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Idaho - Skookum Butte 8Aug2016

Summit: 
W7I/IC-175

Skookum Butte is an old US Forest Service lookout at 7215’ on the Idaho/Montana border. The summit and lookout rests on massive granite boulders. Not having enough room at the lookout to secure our long wire antenna, K7PX Steve secured one end of the End Feed Long Wire to the top boulder, pitched the other end over the cliff and operated the antenna from below as a sloper. The lookout offers a fine view of the northeast end of the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness.

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Montana - Mineral Hill - Scapegoat Wilderness 4Aug2016

Summit: 
W7M/GA-163

Mineral Hill is scenic 8383’ open rock and high elevation tundra appearing summit on the boundary of the Scapegoat Wilderness. Normal scrambling/trail gear including bear spray is recommended. There are two main trail routes to access Mineral Hill. One from the west fords the North Fork Blackfoot River and the other from the south jumps across small streams.

Trail Miles: 8 Miles one way.  Elevation Gain: 3700’.  Difficulty: Good climbing trail, Challenging river crossing, Short easy 0.25 mile scramble to the summit.    Map:  US Forest Service, Seeley Lake Ranger District

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NS7P activation of Patterson Mountain in Lane County on October 3, 2017

Summit: 
W7O/WV-045

Patterson Mountain is a 4460’ asl summit a few miles west of Oakridge, OR. It is rated at two points. To get there, drive east on Highway 58 for 24.7 miles from I-5 Exit 188A. Between mile posts 24 and 25 turn right on gravel Patterson Mountain Road 5840 and drive  five uphill miles to a fork at Patterson Saddle.

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NS7P activation of King Mountain in southern OR on October 6, 2017

Summit: 
W7O/SC-014

On a beautiful early October day, my XYL and I headed south to check out a W7O/SC-xxx summit. We chose King Mountain, a 5264 ft, four point peak with RF facilities on top. To get there get off of I-5 at Exit 78 and head east onto Speaker Rd. This road merges onto 33-5-10 which continues on past Azalea, OR.

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NS7P activation of Table Rock near Silver Lake, OR on September 29, 2017

Summit: 
W7O/CE-137

Table Rock, near Silver Lake, OR, is a distinctive flat topped butte that is visible for many miles away. It is a four point summit at 5621’ asl, that can be a drive up if you have a high clearance, 4x4 vehicle and some nerve. Its south central OR location is fairly remote, but I think it is worth the drive. My XYL, Christina, did most of the driving.

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Persons Found w/in the Eagle Creek Fire Area Closure will be Issued Citations

Apparently, the Eagle Creek Fire area will be closed to the public until next spring.  This only affects a few SOTA summits in the WV and CN Regions.  

For more information see:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5584/42235/

For an interesting read as to why the Eagle Creek Fire area is closed, read:

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2445 - North Coast, Oregon

Summit: 
W7O/NC-087

Peak 2445 - just another nondescript peak in Oregon’s Coastal Range, or is it? It turns out that this is an easy drive-up peak a little more than a half hour’s drive west of Forest Grove and should be considered a good peak for SOTA beginners.

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Birkenfeld Mtn, WA | September 2015

Summit: 
W7W/LC-094

Birkenfeld Mountain is a summit best done as part of a one-way traverse that would include Three Corner Rock-W7W/LC-101 and Greenleaf Peak-W7W/LC-104.

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Saddle Mountain, OR | October 2017

Summit: 
W7O/NC-004

Saddle Mountain might be considered an Oregon "Classic" SOTA hike. Positives are easy access to the trailhead, a lovely hike, wonderful views (in good weather) and a reasonable five miles round trip.

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Mill Creek Buttes West, OR | Posted No Tresspassing

Summit: 
W7O/CN-041

Mill Creek Buttes West is east of Mount Hood and inside the boundary for The Dalles Watershed. It is posted "NO TRESPASSING" and should not be activated. Nearby Lookout Mountain, W7O/CN-008 is a good choice.