Shady Trail

Decent tree cover for most of the trail
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SOTA Activation: Table Mountain, Los Angeles County, California - October 31, 2014

Summit: 
W6/CT-067

Pearls On A Necklace – SOTA Adventures in W6/CT. Strung along the Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2, Los Angeles County, California), which runs through the San Gabriel Mountains, on the stretch between the Pasadena / Glendale area the south, and the Apple Valley / Victorville area to the north, lie more than 20 SOTA listed summits.  Most are 6 to 8 point summits. Proximity to Los Angeles, relatively easy access and beautiful terrain, similar to east slope Washington and Oregon Cascades, make this a “tourist delight” area.  On 3 separate days, between October 31, 2014 and November 4, 2014, I activated five (5) of these SOTA summits.  This report is #3 of 5.

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SOTA Activation: Waterman Mountain, Los Angeles County, California - November 4, 2014

Summit: 
W6/CT-012

Pearls On A Necklace – SOTA Adventures in W6/CT. Strung along the Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2, Los Angeles County, California), which runs through the San Gabriel Mountains, on the stretch between the Pasadena / Glendale area the south, and the Apple Valley / Victorville area to the north, lie more than 20 SOTA listed summits.  Most are 6 to 8 point summits. Proximity to Los Angeles, relatively easy access and beautiful terrain, similar to east slope Washington and Oregon Cascades, make this a “tourist delight” area.  On 3 separate days, between October 31, 2014 and November 4, 2014, I activated five (5) of these SOTA summits.  This report is #2 of 5.

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Taylor Ridge, Georgia | November 2014

Summit: 
W4G/HC-035

Just east of Trion, Georgia is this easy to access hike on the Pinhoti Trail to Taylor Ridge. 

About 1.2 miles north of the light at Central Avenue (that leads into Trion) on Highway 1

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SOTA Activation: Mount Catherine, Kittitas County, Washington - September 21, 2014

Summit: 
W7W/CW-066

Last full day of summer, 2014 - A short Activation hike to a beautiful mountaintop view from the somewhat smallish summit area of Mount Catherine.


A last minute decision to attempt a SOTA Activation on the last full day of summer 2014, led us to choose Mount Catherine, behind the Summit East (Hyak) ski area, near Snoqualmie Pass. 

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Nason Ridge West

Summit: 
W7W/CH-204

This peak is 68.5 miles east of Interstate 5 along State Route 2. Go over Stevens Pass and very soon after the highway divides, turn left on Smithbrook Road #6700. Travel in, over and around the potholes for about 3.7 miles to a wide left-hand curve at about 4600' in a saddle of the Nason Ridge. Park along the road or on a nearby spur road and you'll find the trail for access on the east side signed as Nason Ridge Trail #1583. No permits required here.

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Jove Peak Activation - Sept 16 2014

Summit: 
W7W/SN-058

 This could be the second of two 6-point peaks in the same day when you combine this with an activation of Union Peak (SN-082) - you'll want to cross Union on the way to Jove anyway!

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Union Peak Activation - Sept 16 2014

Summit: 
W7W/SN-082

This could be the first of two 6-point peak activations in the same day - just combine this with Jove Peak (SN-058) which is just a bit further up the same trail. These peaks are located in the Mt Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest just east of Steven’s Pass on. Access is via a Forest Service Road #6700 (Smithbrook) iwhich is rough, but ok for passenger vehicles. Parking is off of a spur road, so a NW Forest Pass isn’t needed here.

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Angeline-Heart Activation Aug 21, 2014

Summit: 
W7W/KG-065

Located in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness off the West Fork Foss River Trail #1064 near Skykomish, this peak is between Big Heart and Angeline lakes. Big Heart Lake is about a 7.3 mile hike in, and the trail is steep and rocky at times. You'll also pass Trout, Copper and Little Heart Lakes on your way with wonderful scenery at all times.

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First solo activation, on Pinnacle Peak, King County, WA

Summit: 
W7W/KG-126

Pinnacle Peak is a popular spot for beginning activators in this area:  it's very accessible, and there are both northen and southern trail routes. My YF and I used the Cal Magnusson trail on the North Side.  It is a popular spot for hikers (often with dogs) and runners -- steep but only about a mile to the summit.  One runner told us she'd made the ascent in 32 minutes.  We took more like 50 minutes.

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First SOTA Activation: Jester Mountain, Kittitas / Chelan Counties (on dividing line), Washington - September 3, 2014

Summit: 
W7W/CW-054

No Joke on Jester Mountain, but Mr. Murphy (as in Murphy's Law) showed up. Fall is nearly in the air.  The flowers are long gone, replaced by late season berries and mushrooms.  Air temperature when leaving the car at 9:00 AM was 44 degrees F.  Crossing Snoqualmie Pass, the weather was rainly, foggy & windy.  It did not look promising, but the anticipated East Slope of Cascades Rain Shadow was in effect, and we had a glorious day in the Wenatchee mountains.