the top.  After parking in the Mowich Lake lot (pass required) and walking a short distance, I found a spot by the turn-around (and a no-parking sign) which has a section where one can get up off the road and into the forest.  There is a short path that peters out but if you keep going upwards you eventually get to the peak.  I availed myself of the SOTA Goat app to keep me pointed

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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.