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Lookout Mountain WA | August 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-066

Summary - Lookout is drive up with a wide open summit, though parts of the way up aren't for the faint of heart. There is a small comm facility that doesn't generate appreciable RFI, a couple of places to set up, and when the clouds aren't in the way, excellent views.  Bring a mast if you want to put up a wire.  2M contacts are possible with a 1/2 wave whip but a yagi will make things a lot easier. APRS is easy from here, too. Drive time from SE Portland is about two hours through Stabler and out Hemlock Road (turn at 45.80838, -121.90741).  

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Saddle Mountain Closed Until Further Notice | August 2021

Summit: 
W7O/NC-004

The Saddle Mountain summit is closed until further notice due to a foot bridge that has washed out.

https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=park.profile&parkId=140

The gate at the entrance was locked and there is nowhere to park and walk the 7miles to the trail head.

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3820 Mt. Transponder | August 2021

Summit: 
W7W/PL-086

3820 Mt. Transponder involves a long drive on forest service roads followed by a very short bushwhack to the top of a forested summit that is deep into the western part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  This summit can be combined with nearby 3780 Top Loaded Mtn (W7W/PL-089) for an easy twofer.  The roads are easily tackled by a Subaru, but probably not a Prius.

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Lookout Mtn | Lewis County | July 2021

Summit: 
W7W/PL-035

There are thirteen mountains in the W7W association with "Lookout Mountain" in the title.  This report is about the only "Lookout Mountain" located in the Pacific-Lewis (PL) region, situated in national forest lands fairly close to the Paradise entrance to Mount Rainier National Park.  The summit is a short, easy hike up a ridge, with some spectacular views along the way.  What's the catch?  The road to the trailhead is rough and developing a washout.     

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Rooster Rock: No access | Aug 2021

Summit: 
w7w/pl-096

In August 2021, Josh, WU7H, and I motorbiked up to the gate of Rooster Rock.  We had high hopes for this one, because we had read Roland's (K7FOP) excellent trip report from 2019.  In fact, we had worked Roland, so we were looking forward to the SOTA Complete.

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7/31/2021 Whidbey Island

Summit: 
W7W/RS-091

This was a summit that I have been wanting to do for quite some time.  It appears to be a drive-up summit, because well it is.  Except that there are very few areas to pull over as the summit itself is on private property.

 

A discussion with James, WA7JNJ, suggested he activated at 48.30379, -122.54255.  But he was not necessarily recommending it. His activation was short and he has vowed not to return to this summit.....

 

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Bells Mountain WA | August 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-136

Summary - The trailhead for Bells Mountain (45.79834, -122.40197) is about 45 minutes from SE Portland, the hike is an easy 650' climb on a rock-and-gravel road, and 2M contacts into Portland and Vancouver are possible with a half-wave whip. The view is open; you can see downtown Portland and with trees on the bordering the clearing, it is easy to get a wire into the air. A great "first season" summit. A Northwest Discover Pass is needed to park at the trailhead.

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Pacific Northwest Not Quite Fourteener

Another S2S party? What? Why?

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Evergreen Mountain, WA | July, 2021

Summit: 
W7W/SN-089

Quick update for this semi-popular summit. If you need directions, see WTA... it's very easy to get to.

The road: it's not terrible but I'd recommend a Subaru or better. There are a couple bad spots where high clearence is helpful.

The summit was BUGGY today. I had to wear my rain gear, head net, Deet... was sitting in a massive swarm, sweating. They still managed to bite me. It was hot and muggy, and quite a bit of smoke from the fires in EWA in the air. Views were still very nice despite the smoke.

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Three Corner Rock WA | July 2021

Summit: 
W7W/LC-101

Summary - Three Corner Rock (TRC) is easy to get to, includes a lovely forest hike with a steady climb, and a open summit with great views. 2M contacts into Portland are easy to make with a half-wave whip. Bring a mast if you want to put a wire in the air as there is only one, eight foot tall, tree to work with.  The drive is about 90 minutes from the east side of Portland. The hike climbs about 1100 feet over two miles and is mostly on the well-used PCT.