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August 15, 2012 Activation of Crater Lake's Llao Rock by NS7P

My wife, Christina, and I hiked/climbed Llao rock for the views and the activation. For those new to this summit, this should be on your to do list.  The 1 mile or so hike with about 700' of elevation rise is a moderate climb up a mostly meadowed hill. When you get to the top, the views are breathtaking.

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August 14, 2012 activation by NS7P of Crater Lake's Mt Scott

My wife, Christina, and I climbed Mt Scott, the highest point in Crater Lake NP.  At 8938' ASL, it is an 8 point summit (just shy of 10 points). The popular trail is moderate, climbing 1250' over 2.5 miles each way.  The trees get smaller as you climb, and much of the trail is in sunlight. The trail winds and switchbacks up the west and south sides of the mountain, finally following a sharp ridgeline to the summit and its lookout tower.

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Lookout Mountain, OR

When a more complex plan failed to come to fruition Friday night, we decided late that we would head to Lookout Mountain in Oregon for Saturday's activation. We had been there before, and it is one of our all-time favorite SOTA summits. Just before we were heading out the door Saturday morning, I realized I had forgotten to alert us because the decision had been so late. I was shocked to see that K7ATN was scheduled for the same summit that day!

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ZigZag Mountain, OR | Aug-2012

Summit: 
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UPDATE JUNE 2018 - Road 27 has deteriorated to the point that getting to the trailhead may prove challenging even in a Subaru Outback. It's certainly unpleasant and rough and slow going. So much so that you may want to hike a few more miles and have an easier time getting to the northern trailhead. 

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Aug 3, 2012 NS7P activation of Mt Tom (W7/WV-075)

Buck Mtn and its "sister" summit, Mt Tom make a good two summit day, which is how I did it.   They are north of Mohawk, OR and accessed from the same mountain/logging roads.  They are easily reached  from the Eugene/Springfield area.  Take the 42nd St exit from I-105 in Springfield, which provides access to the Marcola Rd north.  Follow that road to Hill St, and turn L onto Hill.  Take that a very short distance to the Mohawk Store.  Go R at the store on Donna Rd.  Turn L onto McGowan Creek Rd toward the rifle range.  From there follow your

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Aug 3, 2012 NS7P activation of Buck Mountain (W7/WV-076)

Buck Mtn and its "sister" summit, Mt Tom make a good two summit day, which is how I did it.   They are about a mile apart and nearly the same elevation at over 3100'.  They are north of Mohawk, OR and accessed from them same mountain/logging roads.  They are easily reached  from the Eugene/Springfield area.  Take the 42nd St exit from I-105 in Springfield, which provides access to the Marcola Rd north.  Follow that road to Hill St, and turn L onto Hill.  Take that a very short distance to the Mohawk Store.  Go R at the store on Donna Rd.  tu

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Waldo Mountain

This past weekend, Taylor K7TAY and I successfully executed our first overnight SOTA activation. We went to Waldo Mountain in Central Oregon, a 6-point peak with a three-mile (each way) trail ending at a spectacular view and one of the few remaining lookout structures in Oregon.

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AE7JT activating Mt Rainier 4-Aug 1800z

Hugh, AE7JT, will be using 2m FM only for his climb of Mt. Rainier on Saturday, 4-Aug. I encourage all in the Puget Sound area to point your antenna his direction and encourage him to call for SOTA chasers and activators during his few minutes on the summit.

His sotawatch.org alert calls for 146.52-fm with possible variation in summit time.

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OR and WA SOTA Activations - Some Statistics

Of the 4,555 SOTA peaks in Oregon and Washington, 196 have been activated (4%).

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West Tiger Mountain, WA | July-2012

This is the most ambitious of the three Tiger Mountain State Forest SOTA summits. It appears to be about six miles (one way) from the Tiger Summit Trailhead parking area and 1600 feet of gain. Using the upper parking lot probably would only save you a few feet of elevation gain and isn’t much shorter. If you use the upper parking lot head east on the Connector Trail and then left up the road. Remember that a Washington Discover Pass is required at the trailhead and that there is an unattractive outhouse at the upper parking lot.