Rover Location Database

Grid Field CN

227 locations - Mt Octopus - Langley Hill - Griffiths-Priday SP - Grayland Beach SP - Twin Harbors SP - Big Hill - Wellington Hills Park - Hart's Pass - Deer Park - Sauk Mtn Trailhead - Jr Point Campground - Lyman Hill - Haller Pass - Huckleberry Ridge - Sun Top Lookout - Pacific Beach SP - Bill Ellis Park - Fox Peak - Cooper Mtn - Long Creek Rd - Yahoo Lake - Near Yahoo Lake - Driftwood RV Resort - Trout Lake - Red Top Mtn - Larch Mtn - Middle Chuckanut - Keechelus Ridge - Belfair State Park - Capitol Peak - Amabilis Mtn - Wild Horse Wind Farm - Whiskey Dick - Woodland Ridge Alternative - Kings Lake Road - Ridge Near S. Prairie Creek - Lime Kiln Trailhead - I-5 Toutle River SB - Shell I-5 - Mt Erie - Mt Anderson - Chelan Butte - Mountain Way ES - Darrington - Darrington2 - Sunnyside Overlook - Holter Road - Mt Pilchuck Trailhead - Mt Pilchuck Landing - Green Mtn - Slate Peak - Snoqualmie Ridge - High Rock Road - I-90 Indian John - Tronson Ridge - Mt Rainier Summit - Rainout Ridge - Mt Defiance - Little Mtn - I-5 Smokey Point - McMicken Heights - Mt Jupiter - Mt Crag - I-5 Federal Way - Newport Hills - Overlook Point Park - Mt Pleasant Cemetery - Dray's Mound - I-5 Scatter Creek - Bahokus Peak - North Point - Hole in the Wall - Ocean City - Mowich Road - Mowich Road - Toppenish Ridge - Goose Hill - Woodland Ridge - Davis Peak - Sekiu - Ocean Shores Airport - Skyline High School - Long Beach - Eatonville HS - Mt Walker - Electron Resevoir - Granite Falls HS - Woodridge Bellevue - Maryhill Microwave - Quartz Mtn - Cle Elum Ridge - Lake Stevens HS - Squak Mtn - CN86-87-96-97 - Badger Mt - Lion Rock/Table Mtn - I-90 Rye Grass - Roosevelt - Bonneville Dam - Beacon Rock - Kalama Gridline - Kalama Gridline - Kalama Ridge - Skyline High School - Cougar Mtn Park - Skyline High School - Pine Lake Estates - Mirrormont - Highland Drive - Mission Peak - Smith Creek Viewpoint - Mt Hood Lodge Rd - Pelican Butte - Watchman Overlook - Spencer Butte Trailhead - Hale Ridge - CN95-DN05 - Oxhead Ridge - Agency Hill - Grass Valley Cemetery - The Knoll - Taft Cemetery - Kenyon Mtn - Shaniko - Long Butte - Hampton Butte - China Hat - Gilchrist Butte - Upper Klamath Ridge - Siskiyou Plains - Soda Mtn - Stukel Mtn - Round Butte - King Mountain - Iron Mtn - LL Stub Stewart - Liberty Inn - Goodwill Parking Lot - D River Beach - South Beach - Seal Rock - Oregon Dunes KOA - Coast Guard Hill - Driftwood State Park - Tokatee Klootchman - Fivemile Ridge - Patterson Park - Dixie Mtn - Spike Butte - Fern Hill - Knox Butte - Spores Point - Moon Mtn - Round Mountain - Taylor Butte - Wards Butte - Dickinson Mtn - Devore Mtn - Council Crest Park - Hamaker Mtn - Ham Radio Outlet - Milwaukie - Light Peak - Drake Peak Lookout - Hagelstein Mountain - Mount Ashland - Cloud Cap - Onion Mountain - Mt. Scott - Pine Mountain - Paulina Peak - Lava Butte - Seven Devils Road - Carter Ridge - Carter Ridge - Pilot Butte - CN94-95 Grid Line - CN94-95 Grid Line - Mary's Peak - Near Mary's Peak - Dorn's Peak - Beachside State Park - Tillicum Campground - Mount Defiance - Bald Peak - Cascade Head - Larch Mountain - Mt Hebo - Round Top - South Fork Mountain - Nicolai Mtn - Cape Blanco Park - Fort Stevens State Park - Fort Stevens State Park - Roads End State Park - Voyage Avenue - Cape Lookout - Myrtle Creek - Low Divide Pit - CN71-72 Line - Mt Tolmie - Cypress Lookout - Mt Woodside - Dry Lake Mtn - Bald Hills Rd - M Line - Maple Creek - Bald Hills - Redwood - NF 17N21 - High Divide - Dorris - Fickle Hill Rd. - South Jetty Humbolt Bay - Strawberry Creek - Shively Ridge - Fox Camp - Horse Mtn Ridge - Horse Mtn - Paradise Ridge - Etter Ranch Rd - Soldier Mtn Lookout - Sugar Hill Lookout - Lake Britton - Grizzly Peak - CN81-91 Grid Line - Dry Lake

Potential VHF rover sites in grid CN. Be careful.
CN dimensions are 1154.9 by 1623.5 miles.
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Mt Octopus, CN77vr89

Latitude, Longitude
47.748962, -124.177523
Map Location Near city of Forks, Jefferson County, WA, Altitude 2400
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Last update: 2006-04-11
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN77
Comments by: Eric KB7DQH

The quickest high ground off of US 101 in CN77 puts you at nearly 2000 feet AMSL and was good enough for DNR to establish a communications site at the top.

Driving directions: The road to the com site is gated, but, just below the gate is a large filled-in area that is perfect for a large multi op station setup, or a rover with a 5th wheel to pull around in a big circle for turnaround.

Restrictions: The road up the side of the mountain is typical for DNR logging roads, well maintained, and not terribly steep or narrow.

Langley Hill, CN77wc57

Latitude, Longitude
47.115223, -124.117519
Map Location Near city of Copalis Beach, Grays Harbor County, WA, Altitude 200
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Last update: 2021-09-03
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN77
Comments by: Eric KB7DQH

2021 K7BWH: Don't go. Gated off on Salal Drive and overgrown.

2006 KB7DQH: Approximately three miles East of Copalis Beach. Has good launch angle for most of the VHF/UHF bands, especially North and South for coastal tropo work. There are also good shots into Portland area and surprisingly good path into Eastern Washington. (N7AU was LOUD on 2 meters). Easy to spot the 300 foot high Nextel tower about 1/4 mile south of the road, and a naked 200 or so foot freestanding tower about 500 feet south of where I operated from. Both are lit at night.

Driving directions: Go east of Copalis Beach on Copalis Beach Road. Look for an uphill section.
- From Copalis Beach Road (Eastbound) turn South onto Elk Ridge Rd.
- Go left onto Salal Drive.
- At end of the pavement is a single lane gravel road directly ahead, and a GATE.

Griffiths-Priday SP, CN77vc87

Latitude, Longitude
47.114524, -124.177589
Map Location Near city of Copalis Beach, Grays Harbor County, WA, Altitude 30
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Last update: 2021-09-03
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Griffiths-Priday is in a wide flat region with mountains far away to make a good horizon. There's a big covered group picnic shelter about 100 yards from the parking lot.

In Sept 2021, the park is poorly maintained, run down, and restrooms are dirty and full of graffiti.

Restrictions: No overnight. No camping.

Grayland Beach SP, CN76ws89

Latitude, Longitude
46.791427, -124.092501
Map Location Near city of Grayland, Pacific County, WA, Altitude 15
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Last update: 2021-09-09
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Grayland Beach SP 1 Grayland Beach SP 2 Grayland Beach SP 3 Grayland Beach SP 4 Grayland Beach SP 5

Grayland Beach State Park is about the most wonderful state campground I’ve seen. Clean, quiet, well-kept, and a short walk to an expansive spectacular beach. Every campsite is shielded by trees above and between guests. There are 104 campsites and 16 yurts.

I paid $45/night for a full hookup site #40 (photo). It felt luxurious to run all my gear from shore power for a change. Generators are not allowed in full hookup spots so some of my preparations were wasted, but there’s no way to know before the trip. I somehow managed to convince myself to not feel bad about the extra prep work.

I worked stations all the way up and down the coast from BC to San Diego. Propagation was poor this trip, possibly exacerbated by the lowland sea-level location and a 5-degree horizon to the east.

Driving directions: Take Hwy 12 toward Westport.
Turn left at Hwy 105 and go south.
Turn right on Cranberry Drive at the brown sign for the state park.

Twin Harbors SP, CN76wu65

Latitude, Longitude
46.856034, -124.108489
Map Location Near city of Grayland, Pacific County, WA, Altitude 20
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Last update: 2021-08-09
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Twin Harbors SP 1 Twin Harbors SP 2 Twin Harbors SP 3 Twin Harbors SP 4 Twin Harbors SP 5

Twin Harbors State Park is a nice campground near the beach. However, there are fewer trees and the camp sites are more tightly packed than nearby Grayland Beach SP. It was overrun by families with young children when I visited in August 2021.

Big Hill, CN98sa03

Latitude, Longitude
48.015947, -120.492546
Map Location Near city of Entiat, Chelan County, WA, Altitude 6800
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Last update: 2021-06-01
Comments by: Tom KJ7BXA

Here's another high spot near Lake Chelan. It needs scouting for VHF.

Big Hill is a trailhead + primitive campsite on the west side of Lake Chelan about 13 miles west and a little south of Fox Peak. Big Hill is in grid CN98sa while Fox Peak is in CN98vc. The drive may be up to an hour shorter from Seattle than the drive to Fox Peak.

I have never actually been to Big Hill but I’ve hiked in the general area a number of times. Big Hill is supposed to be really impressive in late September when the Larch trees turn golden.

USFS information: www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/okawen/recarea/?recid=81243

Tom KJ7BXA

Driving directions: From Entiat, WA travel south on US-97A for 1.2 miles.
Turn right (west) on Hwy 19 (Entiat River Road) and continue for 28.5 miles.
Then turn right on Forest Road 5900 (Shady Pass Road) and stay on 5900 for about 8 miles.
Turn left on Forest Spur Road 112 and travel about 3 miles to the end of road.

Restrictions: Big Hill is at 6800 ft so it may take longer to melt out than Fox Peak.

Wellington Hills Park, CN87ws37

Latitude, Longitude
47.779428, -122.137471
Map Location Near city of Woodinville, King County, WA, Altitude 400
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Last update: 2021-03-15
Comments by: Rich K7RCH

At one time this was Wellington Hills Golf Course. It is right near the Woodinville Costco. A little research shows that it was owned by the UW for a potential location of the North campus and purchased by Snohomish County in 2012 as a potential park site. Community opposition to the county’s vision for the site caused them to abandon the plans and the site was sold to Northshore School District as a potential site for a new high school. The same objections to the park development have been raised about a high school, and NSD has not made any decisions about immediate development.

From an aerial view, you can see many large, nicely spaced trees. It would be interesting to find out if a horizontal loop could be raised there, or even a simple dipole.

Needs scouting. This spot is better for HF than VHF.

Hart's Pass, CN98pr93

Latitude, Longitude
48.720834, -120.670139
Map Location Near city of none, Clackamas County, WA, Altitude 6200
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Last update: 2021-03-03
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Highest road in Washington State. This spot is a campground that gives access to the Pacific Coast Trail.

It's ideal for a few days of camping and hiking with amazing amazing stars at night. There's even a concrete pad for your small telescope setup.

Restrictions: The road is quite rough and you may see lots of other cars with blowouts.

Deer Park, CN87iw97

Latitude, Longitude
47.947384, -123.257141
Map Location Near city of Sequim, Clallam County, WA, Altitude 5300
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Last update: 2020-12-17
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Deer Park in the Olympic National Park offers a high altitude campground and trailheads to spectacular hiking.

Restrictions: 18 miles of unpaved roads, not suitable for RV or trailer.

Sauk Mtn Trailhead, CN98em75

Latitude, Longitude
48.521341, -121.607530
Map Location Near city of Rockport, Skagit County, WA, Altitude 4300
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Last update: 2020-09-28
Comments by: Gary WA7BBJ

Sauk Mountain trailhead is along Hwy 20 just North of Rockport, and on the way to Winthrop, WA. It has a good view and nice roads and a big parking lot. Map views hint at a pit toilet in a tiny A-frame outhouse about 50' up the hiking trail.

You can hike the trail to the top for more excellent views. Maybe a light weight, 10Ghz backpack station would be fun to take along.

Jr Point Campground, CN97tx18

Latitude, Longitude
47.994271, -120.400694
Map Location Near city of Chelan, Chelan County, WA, Altitude 6600
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Last update: 2020-07-19
Comments by: Mike K7MDL

Jr Point Campground 1 Jr Point Campground 2 Jr Point Campground 3

Jr Point Campground is on a treed ledge looking out over Lake Chelan with a great view up and down the lake. It has a concrete foundation for a former fire lookout tower. There is another small primitive campground at 4K feet heading up to Junior Pt.

Driving directions: On the road from 25mile State Park to Shady Pass. The top is often very muddy in June-July but the road up starting from the Lake side is usually good.

Lyman Hill, CN88wo20

Latitude, Longitude
48.587318, -122.144136
Map Location Near city of Sedro Wooley, Skagit County, WA, Altitude 3800
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Last update: 2020-06-07
Comments by: Mike W7NP

Lyman Hill is a high point in the Northern State Recreation Area that is not too far north of Seattle. Some scouting is needed to figure out if it's open to public and identify a good operating spot.

The peak was logged off in the 1970s and trees are likely to be a wee bit taller since then.

Restrictions: Unknown

Haller Pass, CN97eb24

Latitude, Longitude
47.061400, -121.649689
Map Location Near city of Enumclaw, Pierce County, WA, Altitude 4740
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Last update: 2020-06-05
Comments by: Rod WE7X

Haller Pass 1 Haller Pass 2

Haller Pass is a pull-off on the main (unpaved) road, about 8 miles in along the way to Strawberry Ridge (another 3 miles further south). This is the next ridge line to the west of Sun Top Lookout.

It is at a high point with an intersection of three smaller and short dead-end roads. We believe that one road, NF-310, gets you to a SOTA activation zone.

See the Topozone Map.

Huckleberry Ridge, CN97eb10

Latitude, Longitude
47.045730, -121.651414
Map Location Near city of Mt Rainier, Pierce County, WA, Altitude 4410
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Last update: 2020-04-19
Comments by: Rod WE7X

Huckleberry Ridge 1 Huckleberry Ridge 2 Huckleberry Ridge 3 Huckleberry Ridge 4 Huckleberry Ridge 5 Huckleberry Ridge 6

Three miles west of Sun Top Lookout, near Haller Pass, is this wide-open football-field sized area that accomodates several vehicles at generous social-distancing range. It's a very good camping spot and has been used for Field Day several times. The unpaved forest roads were in very good condition in 2020. Any sedan or trailer-towing would have no problem.

It has a good view east and west, and low rises to north and south. To the SSW is Mt Rainer which can be used as a good microwave reflector for the Puget Sound area.

Driving directions: From Enumclaw head east on Hwy 410, the Chinook Pass road.
From the city of Greenwater (47.15599, -121.6548) continue east about three miles.
Right on FR 74 (Crystal River Ranch Rd)
Left at the fork in the road (toward FR 75),
Then take the second right (NF 75001) up the hill on the gravel road
Zero your odometer at this point and follow the most traveled road
At 3.3, 3.7, and 4.5 miles, ignore the roads to the left and up hill
At 8 miles, you will come to Haller Pass
At Haller Pass, scout the road to the left if interested in seeing the eastern horizon (150 yards or so).
At 10.7 miles you will see the "FR 73" sign, at a sharp left uphill road... turn left!
There's a picture of Mihai’s Jeep at the turn-off to FR 73
The next time you see any kind of a clearing, you have arrived at Huckleberry Ridge

Sun Top Lookout, CN97ea89

Latitude, Longitude
47.041389, -121.593611
Map Location Near city of Mt Rainier, Pierce County, WA, Altitude 5270
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Last update: 2012-06-27
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Sun Top Lookout 1 Sun Top Lookout 2 Sun Top Lookout 3 Sun Top Lookout 4 Sun Top Lookout 5 Sun Top Lookout 6 Sun Top Lookout 7 Sun Top Lookout 8

In the Mt Rainier National Park is a lofty lookout long used for forest fire spotting. It is now manned by volunteers and you can drive almost to the top at the 5,000' level. Visitors are welcomed at the lookout. This is a great spot to operate a portable radio or have a picnic.

Camping is not allowed, but could be done with a permit. Stopping or parking at Sun Top requires a Discover Pass; buy it in advance from a sporting goods store or other outlet.

There is an outhouse and picnic tables near the watch tower. Be careful of wildlife, as bears and deer are common.

Driving directions: Go east from Enumclaw on Highway 410
- Go south on Forest Road 73 about 1.4 miles
- Turn left onto Forest Service Road 7315 about five miles up a fairly steep dirt road
- Watch for road hazards; snow and fallen trees can happen year-round
- The road is closed one-half mile from the top, so be ready for a steep climb. Unfortunately the parking area by that gate does not have good radio propagation.

Pacific Beach SP, CN77ve59

Latitude, Longitude
47.205276, -124.202165
Map Location Near city of Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor County, WA, Altitude 10
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Last update: 2020-06-04
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Pacific Beach State Park is a year-round oceanfront camping park with electrical hookups and three restaurants nearby. See their website: Pacific Beach SP

Bill Ellis Park, CN76wx21

Latitude, Longitude
46.963715, -124.143750
Map Location Near city of Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor County, WA, Altitude 10
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Last update: 2020-06-04
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Bill Ellis Park is a city park in CN76 with 24 parking spots, public restroom and east-facing horizon. It is probably busy in the summer but otherwise makes a good brief stopping point.

Restrictions: Ocean Shores CC

Fox Peak, CN98vc21

Latitude, Longitude
48.088932, -120.228847
Map Location Near city of Pateros, Okanogan County, WA, Altitude 6000
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Last update: 2020-07-05
Comments by: Ed N7PHY

Fox Peak 1 Fox Peak 2 Fox Peak 3 Fox Peak 4

Fox Peak is a little further along on Cooper Mtn Road, about 10 miles NW of Cooper Mtn. It offers a nice clearing with good horizons in most directions.

Needs more scouting.

Driving directions: The preferred route from Pateros is less precarious and in better condition than from Cooper Gulch and the city of Chelan.
- Make your way to Pateros on Hwy 97
- Turn west at Pateros onto Methow Valley Hwy 153
- Turn south onto Black Canyon Creek road
- Stay on this road as it becomes Forest Service 4010
- Continue upward on NF-4010 until the tee intersection where you turn right onto Cooper Mtn Road NF-3107
- Continue on Cooper Mtn ridge until you reach Fox Peak

Cooper Mtn, CN98wa92

Latitude, Longitude
48.011291, -120.083787
Map Location Near city of Chelan, Okanogan County, WA, Altitude 5800
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Last update: 2020-06-11
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Cooper Mtn and Cooper Ridge are high above Lake Chelan on its east side, well above Echo Valley Ski Area. Satellite images suggest forest service roads to the topmost peak. No radio towers. Open horizon in all directions. Needs scouting.

This is very remote area, estimated over an hour from the city of Chelan, a popular resort and "second home" town.

Long Creek Rd, CN98tq40

Latitude, Longitude
48.667800, -120.379654
Map Location Near city of Mazama, Winthrop County, WA, Altitude 5200
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Last update: 2020-06-11
Comments by: Barry K7BWHO

Long Creek Rd is an open spot near the eastern edge of CN98 on the side of Goat Mtn. Needs scouting. It's included here in case you're passing through on Hwy 20 and want a hilltop in CN98.

This appears to have good horizon in all directions except blocked toward NW. No campsite nearby.

Yahoo Lake, CN77xq72

Latitude, Longitude
47.676785, -124.019754
Map Location Near city of Forks, Jefferson County, WA, Altitude 2400
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Last update: 2021-09-03
Comments by: Adam Barberra W2NCC

This is a nice campground nestled slightly in a cut. There are a few forest-service roads toward nearby hilltops that may also be of interest. For example, CN87aq45sp might promise a good open view toward the east. We don't care about the west horizon because from Forks westward there is nobody to talk to. There is likely room for a couple people to spread out by a half mile or so.

Driving directions: Take the Hoh Mainline Road
Make your way to "Upper Clearwater Campground"
Then try to find Yahoo Lake. This needs scouting.
In 2021, Barry K7BWH found the "road" from CN77xp72 "Near Yahoo Lake" is overgrown and not viable.

Restrictions: Discover Pass required

Near Yahoo Lake, CN77xp72

Latitude, Longitude
47.651100, -124.037100
Map Location Near city of Forks, Jefferson County, WA, Altitude 2183
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Last update: 2021-09-03
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

I ended up at this nice spot while searching for Yahoo Lake. There's lots of room for people to camp and any sedan or RV can make it up here.

It seems like a good place to operate but I guess nobody was on the air on 6m when I visited unannounced.

Driving directions: From Highway 101:

  • 0.0 - Turn east on Clearwater Road
  • 1.2 - Turn right onto NF-3000
  • 6.5 - CN77vo: This is a big paved turnout, would be okay to camp or operate.
  • 9.6 - "Swampie Welcome" sign and map. Keep right even though it descends.
  • 10.8 - Bring a pruning saw and watch for low clearance and fallen trees.
  • 13.0 - Keep right at Y to stay on NF-2525 (left is Q-3800).
  • 14.8 - Large flat camping area at a sharp bend in the road.
  • The road becomes soggy and overgrown beyond this point.

Restrictions: Discover Pass required

Driftwood RV Resort, CN77aa00

Latitude, Longitude
47.118660, -124.171050
Map Location Near city of Copalis, Grays Harbor County, WA, Altitude 20
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Last update: 2021-09-03
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

This is a clean, staffed and very attractive RV resort in the touristy town of Copalis Beach near the beach and recreation activities. Best for large RV's that want big pull-through spots. All sites $55/night plus tax.

Driving directions:
3209 WA-109, Copalis Beach, WA 98535
driftwoodrvresort.com
360-940-7048

Trout Lake, CN96fb70

Latitude, Longitude
46.044040, -121.524477
Map Location Near city of Trout Lake, Klickitat County, WA, Altitude 2600
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Last update: 2016-04-13
Comments by: Greg Magone KB7QPS

Trout Lake 1

Trout Lake offers a three-county corner of Klickitat, Skamania and Yakima counties. These three rare counties make it attractive to contests like the 7QP and Salmon Run events.

The approximate location of the county boundary is in the link (the actual intersection is 250' to the east of the road). The rules for the 7QP allow the station location to be located anywhere within a 500' of the county intersection, which includes the forest road. There is a wide enough shoulder to pull off on the side of the road and operate from your rig if that is your preference.

On the ground, I found two survey markers. The first is a cattle gate and official entrance to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, this is shown where the road crosses over the county line on the left. The second was a small stake in the ground that said "national forest property behind this stake" and this stake was located where the county line crossed the road on the right.

Red Top Mtn, CN97oh82

Latitude, Longitude
47.301583, -120.760611
Map Location Near city of Cle Elum, Kittitas County, WA, Altitude 5365
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Last update: 2015-11-21
Comments by: Rich KG6NOX

Red Top Mtn 1 Red Top Mtn 2

Red Top Mountain is near Teanaway Ridge, off Highway 97 north of Cle Elum. The lookout is staffed in summer.

Read more about Red Top at Summit Post and Peak Bagger and SOTA Red Top W7W/CW-061.

Restrictions: It doesn't look like vehicles can reach the lookout.

Larch Mtn, CN85ur41

Latitude, Longitude
45.716413, -122.295578
Map Location Near city of Washougal, Clark County, WA, Altitude 3440
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Last update: 2015-07-13
Comments by: Chris KG7OFQ

Larch Mtn is just east of Vancouver, WA. It was visited by Chris KG7OFQ in June 2015.

Restrictions: It can be busy. Chris got off the mountain in the nick of time as 100 people showed up to have a quick wedding.

Middle Chuckanut, CN88sp46

Latitude, Longitude
48.653977, -122.464879
Map Location Near city of Bellingham, Whatcom County, WA, Altitude 1990
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Last update: 2015-05-30
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

There is a nice parking area on a shelf with open propagation in all directions except north.

Middle Chuckanut is in Larrabee State Park, between Frangrance Lake and Lost Lake.

Keechelus Ridge, CN97ii33

Latitude, Longitude
47.347500, -121.307670
Map Location Near city of Snoqualmie Pass, Kittatas County, WA, Altitude 4960
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Last update: 2015-06-24
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Keechelus Ridge 1 Keechelus Ridge 2 Keechelus Ridge 3 Keechelus Ridge 4

This is an excellent location with views in all directions. A large microwave tower occupies the central area and a rough but drivable road rings the installation.

Recommend to use a vehicle with good ground clearance as the dirt road is very rocky in places. The track from bottom top is 5.3 miles, 20 minutes and gains 3,260' of altitude.

Driving directions:

  • I-90 exit 62 - "Stampede Pass, Kachess Lake"
  • Turn north, follow paved road 1.7 miles
  • Turn left on Forest Road 4934 opposite sign "Lodge Creek Estates"
  • Go 4.4 miles to four-way intersection with FR 126 (unmarked)
  • Turn right onto FR 126
  • Go 0.3 miles, keep left at Y intersection with FR 122
  • Follow roads that go up (not down) about 1 mile

Restrictions: A Discover Pass is required to use this spot. No services - bring your own water and supplies.

Belfair State Park, CN87nk43

Latitude, Longitude
47.430080, -122.875101
Map Location Near city of Belfair, Mason County, WA, Altitude 5
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Last update: 2015-05-03
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Nice state park with open water and low takeoff angles to the east.

Capitol Peak, CN86kx34

Latitude, Longitude
46.976564, -123.135004
Map Location Near city of Tumwater, Thurston County, WA, Altitude 6000
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Last update: 2015-02-11
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Amabilis Mtn, CN97ig89

Latitude, Longitude
47.290688, -121.261538
Map Location Near city of Easton, Kittitas County, WA, Altitude 4583
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Last update: 2014-10-28
Comments by: Doug W7RDP

Amabilis Mtn 1 Amabilis Mtn 2 Amabilis Mtn 3 Amabilis Mtn 4 Amabilis Mtn 5 Amabilis Mtn 6 Amabilis Mtn 7

Amabillis is located off I-90 Exit 63 (Cabin Creek Road) on Snoqualmie Pass. See map with the proper forest roads to use to get there. This spot is suitable for car camping or with a little preparation you can set up a tent.

The operating site is old log landing just below the rocky spine of the mountain. The rocky spine is also a SOTA peak.

There are several similar landings on top of the ridge. It's worthwhile to explore. For example, there is a slightly better landing nearby at 47.28904/121.26044 at 4,354'. There is a better access road, bigger parking area, a tank trap, and better propagation to SE. It is an easy walk south about 100 yards from the landing shown here. But the travel choice depends on taking a right fork much further down the mountain, about 2 miles away.

Driving directions: Basically you take the first right up the hill signposted "Amabilis Mt". Take all the left forks and you should eventually find the landing on top. Allow at least 20 minutes to reach the top.

Easily passable by ordinary cars using reasonable care for rocks, potholes, fallen branches, blind corners, one-lane road, switchbacks and some big rain run-off trenches near the top. You know, the usual.

Restrictions: The site is subject is around 5K feet high and subject to bad weather and being "in the clouds".

Wild Horse Wind Farm, CN97va52

Latitude, Longitude
47.011864, -120.200075
Map Location Near city of Vantage, Kittitas County, WA, Altitude 3700
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-11-25
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Wild Horse Wind Farm 1 Wild Horse Wind Farm 2 Wild Horse Wind Farm 3 Wild Horse Wind Farm 4 Wild Horse Wind Farm 5

The Wild Horse Visitor's Center has excellent exposure east and west, with a good gravel parking lot.

Puget Sound Energy is friendly toward using the land for all sorts of recreation. Read more about the visitor center from Puget Sound Energy here.

The CN97-CN96 grid line is between the visitor's center and the front gate.

Driving directions: Excellent pavement all the way to the big gravel parking lot by the Visitors Center. This is probably the best operating spot, but gravel roads continue on for dozens of miles to the north. To reach any of the hills in this area you must exit I-90 in Ellensburg or Vantage.

Restrictions: Open from April 1 - November 30.
Visitor's Center building is open from 9 am to 5:30 pm daily, weather permitting.
Gates to road access are open from two hours before sunrise to two hours after sunset.
To get permission to walk the grounds, complete the online application form.

Whiskey Dick, CN96wx62

Latitude, Longitude
46.967500, -120.116167
Map Location Near city of Vantage, Kittitas County, WA, Altitude 2260
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-11-25
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Whiskey Dick 1 Whiskey Dick 2 Whiskey Dick 3 Whiskey Dick 4 Whiskey Dick 5 Whiskey Dick 6

Whiskey Dick Mountain is in the south-eastern corner of CN97 with good altitude and good access from Ellensburg or Vantage. However, I haven't found a good clear spot to setup antennas, and the barely-adequate spot I did find is eight miles of rough slow terrain off from the highway.

Much more accessible nearby spots are:

Restrictions: Closed February - April. No camping. Stay on "green dot" roads. Recommend 4wd.

Woodland Ridge Alternative, CN85ox95

Latitude, Longitude
45.979347, -122.753700
Map Location Near city of Kalama, Cowlitz County, WA, Altitude 1785
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-03-01
Comments by: Darryl WW7D

The Woodland Ridge location (at 900') is on a private road.

This spot provided excellent results into both the Portland and Seattle. A brief sporadic E opening netted QSOs into California and the South West U.S.

For the Jan 2013 VHF contest, I found this much higher spot on Green Mountain road. There is a gated dirt road that provides plenty of room.

Driving directions: The Google maps directions work fine. Nothing tricky.

Restrictions: This is a rural residential area, and the pull-over just off the paved road is probably a private (but gated) road. I had no issues for the ~2 hours I spent there.

Kings Lake Road, CN97at92

Latitude, Longitude
47.802288, -121.922900
Map Location Near city of Monroe, Snohomish County, WA, Altitude 1400
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-07-27
Comments by: Darryl WW7D

Kings Lake Road 1 Kings Lake Road 2 Kings Lake Road 3 Kings Lake Road 4

This is a reasonably high CN97 spot near the NW margin of the grid, only 8 miles (20 minutes) from Duvall. It's 19 miles (40 minutes) from I-405 and 522.

The dirt road is a branch off of Kings Lake road. The Garmin GPS might mis-place Kings Lake road; continue on 0.2 miles to the proper signpost.

Someone sure made a mess of their campsite under the power line towers: trash, beer cans, shotgun shells, old rusted pickup truck, etc. No wonder so many of these places are gated or closed.

Driving directions: From the Monroe-Duvall road:
- Head East on Cherry Valley road.
- It becomes Lake Frontal Road.
- Just after Kayak Lake Road (on the right) turn left onto Kings Lake Road.
- After 0.2 miles, take the paved left fork in the road (signposted Camp Hamilton).
- Go about 0.4 miles to an area where you can pull over next to a private road.

Restrictions: There are high tension power lines within a half mile.

Ridge Near S. Prairie Creek, CN97ab65

Latitude, Longitude
47.064714, -121.948200
Map Location Near city of Wilkeson, Pierce County, WA, Altitude 3100
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-03-01
Comments by: Darryl WW7D

Ridge Near S. Prairie Creek 1 Ridge Near S. Prairie Creek 2 Ridge Near S. Prairie Creek 3 Ridge Near S. Prairie Creek 4 Ridge Near S. Prairie Creek 5

Spectacular and fairly accessible spot that overlooks much of the Puget Sound region.

This is a great spot to hit after working out of CN86, CN96, and CN87 on Mowich Lake Road. The road is a little rough in spots, but is doable by a small passenger car.

Driving directions: From Wilkeson, turn East on Railroad Ave.
- From this point, you are 9 miles from your destination and it will take about 30 minutes to get there.
- Turn right onto Snell Lake road.
- At the end of the road, turn right onto S Prarie Creek road.
- This becomes NF-7710.
- After 3 miles, the road forks into NF-7720 (left) and NF-7710-2 (right).
- Take the right fork and follow it another 4.4 miles.
- You will be a bit over 3,000' high with a peak to your right.
- Look for a small road on the right (NF-410) that heads uphill.
- Take that road to a small flat clearing with a fire pit in the middle.

Lime Kiln Trailhead, CN98ab88

Latitude, Longitude
48.077457, -121.932600
Map Location Near city of Granite Falls, Snohomish County, WA, Altitude 630
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-03-01
Comments by: Darryl WW7D

This spot is a gravel parking lot for the Lime Kiln Trail.

Fair propagation to the North West, West and South. This spot works better than nearby Mountain Way Elementary School, probably because it is 200' higher. I first used this spot in the Jan 2013 contest.

During good weather it may be difficult to find an open and level spot due to crowding. It seems to be a very popular hiking spot. I visited this spot briefly in 2011, but the level parts of the parking lot were filled with cars. So, I went to nearby Mountain Way Elementary instead.

Driving directions: Google Maps's directions to Lime Kiln Trailhead are clear and easy to follow.

Restrictions: This is a Snohomish County park. No permit is required. Hours may be limited.

I-5 Toutle River SB, CN86ni14

Latitude, Longitude
46.352082, -122.907175
Map Location Near city of Castle Rock, Cowlitz County, WA, Altitude 374
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-01-29
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

I-5 Toutle River SB 1 I-5 Toutle River SB 2 I-5 Toutle River SB 3 I-5 Toutle River SB 4

I-5 southbound milepost 54 rest area is a local high spot. The far end is probably the highest but don't expect too much with all these trees.

Shell I-5, CN85pu54

Latitude, Longitude
45.852896, -122.701267
Map Location Near city of Woodland, Clark County, WA, Altitude 285
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-01-29
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Shell I-5 1 Shell I-5 2 Shell I-5 3 Shell I-5 4

This truck stop offers instant access from I-5, along with food, gas and a rest area. It is clean and well-maintained.

This is a local high spot along the freeway. It has a good view of Mt Rainier from the back parking area.

If you want to avoid Oregon's full-service gas stations, this is a very convenient fill-up spot in CN85 near the state border before leaving Washington.

Driving directions: I-5 exit 16
- Shell station is on the east side of the freeway
- NW Paradise Park Rd and NW La Center Rd

Mt Erie, CN88qk49

Latitude, Longitude
48.454193, -122.625230
Map Location Near city of Anacortes, Skagit County, WA, Altitude 1200
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2012-11-03
Comments by: Eric KB7DQH

Mt Erie 1 Mt Erie 2 Mt Erie 3 Mt Erie 4 Mt Erie 5 Mt Erie 6 Mt Erie 7 Mt Erie 8 Mt Erie 9

Mount Erie is the highest point on Fidalgo Island, at 1,273 feet. (See wikipedia.) Mount Baker is 43 miles to the northeast and can easily be seen from Mount Erie. On a clear day, Mount Rainier can be seen in the southeast, approximately 117 miles distant. Mount Erie is an Anacortes City Park and the summit is accessible via a single-lane, paved road from the base.

The hilltop hosts three large towers with a number of commercial and Coast Guard VHF+ transmitters, and the parking lot is surrounded by trees. It might not be good for really weak signal or microwave work, but Barry had no interference on 144 MHz unless he pointed directly north at the towers.

Driving directions: From I-5 take Exit 230 for WA-20 toward Anacortes
- Drive about 12 miles
- Turn left at a light onto WA-20 south
- Drive 1.8 miles
- Turn right onto Cambell Lake Rd
- Look for a quaint "Lake Erie Grocery" and keep right at the fork
- Drive 1.4 miles
- Slight right onto Ray Auld Dr with signpost "Mt Erie Viewpoint"
- Follow one-lane paved road 1.6 miles to top

Restrictions: One-lane road has lots of large overhanging tree branches
- Good clearance for sedans and SUVs but will snag tall antennas
- Road is not maintained for winter travel
- No restroom facilities on top
- Various signs announce "open 7am to 10pm" and "open 6am to 10pm" and "open 5am to 10pm". Barry was there at 7am on Sunday and thinks they never close the gate, but who knows.

Mt Anderson, CN88up90

Latitude, Longitude
48.628333, -122.256667
Map Location Near city of Sedro Wooley, Skagit County, WA, Altitude 3000
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2012-11-04
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN88
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Mt Anderson 1 Mt Anderson 2 Mt Anderson 3 Mt Anderson 4 Mt Anderson 5 Mt Anderson 6

Mountaintop location north of Sedro Wooley. Between Hwy 9 and I-5 Northwest of Lyman Hill.

You can't drive all the way to the top but there are a couple good turnouts in the last half mile to park and operate. I like this wide area on a sweeping curve at CN88up90 at 3,007' altitude for its southern exposure, shown in last two images above.

Driving directions: Access is via Old Hwy 99 1-1/2 miles south of Alger.
- From I-5 northbound take Exit 236 "Bow Hill Road", drive east 0.7 mi
- Turn left onto old Hwy 99, drive north 2.6 mi
- Turn right onto Parson Creek Rd, drive east 1 mi
- Turn left onto Skaarup Road, drive north 0.2 mi
- Continue straight where the road name changes to Alger Mt Rd Pvt
- Road changes to dirt "open" access road
- Drive 8 miles up mountain to the end; road ends within 300-400 ft from the top

Restrictions:
- Discover Pass required.
- The road is maintained in good condition.
- The final section of road has been blocked with bunkers.
- In winter conditions be prepared. On Nov 4, the road was soft from rain, and trees can fall anytime.

Chelan Butte, CN97xt53

Latitude, Longitude
47.807217, -120.034611
Map Location Near city of Chelan, Chelan County, WA, Altitude 3800
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2005-06-19
Source: Mike K7MDL 2005 ARRL June VHF QSO Party
Comments by: Mike K7MDL

Chelan Butte 1

In CN97 on Chelan Butte to start the contest. Great views of eastern Washington shared with the local hang gliders that fly into the Columbia River Basin below. View is south towards I-90 mountain pass corridor with Seattle over the mountains to the right more. Microwave towers are located on another rise not far off but far enough away to cause no problems.

Mountain Way ES, CN98ac31

Latitude, Longitude
48.088787, -121.970120
Map Location Near city of Granite Falls, Snohomish County, WA, Altitude 400
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2012-10-15
Comments by: Darryl WW7D

WW7D: I've worked from the Mountain Way Elementary School parking lot a number of times, and it works fairly well. It's at 400'--a little higher than the high school. In JanVHFTest, I spent 1.5 hours there and got (10) 6m, (16) 2m, (2) 1.25cm and (6) 70cm QSOs. In JunVHFTest, I spent a little over 30 minutes in the grid and had (10) 6m, (8) 2m, (2) 1.25m and (4) 70cm QSOs. There are definitely some blind spots from the location. I've always worked out of the north parking lot (not sure why); the south lot may work better. Location: 48.088871, -121.969944

Darrington, CN98fg84

Latitude, Longitude
48.268481, -121.510834
Map Location Near city of Darrington, Snohomish County, WA, Altitude 4319
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2020-09-22
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

There is a ridge up in the hills high above Darrington with an open exposure east but disappointing propagation in all directions. It's not quite high enough that your signals will clear nearby ridges. Maybe it'd work okay with meteor scatter but otherwise don't bother with this spot.

The drive up here is on good roads and spectacular Pacific Northwest surroundings. This has got to be one of the most enjoyable mountain drives I've ever driven.

Restrictions: Snow is likely to last into July.

Darrington2, CN98gj61

Latitude, Longitude
48.380874, -121.448487
Map Location Near city of Darrington, Snohomish County, WA, Altitude 4400
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2020-06-11
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Up in the hills above Darrington are some promising unpaved roads on mountains. This spot is a trailhead parking area with open horizon in all directions except NW.

Needs scouting.

Restrictions: Good 4WD is required for steep roads.

Sunnyside Overlook, CN96xd80

Latitude, Longitude
46.128833, -120.009667
Map Location Near city of Sunnyside, Yakima County, WA, Altitude 1841
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2012-07-22
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Sunnyside Overlook 1 Sunnyside Overlook 2 Sunnyside Overlook 3 Sunnyside Overlook 4

There's a nice hilltop and overlook on Glade Road just south of Sunnyside, WA. This would make a great spot near the CN96-DN06 grid line to work all of Yakima valley and Richland metro centers.

You can drive east one from here on Township Road and quickly access DN06 in one half mile.

Driving directions: From Sunnyside, drive south on Mabton Road (Highway 241).
- The road name changes to Mabton-Bickleton Road.
- The name changes again to Glade Road and winds its way up a hill.
- Near the top, look for the intersection of Glade and Township roads.
- There is a drop-down snow gate where you can pull off with a view.

Holter Road, CN95qu85

Latitude, Longitude
45.856076, -120.593403
Map Location Near city of Goldendale, Klickitat County, WA, Altitude 2100
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2012-09-20
Comments by: Doug K7EVI

200 Holter Road, Goldendale, WA 98620

Our location is registered as 'Pleasant Valley Victory Through Faith Center' where one of the charity functions is teaching ham radio, so ham visitors are welcome. The property layout is pretty clear from satellite images.

Mountains are Simcoes to the north, Cascades 70 miles west, Goodnoe hills 7 miles south, but the distances provide good take-off angles in all directions. I can see the lights glow from Yakima and Sunnyside and sometimes Tri Cities. Unobstructed view of the Clark Belt from horizon to horizon.

VHF propagation is good. I have worked Hermiston, Bend, Salem, Yakima, Portland and Goldendale repeaters with just a handie-talkie and rubber duckie whip. There is very little local ham activity on 2 meters. This is location is remote and off-grid so it's very radio quiet and a great location for HF and contests such as Salmon Run. An existing vertical or dipole may be available if I'm not operating. - Doug K7EVI

Driving directions: Best route is Bickleton Highway to Old Mountain Road to Holter Road.
Badger Gulch Road is okay but it destroys tires.
Do not use Box Canyon Road since it's impassable. Don't let your GPS take you to Box Canyon Rd.

Restrictions: Get prior permission from Doug K7EVI for private property access.
No hunting, alcohol, drugs, open fires, no smoking.

Mt Pilchuck Trailhead, CN98cb27

Latitude, Longitude
48.071081, -121.813781
Map Location Near city of Granite Falls, Snohomish County, WA, Altitude 3150
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2009-03-16
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN98
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Mt Pilchuck Trailhead 1 Mt Pilchuck Trailhead 2 Mt Pilchuck Trailhead 3

This site is pretty bad. It's a large parking lot for a trailhead near the top of Mt Pilchuck. The road has extremely bad potholes in 2020 and it's very slow going, but 2WD sedans drive it all of the time. It's a popular destination for hikers; expect a lot of traffic.

Wooded and hilly area. Good horizon to N and NW. Practically no exposure any other directions. I recommend against this spot; it's really hard on your vehicle for no good horizon anywhere.

Has a vault toilet and Verizon had two bars signal.

Driving directions: Through Granite Falls on Stanley Street
- Go east on Mountain Loop Highway
- Drive approximately 11 miles to Verlot and then cross a big steel bridge
- Just past bridge, look for "Mt Pilchuck" access sign and turn right
- Follow main forest road 6 miles to turnoff to the parking lot
- http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?z=10&n=5323190&e=589544

Mt Pilchuck Landing, CN98bb96

Latitude, Longitude
48.069167, -121.838056
Map Location Near city of Granite Falls, Snohomish County, WA, Altitude 2200
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2012-11-11
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN98
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Mt Pilchuck Landing 1 Mt Pilchuck Landing 2 Mt Pilchuck Landing 3 Mt Pilchuck Landing 4 Mt Pilchuck Landing 5 Mt Pilchuck Landing 6 Mt Pilchuck Landing 7 Mt Pilchuck Landing 8

Logging landing on west side of mountain. Excellent exposure to N, S, and W. Blocked on East by the remainder of Mt Pilchuck. This is a premier operating location with excellent paths to the north, west, and south. 15 miles east of Granite Falls.

It would be very rough for low slung autos to make it in since the ruts and low areas and rocky pools can be bad. Two-wheel drive pickups will have less problem.

There is ample room to camp and set up, though you can expect frequent traffic through the area.

10/2003 update. People have been burning pallet boards at the landing, and there is an incredible quantity of nails in the dirt on the uphill side of the road. These nails have been burned and are rusty, so they are hard to see. Look before you drive off the road, and check your spare tire before departure!

11/2012 update. This is still an outstanding location with line-of-sight access to most of Puget Sound, and magical ducting into Oregon. The trees are beginning to come back and are now about head height; it will be just a few more years until they start blocking microwave paths. Another good reason to bring saws and pruners.

Driving directions: Go through Granite Falls on Stanley Street.
- Go east on the Mountain Loop Highway.
- Watch your speed through the 35 mph zones in towns - police patrol this area regularly.
- Drive 12 miles to Verlot and the big steel bridge. The milepost is just past the bridge.
- Look for "Mt. Pilchuck" access sign on left just past bridge.
- Turn right up the hill here
- At 1.4 miles is a gate here If closed, try nearby Green Mountain instead.
- At 4.8 miles turn right off the main road here No road marker but the maps say NF4240.
- At 5.1 miles is a very big nasty puddle here Walk it and clear obstacles, keep right.
- At 5.5 miles turn right to go downhill here The left goes through a gully by a rock, that's not the way.
- At 5.7 miles is the landing, park here

Restrictions:
- Bring chain saw, shovel and pruners. Shrubs encroach and trees fall on the unmaintained side road.
- If you are flying rover antennas you should also bring a pole pruner.
- Turn your headlights on because of the narrow road and limited visibility.
- No cellphone service.

Green Mtn, CN98bd92

Latitude, Longitude
48.136900, -121.835300
Map Location Near city of Granite Falls, Snohomish County, WA, Altitude 2900
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2006-09-16
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN98
Comments by: Mike K7MDL

This is a mountaintop north of Mt Pilchuck and ENE of Granite Falls.

Take Hwy 92 east of Granite Falls, to Robe (a spot on the map at best). On the left will be two tall power poles with transformer platform, and one of them has a white fixed wireless vertical antenna. Turn left after these poles. There are two roads, one 90 degrees from Highway 92, the other veering off to the left. Take this road. It is paved up to a fork in the road. Take the right gravel road up the mountain. It will wind around, with some spurs you might be tempted to turn onto, do not. The main traveled road is the most worn, and you would have to cross a slight gravel berm to leave the main road. The main road is not overgrown, and has plenty of clearance for antennas. The sides are likely overgrown, so you will know if you took a wrong turn.

At the 2900 ft level you will come upon a 90 degree turn to the east and will have a great view. This is the best stop and is the most western high spot on the mountain. There is room to turn around here and park on the side. It is far enough west of Mt Pilchuck to afford a clear shot of Mt Rainier and CN97 stations. No coverage to the east from here, just rock, so plan for that when the evening 6-meter openings come in the summer. It is about a 18 minute run, the road has been in very good shape, much better than Mt Pilchuck's road, and is quicker access and higher also. Lots of shooters come here to the lower elevations.

Going further takes you along the north side of the upper ridge for maybe 6 miles before you cross over to the south side of the saddle where it is very open view east, south, and west. North and NW will be obstructed, and Mt Pilchuck will obstruct the view straight south. CN97 stations are tough from here.

Restrictions: Take along a saw in case a tree falls across the road, you might be the first to deal with it.

Slate Peak, CN98pr87

Latitude, Longitude
48.741474, -120.680780
Map Location Near city of Mazama, Okanogan County, WA, Altitude 7300
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2009-03-16
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN98
Comments by: Mike K7MDL

Forest Service Lookout west of Goat Peak lookout and northwest of Mazama off Highway 20.

This location is car drivable after July 4 most years to 7300 ft. The road to the lookout is gated, but it is a short hike to the station. This site was a radar site at one time. Radio Mobile shows that it should provide good signals to nearly every major population center as far south as Portland.

3/16/2009 update from K7CW. I researched getting permission to operate from Slate Peak for a June VHF contest a few years ago. The district ranger sounded amenable to letting us do it, but he referred me to the radio tech who maintains the repeaters. The tech told me that tests would have to be run to determine if there would interference problems. He said that he doubted that permission would be granted. I took that as an indication to not bother him further. Slate Peak is a pretty good location, except for the climb past the gate. But, if you can get them to give you a key, there is a lot of room at the top - enough to set up several stations. The road to the summit is the highest public road in the State of Washington.

Driving directions: West of Goat peak lookout (7000ft) and NW of Mazama off Hwy 20.

Snoqualmie Ridge, CN97bm48

Latitude, Longitude
47.534317, -121.879333
Map Location Near city of Snoqualmie, King County, WA, Altitude 920
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2006-09-16
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN97
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Subdivision under construction. North of I-90 and Highway 18 intersection.

This site is about five minutes from the I-90/Highway 18 intersection. It has good VHF exposure to the north, south, and east, but is marginal above 432. It is a good idea to take compass headings from this location because I-90 runs NW/SW and is a poor reference point.

Driving directions: From I-90 take Snoqualmie Ridge exit
- Go north approximately two miles
- From Highway 18, cross I-90 and go north approximately two miles
- This area is under constant construction
- You may have to wander around a bit to find a good operating site
- One of the better sites is an open lot under the power lines near the central part of the business area

High Rock Road, CN97at62

Latitude, Longitude
47.800000, -121.950000
Map Location Near city of Monroe, King County, WA, Altitude 710
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2006-09-06
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN97
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

High Rock Road 1

This is a logging landing on Highway 203 between Preston and Monroe.

The entrance is gated, but someone lives further down the road, so it will likely be open. There are high tension lines about 150 yards south, but they did not give Lynn any trouble during the June 2001 contest. This site had an excellent path to the west and north.

There are two roadside locations just before you get to this site, so if the gate is closed, try one.

Driving directions: From Highway 203 south of Monroe go up Cherry Valley Road approximately 1 mile.
- Start looking for pull-offs just past the intersection with High Rock Road.

I-90 Indian John, CN97nd88

Latitude, Longitude
47.161280, -120.848660
Map Location Near city of Cle Elum, Kittatas County, WA, Altitude 2141
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2001-08-23
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN97
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Indian John Rest Area. I-90 eastbound and westbound, mile 89. Good exposure east west and north. Ridge approx 1 mile south blocking UHF.

Tronson Ridge, CN97rj04

Latitude, Longitude
47.393500, -120.577500
Map Location Near city of Wenatchee, Chelan County, WA, Altitude 4640
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2006-09-16
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN97
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

This is a mountain top ridge near Blewett Pass. There is a great shot both east and west. The north view is a little blocked by dirt, but south is pretty clear.

Driving directions: I-90 East, exit 85 near Cle Elum
- Follow US 97 over Blewett Pass
- Five miles from the summit take Forest Service road FS 7224. (marked as "5 Mill Road")
- Follow the road about 3.2 miles, avoid all side roads and you pop out at the top of the ridge

Mt Rainier Summit, CN96cu84

Latitude, Longitude
46.852737, -121.760616
Map Location Near city of Ashford, Pierce County, WA, Altitude 14411
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2010-04-01
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN96
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

This site is on top of a large mountain. It has excellent signal paths in all directions.

Driving directions: Take state highway 706 through Ashford to the Visitors Center. Park car, walk up hill.

Restrictions: Bring oxygen.

Rainout Ridge, CN96aw68

Latitude, Longitude
46.950700, -121.948900
Map Location Near city of Carbonado, Pierce County, WA, Altitude 4800
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Last update: 2008-09-14
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN96
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Rainout Ridge 1 Rainout Ridge 2 Rainout Ridge 3 Rainout Ridge 4 Rainout Ridge 5 Rainout Ridge 6

This is an excellent operating location, though the weather fronts hit very fast and violently. Lynn operated the 2004 June and September VHF contests from this location and had wild weather both times. It was not hard to get to, but it looks hard on the map. I have pulled a small 5th wheel trailer in there twice, and KB7DQH got his bus in there - it is a steady climb all the way from Highway 165, but not particularly steep.

This location provides excellent VHF and UHF paths to the entire Puget Sound area, and easily reaches down into Oregon on UHF. Use of this area requires a NW forest pass which can be bought in Wilkeson at the general store. Further info is at http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/feedemo/nwfp.shtml.

If you plan to spend the night be prepared for some rough weather. The ridge is on hard rock, and it would be impossible to pound tent pegs into the ground, so you might take buckets to fill with rocks. I strongly recommend a scouting trip before you go up there for a contest.

This location is located in an Off-Road vehicle area, so expect lots of traffic. Most of the 4 wheelers are good folks, but I have seen some real morons crashing around in a highly dangerous manner, so be careful on the roads.

Driving directions: Go through Wilkeson, then 14 miles on Highway 165 to Evans Creek ORV area.
- (Exactly 13.9 miles from the "Historical Site: Wilkeson Elementary School" sign)
- Go through the ORV parking lot and then drive to the "Y" and go right.
- On your left will be a parking lot with a bathroom.
- Just past the "Y" you'll pass the entry to the Evans Creek campground.
- Continue up the hill per the following map to the area marked with the arrow.
- There are 3 major intersections from the Evans Creek campground, take a left at each of them.
- At the second intersection, there is a road marking just past the intersection labeled FS 7930.
- You can obtain a better copy of the map from the map board in the parking area.
- The entire grade is on rock road and traction is good but there may be some washouts.

Restrictions: September 14, 2008. Per KD7TS the upper road to the ridge was closed with tank traps. This is likely a permanent closure.

Mt Defiance, CN95dp35

Latitude, Longitude
45.648500, -121.722600
Map Location Near city of Cascade Locks, Hood River County, OR, Altitude 4800
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Last update: 2006-07-01
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN95
Comments by: Mary Anne KE7CGZ

There are radio towers at this location including the Mt Defiance ham repeater.

Little Mtn, CN88uj25

Latitude, Longitude
48.397200, -122.309200
Map Location Near city of Mt Vernon, Skagit County, WA, Altitude 907
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Last update: 2012-07-11
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN88
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Little Mtn 1 Little Mtn 2 Little Mtn 3 Little Mtn 4 Little Mtn 5 Little Mtn 6 Little Mtn 7 Little Mtn 8

This site is a public park at a scenic overlook on top of a small mountain. It is about ten minutes off I-5 on paved roads.

The best exposure is to the south and southwest. It is an excellent location up through 432, but doesn't seem to do well on UHF. There is a sloping parking lot, and unfortunately there are some local power lines nearby. There are restrooms and an observation deck.

N4SL and WB7FJG set up a portable station up through 432 in front of the observation deck during the June 2001 contest and reported excellent results.

Driving directions: Northbound on I-5 take exit 225, south of Mt Vernon and just past a heavy crane display.
- Turn right (east) from the exit ramp onto Cedardale Road and immediately turn left (north).
- Go about 0.5 miles to Blackburn and turn right.
- Go east on Blackburn 1.1 miles and turn right onto Little Mt Road.
- Go up hill 0.3 miles and watch for "Little Mountain Park" sign on right. Turn at the sign.
- Proceed 1.3 miles on narrow paved road to the parking lot at the peak.
- Note: Some GPS devices do not know about this park road up to the peak.

Restrictions: Park hours are 10 a.m. to dusk. This is a popular local attraction, so expect lots of traffic.

I-5 Smokey Point, CN88ve70

Latitude, Longitude
48.169570, -122.188900
Map Location Near city of Marysville, Snohomish County, WA, Altitude 100
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Last update: 2012-07-11
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN88
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

I-5 Smokey Point 1 I-5 Smokey Point 2 I-5 Smokey Point 3 I-5 Smokey Point 4

This is a rest stop on I-5 northbound north of Everett. It is on slightly high ground, and offers OK paths in all directions. Lynn N7CFO has used it for quick VHF and UHF operation with good success.

A famous and historic Western Red Cedar stump is on display, as evidence of the giant trees which once forested the area. Over 20 feet in diameter and 200 feet tall, the tree is believed to have been more than 1,000 years old. It's large enough to drive a car through.

Keep an eye on the sky. This is close to the Arlington Airport and you may see unusual experimental aircraft overhead.

Driving directions: On northbound I-5 milepost 207, a mile past where the speed limit changes to 70, take exit into rest stop.
You have three choices as you enter the fork into Smokey Point:
- Left for RVs (recommended) will give you extra space from passersby and the trees
- Middle for commercial trucks
- Right for passenger cars

Restrictions: Signs are posted to limit your stay to 8 hours.

McMicken Heights, CN87uk68

Latitude, Longitude
47.451200, -122.282900
Map Location Near city of SeaTac, King County, WA, Altitude 520
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Last update: 2012-07-01
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN87
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

McMicken Heights 1 McMicken Heights 2 McMicken Heights 3 McMicken Heights 4

This is a local high point that is easy to get to from I-5 and I-405 for stop-n-shop operation into the greater metro area.

The topmost point behind Safeway is occupied by a large water tower loaded with antennas. You probably don't want to operate from right there, so find an open unoccupied parking area such as Galliano's Cucina (catering!), Safeway (starbucks!), Ulysses Restaurant (wifi + pizza!), Deringer (vacant!), etc.

Driving directions: From I-5 southbound, take Southcenter Parkway exit
- Turn right (west) onto Southcenter Parkway
- Take the first left onto 42nd Ave
- Climb the hill and you will find yourself in McMicken Heights on high ground
- Find an open parking area away from wires, water towers, etc
- To return to I-5 or 405, don't go back the way you came
- Go west to International Blvd and then north to 518, for easiest highway access

Mt Jupiter, CN87mq64

Latitude, Longitude
47.687300, -122.948000
Map Location Near city of Brinnon, Jefferson County, WA, Altitude 1730
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Last update: 2011-09-18
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN87
Comments by: Paul K7CW

1730 foot elevation west of Brinnon on the Olympic Peninsula.

Driving directions: Driving south of Brinnon on Highway 101, after a few miles, watch for the Mt Jupiter road sign.
- Take the right turn (west)
- Follow the main road (which is paved at first, but quickly turns to gravel)
- Follow signs to the Mt Jupiter trailhead.
- Once you get to the trailhead, you will understand why you can't operate there, so turn around and backtrack a little to find a suitable turnoff to the right.
- It's not great for Vancouver or Victoria, but excellent for everything else.
- The shot to CN72 on 2m is a PIPELINE.

There is also a second location:
- Shortly before getting to the trailhead, the road Ys, with the left fork going to the trailhead.
- The right fork goes to the spot which, if you succeed making it across the trench, is a short drive farther to a wide spot on the spur road.
- This second spot may be better to operate from if you're willing to risk getting stuck in the trench.
- It certainly is more level here. (K7CW)

Mt Crag, CN87ms03

Latitude, Longitude
47.766099, -122.997608
Map Location Near city of Brinnon, Jefferson County, WA, Altitude 4000
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Last update: 2011-09-18
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN87
Comments by: Mike KD7TS

General. Safety First !!! These roads wash out often. There may be no one around to help you. Shoulders may be soft, and may drop you 100's or more feet. We have taken regular passenger cars and RV's up these roads with no difficulty. If you see something you feel is not safe, don't attempt it. You are probably lost. Turn around and try to find the last known location.

Driving directions: Get to Brinnon on Hwy 101, south of Quilcene.
- At the north end of town is Dosewallips Road which starts west between a gravel pit and a motel.
- Set or check your odometer, as all distances will be referenced starting from Highway 101.
- Drive 1.1 miles and watch for the 2620/Rocky Brook Rd on the North side of the road.
- There is a "farm" with old equipment on the south side of the road.
- The road starts out rather steep and looks like a residential access road at first, but suddenly becomes a narrow one lane forest road.
- Go 2.9 more miles to the intersection of 2620 and 2630. 2620 is the road we stay on and it goes to the right. (4 miles showing from 101).
- Go another 1.1 miles on 2620 to the intersection of 2620 and 030. 2620 is the road on the left and we are now 5.1 miles from highway 101.
- Continue on 2620 another 3.2 miles, (8.3 from 101) to the top of the pass between Buck Mtn and Mt Crag.
- As you reach the summit of the pass there is a storage area for road building materials on the west side of the road. The road we want is numbered 050.
- Turn west (left) on 050, travel .8 (8 tenths) miles to the intersection of 050 and 053.
- Stay to right (uphill) and go another 1.25 miles to the intersection of 050 and 056. 056 starts at the top of a very sharp hairpin turn and runs .75 miles to the end of the Mt Crag ridge.
- You will pass a very steep hill rising on your left, before the end of the ridge. This goes up to a repeater site.
- Stay to the right on the narrow road that skirts the side of the road that rises.
- Headings can be confusing, so if you get a chance to see Mt Rainier or Mt Baker, make a note of where they are.

Restrictions: Per KD7TS the road is gated at Forest Road 056. (September 2011)

I-5 Federal Way, CN87ug25

Latitude, Longitude
47.271354, -122.314583
Map Location Near city of Federal Way, King County, WA, Altitude 260
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Last update: 2002-01-20
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN87
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

I-5 Federal Way 1

This is a truck scale located next to a rest stop. The best operating location is in the scales area. The rest stop has a lot of trees that hamper UHF operation. This is not a great spot, but it is quick, and restrooms are handy if you need them. There are good paths to the south, and you can usually work the locals on UHF if nothing else.

Driving directions: I-5 northbound: just past milepost 140, take truck scales exit. Bear left.
I-5 southbound: just past milepost 141, take truck scales exit.

Newport Hills, CN87wm28

Latitude, Longitude
47.533970, -122.143190
Map Location Near city of Bellevue, King County, WA, Altitude 940
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Last update: 2011-09-18
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN87
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Newport Hills 1 Newport Hills 2 Newport Hills 3

This is a commercial golf course about five miles east of I-405. The best operating location is the southwest corner of the parking lot. There are excellent paths to the north, west, and south, and not bad to the east. The course staff are ham-friendly and have been very cordial.

Driving directions: Take exit 10 off I-405 onto Coal Creek Parkway.
- Go east 2.5 miles to SE 72nd.
- Go left on SE 72nd 1/4 mile to 133rd Ave. SE.
- Go left on 133rd Ave SE 1.6 miles to a road on the right. The road does not have a sign, but there is a large "The Golf Course at Newport" sign on the corner.
- Go up this road 1/4 mile to an intersection and then take a right up the hill on "Six Penny Lane". (Do not go straight up the service road.)
- Go up Six Penny Lane .7 miles past the clubhouse to the parking lot.

Restrictions: 5/3/2003: Lynn N7CFO went up there for the UHF sprint, and the operations manager asked that in the future that hams call Jim Rupp, the facilities manager at (425)793-4681 to ask permission to operate. This is important - we don't want to lose a prime operating location for lack of making a phone call.

Overlook Point Park, CN87ma93

Latitude, Longitude
47.014966, -122.916799
Map Location Near city of Tumwater, Thurston County, WA, Altitude 300
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Last update: 2011-09-18
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN87
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Overlook Point Park 1 Overlook Point Park 2 Overlook Point Park 3

This site is a public park parking lot on a ridge. It is about five minutes off I-5. The north end of the lot has excellent VHF/UHF exposure to the north. The park closes at dusk, but the police don't seem to mind. There are restrooms and water available.

June 21, 2005 update by Lynn: I was in the area and noticed from I-5 that the hill had been logged off, so I drove up there. The hill behind the park has been clear-cut and there is now an excellent north/south exposure from this location. There is a gate at the top of the road, but it was open so I was able to get to the top of the ridge. The best location is likely east of the water tanks. If the gate is closed there is still a pull-off next to the gate that offers good north/south shots.

This photo shows the best operating position if the gate is closed. You can see the gate just beyond my truck. If the gate is open go around to the left behind the water tanks.

Driving directions: I-5 exit 102
- West to Second Avenue
- North on Second Avenue to Linwood Ave
- Left onto Linwood Avenue to 7th/Barnes
- Up hill approx 1 mile to park on left. Look for water tank.

Restrictions: This is in a populated area, and the line of fire to the north is over several apartment buildings, so there could be a TVI/RFI problem if you are running a lot of power.

Mt Pleasant Cemetery, CN86ob03

Latitude, Longitude
46.054199, -122.832198
Map Location Near city of Kalam, Cowlitz County, WA, Altitude 1086
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Last update: 2013-01-28
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Mt Pleasant Cemetery 1 Mt Pleasant Cemetery 2 Mt Pleasant Cemetery 3 Mt Pleasant Cemetery 4

This is a good hill close to I-5.

Driving directions: Take Exit 32 (Kalama River Road) from I-5.
- Go East 1/4 mile on Kalama River Road and turn left onto Old Hwy 99 S.
- Go North 1.8 miles on Old Hwy 99 S to Mt Pleasant Road.
- Turn right onto Mt Pleasant Road and just go uphill.
- Follow signs to Mt Pleasant Cemetery.
- Turn right onto Hale Barber Road, and go 2 miles.

Restrictions: Not much place to park.

Dray's Mound, CN86nb65

Latitude, Longitude
46.066300, -122.864800
Map Location Near city of Kalama, Cowlitz County, WA, Altitude 400
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Last update: 2013-01-18
Comments by: Lynn, Barry N7CFO, K7BWH

Dray's Mound 1 Dray's Mound 2 Dray's Mound 3 Dray's Mound 4

High spot just off I-5.

Driving directions: - Take Exit 32 (Kalama River Road) from I-5.
- Go East 1/4 mile on Kalama River Road and turn left onto Old Hwy 99 S.
- Go North 1.8 miles on Old Hwy 99 S to Mt Pleasant Road.
- Turn right onto Mt Pleasant Road and almost immediately turn left into the Carrolton Crest development (stone entrance).
- However, as of Jan 2013 this is now gated and normally closed.
- This community is an exclusive and private road.
- Instead, continue on up the hill to the Mt Pleasant Cemetery, CN86ob.

Restrictions: This is gated shut for private access only, as seen in Jan 2013.

I-5 Scatter Creek, CN86mu10

Latitude, Longitude
46.836100, -122.986200
Map Location Near city of Centralia, Lewis County, WA, Altitude 200
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Last update: 2006-04-11
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN86
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

I-5 Scatter Creek 1 I-5 Scatter Creek 2

WSDOT rest stop on I-5 in broad flat valley offers quick off-the-freeway access with good sightlines to Seattle and Portland metro areas. There's not much else there except clean restrooms.

Driving directions: I-5 rest stop about 20 miles south of Olympia. Note access only from northbound lanes.

Bahokus Peak, CN78pi89

Latitude, Longitude
48.372100, -124.675900
Map Location Near city of Neah Bay, Clallam County, WA, Altitude 1300
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Last update: 2006-04-11
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN78
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

This is an old Air Force site with some local government radio antennas and a weather radar site. There is a wide place to park off the main road at a fork leading to one of the sites. There is no place to camp, but great place to stop and shoot. I noticed no apparent receive interference problems from the mountaintop electronics, although VE7DXG could probably be heard on a Heathkit dummy load from that location.

There are trees everywhere on the hilltop which would make microwave operation difficult if not impossible above 1296 MHz. On the way up there is a spot with good exposure East to Southeast.

Driving directions: Look for Makah Air Force Station. Follow SR 112 to end of pavement, turn left, then drive approximately 1 mile to a hard right turn that takes you back up the hill to the top. The top is about 3 miles inland from the most northwestern point on the continental US. This gives you a nearly unobstructed look (except for trees) to the South, so it is a great place for coastal tropo.

SR 112 also has some places along the Strait of Juan De Fuca on the way to Neah Bay from Sekiu (Hello CQ from Sekiu) where vertical rock faces are on the West side of the road, and pulloffs on the East side of the road. These passive reflectors are good for about 6-9dB of signal enhancement (at least to K7RAT) while roving and can make for a few more points while driving up to the hill.

North Point, CN78xc10

Latitude, Longitude
48.084444, -124.072466
Map Location Near city of Port Angeles, Clallam County, WA, Altitude 3300
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Last update: 2021-07-27
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN78
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

North Point 1 North Point 2 North Point 3 North Point 4 North Point 5

This a fire lookout site that has been converted to a small park/viewpoint, complete with an outhouse. If the weather is clear you can see it from Highway 101.

Look to the north when you are in the speedometer test area. The road up is well maintained, and could be driven in a passenger car if you are careful. There are numerous ditches cut across the road for drainage, but they don't present a problem if you take it slow. The path to the north is blocked by a ridge. The road continues to a microwave site which is on higher ground but gated off.

Driving directions: Take Highway 101 west from Port Angeles.
After you pass Lake Crescent, you'll eventually cross two bridges.
Turn right (North) on West Snider Road and cross the bridge.
Go 0.4 mile and then left at sign "North Point Lookout".
Go up FR 3040. It took me an hour from the highway to the lookout.

Hole in the Wall, CN77xx87

Latitude, Longitude
47.989979, -124.016247
Map Location Near city of Sol Duc, Clallam County, WA, Altitude 3400
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Last update: 2006-04-11
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN77
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Hole in the Wall 1 Hole in the Wall 2

This is up a paved forest Road south of Highway 101. It gives easy access to the CN77-78 grid line. The Delorme maps for this area are not particularly good, and if it is cloudy you can easily get turned around.

Driving directions: Go west from Port Angeles:

  • 0.0 - Turn south on Cooper Ranch Road opposite Klahowya Campground.
  • 0.3 - Turn left onto NF-29, a narrow single-lane paved road.
  • 1.7 - Keep left to stay on NF-29, still mostly paved.
  • 2.4 - Turn right to stay on NF-29, ignore unpaved side roads.
  • 7.2 - Keep right at Y
  • 8.7 - Keep right; both roads join about 100 yards ahead.
  • 10.0 - CN78xa46: a ridge with open horizon east, this would work okay to setup in CN78.
  • 10.8 - Is the "hole" photo above, and turn-off to NF-2922. No good horizon east from here.
  • 11.3 - CN77xx69: the end of the pavement and a good place to operate in CN77.
  • Allow 35 - 45 minutes from main highway.

Ocean City, CN77wa07

Latitude, Longitude
47.032587, -124.164064
Map Location Near city of Ocean City, Grays Harbor County, WA, Altitude 0
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Last update: 2006-04-11
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN77
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

This is a state park located just north of the CN76/CN77 grid line near Copalis Beach. It is a large park with camping and day use facilities. It is an easy 6/2/432 haul into the Seattle area IF people have their beams pointed in the proper direction to work you. If you go into CN76 or CN77 you are well advised to do a lot of planning and make sure that amateurs in the Seattle and Portland areas are looking for you.

Driving directions:

  • Highway 12 West to Aberdeen
  • West on Highway 109 to Highway 115
  • South on 155 to state park
Note: You go through a grid intersection between Aberdeen and Ocean Shores.

Restrictions: This is a state RV park and a Discover Pass is required for motor-vehicle access. Check the Washington State Parks website for park hours and seasonal schedule.

Mowich Road, CN96aw18

Latitude, Longitude
46.951000, -121.984200
Map Location Near city of Buckley, Pierce County, WA, Altitude 3300
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Last update: 2012-05-20
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Mowich Road 1 Mowich Road 2 Mowich Road 3 Mowich Road 4 Mowich Road 5 Mowich Road 6 Mowich Road 7 Mowich Road 8

On the western flank of Mt Rainier is this neat wide spot on the road. It offers a good CN96 location and then grid CN97 is but a few minutes west, followed by a short drive to Buckley for both CN87 and CN97. Although Mt Rainier is blocking access to Eastern Washington, the mountain provides an effective reflector to reach stations in more places. Mt St. Helens may reduce signal strength of Portland area stations but I worked into Oregon quite effectively. The views are stunning but most side roads are gated off, preventing access to logging roads.

You can ignore the sign "Mowich Lake Closed" because the lake is well beyond our intended parking spot. However, pay attention to "caution rough roads" -- it turns to gravel and washboards just past this sign. A four-wheel drive vehicle is nice but not essential. Just beyond this turnout is the Evans Creek ORV (off-road vehicle) park; beware of a steady stream of Jeeps on this road that are headed up to play in the mud.

The chosen parking spot offers a rocky knob to gain a few more feet of altitude, which improves propagation path to the north through the trees across the road.

This was my most successful VHF 2-meter trip to date. Seattle is 45 miles to the north with booming signals. Portland is 100 miles to the south with good signals. I love this spot.

Mowich Road, CN86xx82

Latitude, Longitude
46.967000, -122.009200
Map Location Near city of Buckley, Pierce County, WA, Altitude 2904
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Last update: 2012-05-20
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Mowich Road 1 Mowich Road 2 Mowich Road 3

A mile west of CN96aw is a wide spot on Mowich Road, offering good propogation from CN86xx. These two spots together make an excellent place for operating a VHF contest. (Please bring a trash bag and help pick up after the careless littering.)

Toppenish Ridge, CN96ug09

Latitude, Longitude
46.291600, -120.327670
Map Location Near city of Toppenish, Yakima County, WA, Altitude 1650
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Last update: 2012-04-28
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Toppenish Ridge 1 Toppenish Ridge 2 Toppenish Ridge 3 Toppenish Ridge 4

This ridge along the south side of Yakima valley provides a clear view toward Seattle in the NW and to Portland in the SW. A four-wheel drive vehicle is needed to reach the top, but the dry local weather might leave it accessible in winter.

Goose Hill, CN85pv57

Latitude, Longitude
45.907749, -122.701449
Map Location Near city of Woodland, Clark County, WA, Altitude 820
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Last update: 2012-02-19
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Goose Hill 1 Goose Hill 2 Goose Hill 3 Goose Hill 4 Goose Hill 5

Goose Hill overlooks I-5 and the greater Columbia River valley, with easy access from the freeway. Although residents have gated the very top point, you can park on a gravel driveway for an open view in all directions with some low remaining rise to the north. And I even made some contacts northward into Seattle with my 15' mast and 7-element beam. Goose Hill has a radio tower nearby, but it's just a 911 transponder and did not cause 2-meter interference.

From I-5 take Exit 22 and wind your way up a mossy and scenic road. Turn left from Bratton Road onto NW Goose Hill Ave. Ignore the "Dead End" sign. Continue up to the top, turning left onto someone's dirt road before you reach their house. Driving time is about ten minutes from I-5.

This is a fine spot, but if you have a little more time and a 4wd vehicle, a much better spot is Davis Peak CN85qx up along the ridges just north near Ariel and Lake Merwin.

Woodland Ridge, CN85ow99

Latitude, Longitude
45.956630, -122.751630
Map Location Near city of Woodland, Cowlitz County, WA, Altitude 900
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Last update: 2006-09-16
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN85
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Woodland Ridge 1

This is an excellent quick location from I-5. The exposure to the south is very good, but there is a hill to the north that blocks the Puget Sound area on UHF.

Driving directions: From I-5 take exit 22, (Dike Access Road). Go East.
- Go about 1 mile and take Green Mountain Road left near some Little League fields.
- Follow Green Mtn Road up the hill.
- Look for a large sign on the right side of the road advertising home sites or lots.
- Turn right and follow the roads up the steep hill.
- At the top of the hill there are several good locations.
- As of 6/01 the road was gated near the top of the hill.
- If you continue up Green Mtn. Road you'll start down the Kalama side of the mountain and eventually end up in Kalama. This is not recommended because of slow roads.

Davis Peak, CN85qx95

Latitude, Longitude
45.981167, -122.583833
Map Location Near city of Ariel, Cowlitz County, WA, Altitude 2260
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Last update: 2012-02-19
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Davis Peak 1 Davis Peak 2 Davis Peak 3 Davis Peak 4

Davis Peak offers an outstanding ridge road with some pulloffs for operating with views in all directions. Note that a 4wd vehicle is needed for these forest service and logging roads. Note there is always snow in the winter, even when the lowlands are clear and warm.

Davis Peak is a half-hour drive from I-5 Exit 22 near Woodland. Follow highway 503 along the north side of Lewis River. Continue past Hansen Road (a dead end of course) and turn left onto the nicely paved Fredrickson Road. At the "end of maintained county road" sign, continue onto the logging roads. At every branch in the road, choose the upward path.

There is a longer alternate route suggested by Google Maps, which doesn't currently show the logging road at the end of Fredrickson Road. The alternate route turns off at Little Kalama River Road and climbs up to follow the ridge line to Davis Peak. There are likely even more good candidates along this path.

Check the area in advance for campgrounds. I saw several pull-outs that have been used for camping but of course there are no services. This road is well known to the local teenagers for summertime hangouts.

I did not operate the radio on my reconnoiter visit, but I'm tempted to come back for the Salmon Run contest in Cowlitz County. Also, it was very foggy and snow covered; the tiny dirt path along steep drop-offs makes an extremely disconcerting drive in these conditions.

Sekiu, CN78ug32

Latitude, Longitude
48.261070, -124.306161
Map Location Near city of Sekiu, King County, WA, Altitude 50
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Last update: 2012-01-22
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Every ham should have a chance to call CQ from a spot like this that can generate such mind-boggling confusion: "CQ CQ, CQ from Sekiu, CQ to Sekiu, and CQ everywhere else."

We arranged our schedule to be in this remote lowland spot during the regular Sunday morning weak-signal net, to give us better access to the more capable 2-meter stations. It was a good thing we did, too. It was difficult to make any contacts with people in Seattle because the Olympic mountains blocked our signal. Finally, we found that if everyone points at Mt Baker to the north, we could make a few contacts into Puget Sound.

Ocean Shores Airport, CN76wx29

Latitude, Longitude
46.998833, -124.144500
Map Location Near city of Ocean Shores, Grays Harbor County, WA, Altitude 0
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Last update: 2012-01-21
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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During the ARRL January VHF Contest, Rod WE7X and Barry K7BWH (ex.WA7KVC) activated the three coastal grids of CN76, CN77 and CN78. Our first stop was CN76 at the Ocean Shores municipal airport.

Skyline High School, CN87xo64

Latitude, Longitude
47.601000, -122.032833
Map Location Near city of Sammamish, King County, WA, Altitude 548
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Last update: 2012-01-15
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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It was a cold and snowy January day, but I simply had to try out a new M2 antenna before the VHF contest next week. So I parked on the nearest hilltop at Skyline High School. I've used this location before, so it makes a fair comparison. However, today I parked out in the open area of student parking on the north side. The weak-signal net had a light turnout, but I made three contacts: Kirkland (12mi), Monroe (CN97au, 21 mi) and Sunnyside (CN85rk, 150 mi).

Signal reports about the gain and directivity of the new 2M7 antenna revealed that it is clearly better than my Cushcraft 3-element beam that I've employed to date.

Long Beach, CN76xi41

Latitude, Longitude
46.340262, -124.046330
Map Location Near city of Long Beach, King County, WA, Altitude 50
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Last update: 2011-12-15
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

I want to find a location in CN76 that has (a) minimal driving time, (b) good propagation to a population center such as Portland or Seattle, (c) in the state of Washington. This only includes a thin sliver of land along Long Beach and Fort Canby State Park. I'm looking at:

Eatonville HS, CN86uu67

Latitude, Longitude
46.862544, -122.280297
Map Location Near city of Eatonville, Pierce County, WA, Altitude 810
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Last update: 2011-12-18
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Eatonville High School provides a convenient large parking lot in this shallow valley near Mt Rainier. This site was my backup plan after failing to find a route up to Electron Reservoir.

Although the location is surrounded by low hills, we had an excellent path into the greater Seattle area (50 miles) and a marginal path into Portland, Oregon (100 miles). There were lots of people on the weak-signal net this morning as we enter the christmas holiday season and I made six contacts.

Mt Walker, CN87ns18

Latitude, Longitude
47.785900, -122.901300
Map Location Near city of Quilcene, Jefferson County, WA, Altitude 2800
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Last update: 2012-05-01
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

If you're on the Olympic Peninsula, there is a great hilltop named Mt Walker. It is fairly good elevation at 2800' with a flattish table on top of a knife-edge ridge. There is parking and a great shot to the east and perhaps north. All of Puget Sound and Seattle is visible. The dirt road and gate might be closed for the winter, but it sure is fun in the summer. It should have less traffic and visitors than nearby Hurrican Ridge.

It's due west of Poulsbo, on the edge of Quilcene Bay. When driving southbound on Hwy 101 (aka the Olympic Highway) (and aka Pacific Coast Scenic Byway) turn left onto National Forest Road 2730 and follow the mountain road about 4.4 miles up to the peak.

Electron Resevoir, CN86vw20

Latitude, Longitude
46.920371, -122.232105
Map Location Near city of Electron, Pierce County, WA, Altitude 1540
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Last update: 2011-12-18
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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This name is simply too good to pass up! "Electron Resevoir" is a lake near the city of Electron, WA. And it is in CN86 which is a grid square that I need.

Unfortunately it looked like private property and the entrance was gated shut. I tried to visit on an early Sunday morning, Dec 18, 2011. The good news is that the road is nicely paved. The bad news is that it goes through the "Kapowsin Quarry" owned by Washington Rock Quarries. I drove to nearby Eatonville High School, instead.

But! The satellite maps show a possible alternate route on public roads. My lame GPS has really bad routes on forest roads. Next time, I will try this route.

Granite Falls HS, CN98ac10

Latitude, Longitude
48.087454, -121.985557
Map Location Near city of Granite Falls, Snohomish County, WA, Altitude 350
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Last update: 2011-11-20
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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This is a relatively easy drive from home in order to activate CN98. The whole CN98 grid square is rather mountainous, containing Mt Baker and Mt Pilchuck, along with the rugged Cascades that extend unbroken into British Columbia.

The high school parking lot is in the valley so don't expect long-range propagation. It has a good take-off angle to Seattle, the Everett repeaters are loud, and it's close to northwest Washington. I only made two contacts (Ray W7GLF Kirkland, Paul WA9BTV Camano Island) and barely heard the Portland stations a few times.

Mt Pilchuck and Green Mountain are nearby and much better locations for radio work. However, do not enter these mountains in winter without 4-wheel drive and appropriate gear. Otherwise you may have to back down steep glare-ice one-lane roads and pray your ABS is functional going backwards. Don't ask me how I know.

Woodridge Bellevue, CN87vo92

Latitude, Longitude
47.592783, -122.173330
Map Location Near city of Bellevue, King County, WA, Altitude 320
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Last update: 2011-10-02
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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This open and exposed rounded hilltop near downtown Bellevue has pretty good propogation to the south, west and east. The lat/long is in the east parking lot of Woodridge Elementary School, near the freeway interchange of I-90 and I-405.

Note that high-tension power lines run N-S along the edge of this site, and a water tower bristling with cellphone and microwave antennas is nearby. As it turns out, these did not interfere with 2-meter reception unless I pointed directly at the water tower.

This was fun to visit -- I went to school here for a few years until 1965 and now it's barely recognizable. The trees were smaller then and the school itself was much smaller.

Maryhill Microwave, CN95nq78

Latitude, Longitude
45.703508, -120.854831
Map Location Near city of Maryhill, Klickitat County, WA, Altitude 2050
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Last update: 2012-04-28
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Along Washington's southern border near Goldendale, the bluffs above the Columbia River offer good bare operating locations. One site in particular is a former AT&T microwave site among the Windy Flats (good name) wind farm, high above the crossing between Maryhill and Biggs Junction. This is a prime candidate for activating the WA side of CN95.

A hilltop site directly north of the Biggs Junction Columbia River Bridge on the WA side. It's an old AT&T microwave site on the bluff overlooking the river, with a great view to the south and east.

The facility itself is gated but a convenient parking pull-out is right there. The road has open public access to here but it is signposted "private" immediately beyond. This spot is surrounded by numerous wind generators and a cellphone tower is very close.

Quartz Mtn, CN97lb07

Latitude, Longitude
47.073892, -121.080029
Map Location Near city of Cle Elum, Kittatas County, WA, Altitude 6300
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Last update: 2014-04-30
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Quartz Mountain is a a 6,000' peak about 10 miles south of Cle Elum. It is reached from I-90 Exit 93 "Elk Heights Rd", relatively near Seattle. An excellent site, reached by about 29 miles of dirt roads, but you can probably drive your daily grocery-getter car to the top. There are considerable forest service roads which are usually in excellent condition.

Driving directions: I-90 Exit 93 "Elk Heights Rd"
- Forest service road 3300
- Forest service road 3100 but it may be washed out

You can also enter from Thorp and go up Taneum Creek.
- Look for Buck Meadows
- Follow FS 3120 and go to FS 3100
- It will take you to Quartz and Frost Mountains

Cle Elum Ridge, CN97lf85

Latitude, Longitude
47.232167, -121.012333
Map Location Near city of Cle Elum, Kittatas County, WA, Altitude 2580
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Last update: 2011-08-28
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Cle Elum Ridge is high above the city of Cle Elum an hour east of Seattle. This ridge is just north of the I-90 freeway. It is said to have a great eastern exposure for working HF contests and plenty of trees for supporting long wire and dipole antennas.

Does anyone know how to drive up to the north ridge? I tried several forest service roads from Roslyn and Ronald, to no avail. They were all gated or posted "no motor vehicles". I joined the weak signal net from a cul-de-sac in a newer housing development from Hwy 903, but VHF propagation was very poor. Apparently there is no direct signal path to anywhere; my best results to Kirkland were by reflecting off the south ridge. I did, however, contact KC7I in CN84 around Corvallis, OR, about 210 miles SW.

Not far away, on the south side of I-90, are Quartz Moutain and South Cle Elum Ridge, which offers some additional altitude. Better yet is Keechelus Ridge at 6,000'.

Lake Stevens HS, CN88xa05

Latitude, Longitude
48.022000, -122.078333
Map Location Near city of Lake Stevens, Snohomish County, WA, Altitude 400
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Last update: 2011-08-21
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Lake Stevens High School is built on the top of a hill just north of a nice recreational lake. The large school parking area provides open view in all directions, especially south. Includes a porta-potty.

For the first time I made contacts in Portland and other Oregon cities.

Squak Mtn, CN87xm40

Latitude, Longitude
47.503982, -122.047420
Map Location Near city of Issaquah, King County, WA, Altitude 2000
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Last update: 2011-05-01
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Squak Mountain is the middle of the chain of Cougar - Squak - Tiger mountain range marching east from Bellevue. These are wonderfully tall peaks visible for many miles around.

This might be primitive forested national park area. Although google maps shows roads, I suspect it is accessible only by 4-wheel drive vehicles. Local reports say it's usually gated 100 yards in, and a really nice hike to the top in summer.

CN86-87-96-97, CN97aa00

Latitude, Longitude
47.000000, -122.000000
Map Location Near city of Carbonado, Lewis County, WA, Altitude 1600
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Last update: 2011-10-01
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

I wonder if there are enough roads in this remote area near Mt Rainier to support grid square circling?

One report shows hams camped on Poch Peak south of Carbonado for the June 2004 VHF contest.

Badger Mt, CN97vo90

Latitude, Longitude
47.584920, -120.173010
Map Location Near city of Wenatchee, Douglas County, WA, Altitude 3500
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2011-06-02
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Recommended by a ham in Wenatchee. The ski hill top is located at an elevation of 3,500 feet about 700 feet down from the top of Badger Mtn on the east slope, so there's no VHF path to the west with all of Seattle's VHF activity. But it's easy to reach from Wenatchee and has good path to Spokane and Coeur d'Alene.

However, it's not the best location: It has no path to the West because it's at approximately 3,500', which is about 1,000' down from the Badger Mtn summit facing East. (There's no place to set up and operate from the top of Badger.) Also, there's a ridge line from ESE that connects into the mountain on over to the NW. That position does work well into the Spokane area, however. But there's very little VHF activity in the generally eastward direction unless there's rover activity.

Lion Rock/Table Mtn, CN97rg00

Latitude, Longitude
47.250800, -120.577550
Map Location Near city of Ellensburg, Kittatas County, WA, Altitude 6200
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2006-09-16
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN97
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

This is a popular astronomy site, and even has a webpage! There is a paved road up most of the mountain. It is single lane with frequent pull-offs and is frequently navigated by RVs and motor homes. There are three good operating locations in this area.

  • Table Mountain: N47.250833 W120.57755, CN97rg, 6200'
    To get to this location, drive to the "T" at the top of the road. Go left about 1/4 mile and look for a grove of evergreens to the south. There is a road going to this location and lots of room. This location gives you an excellent exposure to the south and east and an OK exposure to the west. Unfortunately Lion Rock is to the west and blocks the path.
  • Lion Rock: N47.25241667 W120.58565, CN97qg, 6300'
    To get to Lion Rock, go past the Table Mountain Location and follow the Lion Rock signs. The road has recently been improved, but is still rough with a lot of sharp rocks. The operating location has an excellent exposure in all directions. It is a popular camping site, so you may have company.
  • Table Mt. Road: N47.2355667 W120.5659833, CN97rf
    Lynn spotted this location during the September VHF contest. It is about two miles south of the "T" on the road up the hill and at 5950' is only about 250' below the Table Mountain location. It has an excellent exposure to the west.

Driving directions: See the list above. The road gets a bit steep in places, but should be no problem.
- Coming down can be another story, especially if you are in a heavy rig.
- The road has a lot of switchbacks, so you have to use your brakes or engine braking to control your speed.
- Frequent stops are necessary to allow your brakes to cool.

I-90 Rye Grass, CN96vw73

Latitude, Longitude
46.932975, -120.185709
Map Location Near city of Vantage, Kittatas County, WA, Altitude 2500
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Last update: 2011-09-16
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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A small rest stop along I-90 in a lovely wind swept area with rest rooms, wifi and a view. On a clear day, Mt Rainier (CN96dv) can be seen 70 miles away due west through a gap in the hills.

There are rest stops on both the east and westbound lanes. The site at the eastbound rest stop is slightly higher. Per WE7X, the best operating location is the Highway Department borrow pit between the east and westbound lanes at the very summit. There is lots of space and no curious onlookers.

A better candidate is probably a few miles north in among the wind farm, or at Whiskey Dick Mountain, CN97va36.

Be aware it's a popular and busy area, so you may be interrupted with comments and questions. Recommended to have signage to inform passersby and avoid alarming anyone.

Roosevelt, CN95vr47

Latitude, Longitude
45.738500, -120.212833
Map Location Near city of Roosevelt, Skamania County, WA, Altitude 280
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2011-08-06
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Very poor radio propagation in all directions.

My hope was to shoot east along the river into the Tri-Cities from the far side of the CN95 - DN05 grid line border. And I was hoping some sort of signal path to Portland could be made, but to no avail. You really need explore the nearby bluffs for altitude and good takeoff angles.

Roosevelt is on the Washington side of the river. There is a lovely green park nearby, a favorite spot for sailboard and kite surfers on the constantly windy river gorge.

Bonneville Dam, CN95ap76

Latitude, Longitude
45.651167, -121.939670
Map Location Near city of North Bonneville, Skamania County, WA, Altitude 60
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2011-08-06
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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A very scenic location with very poor radio propagation and considerable noise from power lines.

This location is at the CN85 - CN95 grid line. I hoped to reach Portland using the Columbia River gorge valley, but no contacts were made.

However, the consolation prize is to watch osprey and turkey vultures fishing for salmon in the outflow. This is an incredible spot for bird watching.

Beacon Rock, CN85xp71

Latitude, Longitude
45.631167, -122.021833
Map Location Near city of Skamania, Skamania County, WA, Altitude 500
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2011-08-06
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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A national park picnic area with some altitude (500 feet) and fair propagation into Portland on 432 MHz.

I made an easy FM simplex contact into the Portland area.

This park requires a Discover Pass which you can buy on the spot using a drop box. A ranger came through to check, and offered to help me upgrade it from a day pass ($10) to a year pass ($30). Later, I wished I had taken her offer, since I visited Steptoe Butte and needed to have a pass there.

Kalama Gridline, CN86na80

Latitude, Longitude
46.000100, -122.847500
Map Location Near city of Kalama, Cowlitz County, WA, Altitude 36
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2011-08-05
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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This is a good operating location for reaching Portland from the north side of the CN86-CN85 grid border. I made several unscheduled contacts on both 144.210 and 432.100 USB and CW.

This is along I-5 on the Washington side of the Columbia River, where you can watch lots of recreational boats, big river barges and railroad traffic. See also Kalama Gridline CN85.

There is a park and playground just north of the grid line. The park has clean restrooms.

Kalama Gridline, CN85nx89

Latitude, Longitude
45.999900, -122.847500
Map Location Near city of Kalama, Cowlitz County, WA, Altitude 36
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2011-08-05
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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This is a good operating location for reaching Portland from the south side of the CN86-CN85 grid border.

This is along I-5 on the Washington side of the Columbia River, where you can watch lots of recreational boats, big river barges and railroad traffic. See also Kalama Gridline CN86.

There is a park and playground just north of the grid line. The park has clean restrooms.

Kalama Ridge, CN86na93

Latitude, Longitude
46.015300, -122.834200
Map Location Near city of Kalama, Cowlitz County, WA, Altitude 700
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-01-29
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN86
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

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This site has excellent north-south coverage on all bands. There are several possible operating locations. This is filling up with homes over the last few years, and so will be available for a limited time.

Driving directions: - I-5 exit 30, merge onto W Frontage Rd
- W Frontage Rd turns left and becomes Elm St
- Go up hill on Elm street to "T"
- Left onto N 4th St
- Take second right onto Geranium Street
- Geranium St turns left and becomes Taylor Rd
- Up hill and turn left onto Horizon Drive
- Take the first left onto "Eli Avery Ave" to cul de sac

Skyline High School, CN87xo53

Latitude, Longitude
47.599052, -122.035017
Map Location Near city of Sammamish, King County, WA, Altitude 548
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2011-03-06
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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I parked at Skyline High School in the city of Sammamish, with an open view in most directions. I checked into the PNW Weak Signal Net on the regular Sunday morning schedule at 8am. Made three contacts: Kirkland (12mi), Monroe (CN97au, 21 mi) and Woodinville (CN87ws, 15 mi).

Here are notes and to-do list of the visit:

  • It worked very well to have an antenna switch to easily compare the 2m beam with the two little mag mount whip antennas.
  • Figure out ergonomic mounting of FT-480R radio on passenger seat. The front panel needs be tilted up, and the radio was precariously balanced.
  • Find a better antenna mast mount then the driver's window.
  • Measure radio current draw; estimate car battery life.
  • Fix powerpole connectors, they were prone to intermittent connection.
  • Always sign as "portable" so that people won't steer their beam to the wrong (home) location.
  • If you sign as "mobile" then Net Control assumes you are moving and puts you first in net rotation. You should say "portable" if you're parked and stationary.
  • Get QRZ.com databse on the laptop to look up antenna bearings.
  • Buy one more antenna switch so it can be dedicated to portable use.

Cougar Mtn Park, CN87wm68

Latitude, Longitude
47.533355, -122.113587
Map Location Near city of Bellevue, King County, WA, Altitude 1600
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2011-03-13
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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I parked at the old anti-aircraft site on the peak of Cougar Mountain, a part of the city of Bellevue. In 45 minutes of trying, no contacts were made on SSB and the regular weak-sign net was not heard. As far as I can tell, everyone (wisely) slept in this morning as a result of advancing the clocks today for Daylight Savings Time.

But my time was not wasted. I tested the SWR using a "new" VHF swr meter purchased at the Puyallup hamfest yesterday. The Cushcraft 3-element beam measured 10:1 while the 5/8 magmount whip measured 1.2:1. This would explain why I can hear people better than they can hear me. Now I know what to work on next!

Here are notes of the visit:

  • Park gates are apparently open 24-hours, even though the sign said 8am to dusk.
  • Ranger house is occupied full time.
  • A nice ranger guy came over to ask what I had going on, under the pretext of emptying the garbage can next to my car.
  • Ranger suggested hiking from the parking lot a very short distance west to the "Million Dollar Overlook" for direct line-of-sight communication.
  • Curiously, the peak is in a cellphone radio hole. Almost no signal strength.
  • Simplex contacts on FM had very poor coverage in the nearby valley or flatlands. But I had good signal into Shoreline area of Seattle.

My white PVC antenna mast leaves room for improvement:

  1. It is raining heavily outside
  2. Water runs downhill
  3. My car window is open
  4. I'm holding a plastic water pipe vertically up through the open driver's window
  5. Water runs down the outside of a water pipe as easily as the inside
  6. Water sticks to a pipe until it's diverted
  7. I'm holding a plastic water pipe

Skyline High School, CN87xo53

Latitude, Longitude
47.599052, -122.035017
Map Location Near city of Sammamish, King County, WA, Altitude 548
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2011-03-20
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Finally, a very successful trip to a nearby hilltop. The transmitter strength was excellent and several people had no problem hearing me.

My antenna tuning yesterday was very helpful. The 3-element beam was very sensitive to the exact adjustment to the gamma match. The final placement for 144.240 MHz was 54mm (2-1/8 inch).

Rod WE7X joined me in the parking lot and setup his 3-watt 817 transceiver, battery, tripod, 2m 3-elt beam. He could receive well but others could barely hear him. Perhaps his equipment needs adjustment, or possibly the nearby cyclone fence was affecting performance.

Things for my checklist:

  • No bathrooms on most hilltops. Esp along a busy road by a popular high school. Don't load up at Starbucks along the way.
  • Tune gamma match for maximum forward power. This may or may not coincide with minimum SWR.
  • My transmitter's power output (Yaesu FT-480R) is very sensitive to antennu tuning. It varies from 5w to 15w across small adjustments of gamma match.
  • My transmitter's frequency display reads too low by 400 Hz. For example, the proper dial readout is 144.240.4.
  • Get a magnetic door sign to look official. Rod WE7X suggests "Amateur Radio Bear Tracking".
  • It would sure be nice to have callsign lookup available.

Pine Lake Estates, CN87xn49

Latitude, Longitude
47.580694, -122.043798
Map Location Near city of Sammamish, King County, WA, Altitude 475
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2011-04-03
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Dist from coffee pot: 60 feet W

I wonder how things sound from my driveway? The results are in: Things sound not quite as good as other places; I made a marginal contact to Stanwood and I was not heard in Portland. Today's propagation was fluctuating and Portland stations briefly rose above the noise floor but not enough to complete a contact.

Interestingly, another local station coming in weakly was using vertical polarization so I swiveled my beam from horizontal to vertical but got no improvement. However, conventional wisdom suggests a large improvement, 30 dB, can be obtained by matching receive and transmit polarization. It didn't do much for me, so perhaps the signal rotates through the path, or my beam was too close to the car and other objects.

I want to try this location again with my new roof-mounted beam and see what happens. Also I'm still having trouble with my cheapo mast stand on anything but level pavement. Note to self: build a drive-on mast stand base.

Mirrormont, CN97al01

Latitude, Longitude
47.464054, -121.999676
Map Location Near city of Mirrormont, King County, WA, Altitude 780
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2011-07-24
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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On the south side of Tiger Mt is a nice hill with good exposure. The country club parking area by the tennis courts are the extreme edge of CN97. The grid square CN87-CN97 dividing line runs N-S between the two courts.

For my first time ever I had solid contact in Portland, Oregon (K7SMA, KC7I). This residential area is loaded with tall trees and a warm southern exposure toward Mt Rainier. I met Kathy a neighbor of my good friend WE7X, and Linda a local pea patch gardener.

Highland Drive, CN97an10

Latitude, Longitude
47.545660, -121.989583
Map Location Near city of Issaquah, King County, WA, Altitude 980
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2011-03-27
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Highland Drive 1 Highland Drive 2 Highland Drive 3 Highland Drive 4

My goal this trip is to get out of CN87. It so happens the border with CN97 is about two miles east. What can we find nearby?

I think I found the highest public roadway on the Sammamish Plateau at 1,022 feet (317m) among the new million-dollar homes above Highland Drive. It has a stunning panorama of Mt Baker to the north and Mt Rainier on the south. At least, it would when it's not raining and dripping everywhere.

I made five contacts including some new hams, all with good reports in the region. I heard some stations in Portland but they were buried in the noise floor and they could not copy me. Net Control said the conditions were quite bad, so I was pleased to hear Portland at all.

The eastward path was dead. Nobody could hear from Spokane at all. But I had some trees and a bit more hill behind me to the east, so I wasn't expecting anything that direction.

More things for my checklist:

  • Use the iPhone's Compass app to find magnetic North.
  • My lamppost tripod is unreliable on the slightest slope away from horizontal. Worse yet, it's round and rolls easily given the slightest chance.
  • Look into building a mast platform that goes under the front wheel.
  • It's nice to run coax through the door jamb instead of the window. Then I can close the window completely and stay warm and dry. Maybe. A drip loop is required or else the water follows the coax inside.
  • There is a PNW VHF S spreadsheet online as a Google doc. It provides a useful summary of the usual suspects:
    http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=0AohgbnNuj9MscDRQdkRhRGNSazFwX0thYnpzV29lRkE&gid=0
  • I met G4AMD/7 on the air and we had a great chat about VHF propagation. There are a lot of interesting things that can happen to VHF / UHF signals, and there is a lot of fun stuff to learn.

Mission Peak, CN97sg69

Latitude, Longitude
47.287648, -120.445594
Map Location Near city of Wenatchee, Chelan County, WA, Altitude 5500
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Last update: 2012-01-17
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

You can drive almost to the summit of Mission Peak. Surely there is some spot along the ridge near the top that has good propagation east and west.

Smith Creek Viewpoint, CN86wg50

Latitude, Longitude
46.252708, -122.118626
Map Location Near city of Randle, Skamania County, WA, Altitude 4210
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Last update: 2020-09-05
Comments by: Lora KI7WPG

Smith Creek Viewpoint 1 Smith Creek Viewpoint 2 Smith Creek Viewpoint 3

Smith Creek Picnic/Viewpoint is a scenic overlook on the SE side of Spirit Lake alongside Mt St Helens, in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It's close to the Windy Ridge location and worth stopping for pictures.

With a large parking lot and vault toilet, this is a wonderful place for a picnic, as the name says.

Driving directions: Approach from Randle to the north, or Cougar from the south.
NF-99 is closed during the winter.

Restrictions: A recreation pass may be needed.

Mt Hood Lodge Rd, CN95dh46

Latitude, Longitude
45.319161, -121.710080
Map Location Near city of Government Camp, Hood River County, OR, Altitude 5226
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Last update: 2021-08-08
Comments by: Mark N7NWP

This road goes up to the Lodge at the base of the mountain. There are pull outs along this paved road and parking on top by the lodge. The horizon is open and great to the E- W- S but tough going N through Mt Hood which rises to 11,260'.

Pelican Butte, CN82wm23

Latitude, Longitude
42.513388, -122.144565
Map Location Near city of Rocky Point, Klamath County, OR, Altitude 8042
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Last update: 2021-08-01
Comments by: Matt KC7OOY

Pelican Butte 1 Pelican Butte 2 Pelican Butte 3 Pelican Butte 4 Pelican Butte 5 Pelican Butte 6 Pelican Butte 7

Old fire lookout site on top of an 8000' peak. Amazing views without the smoke, and great takeoff from all directions. It's a great feeling being the one of the highest peaks in the area. Matt KC7OOY worked 320 miles to Mt. Diablo on 2m FM.

Well worth the drive from Hwy 140 if you have time.

Driving directions: From Highway 140 turn north onto NF-3651 towards Cold Spring trailhead.
Drive approx 10 miles, then right at the sign to Pelican butte.
Road ends a little past the turn, at Cold Springs trailhead.
Then about 4 slow miles to the top.

Good gravel road until you turn off for the last 4 miles. From there is it pretty rocky and slow with frequent switchbacks. A 2wd pickup or small SUV should be okay as long as you pay attention and avoid rocks in the road.

Restrictions: Be prepared for mosquitos.
Be prepared for snow drifts as late as July and for cold nights, even in the summer.
Area is closed in the winter, and access via snow machine only. Be prepared for cold and windy weather.

Watchman Overlook, CN82vw96

Latitude, Longitude
42.945486, -122.169444
Map Location Near city of Fort Klamath, Klamath County, OR, Altitude 7800
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Last update: 2021-07-16
Comments by: Everett W6ABM

Spencer Butte Trailhead, CN83kx75

Latitude, Longitude
43.980381, -123.102061
Map Location Near city of Eugene, Lane County, OR, Altitude 1300
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Last update: 2021-01-17
Comments by: Matt KC7OOY

Spencer Butte is a nice peak for VHF, but the closest you can drive is the Trailhead parking lot. There's a decent takeoff NW to N, but being right on the hill there's no other viable direction.

Hale Ridge, CN95xg93

Latitude, Longitude
45.265493, -120.000020
Map Location Near city of Condon, Morrow County, OR, Altitude 2700
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Last update: 2020-10-11
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Here's another spot on the CN95-DN05 grid line with an open horizon. Scouting is needed.

CN95-DN05, CN95xb99

Latitude, Longitude
45.081669, -120.000020
Map Location Near city of Fossil, Gilliam County, OR, Altitude 4200
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2020-10-11
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

This is a remote spot on the CN95-DN05 grid line with some altitude and open horizon with no trees. Scouting is needed.

Oxhead Ridge, CN95xa94

Latitude, Longitude
45.017044, -120.000155
Map Location Near city of Fossil, Wheeler County, OR, Altitude 4600
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Last update: 2020-10-11
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Oxhead Ridge is right on the CN95-DN05 grid line with good altitude and open horizon to the W-N-E. Some scouting is needed to see if you can drive a few hundred yards south to the highest point at 4800' for the completely open horizon.

Agency Hill, CN92ap73

Latitude, Longitude
42.639490, -121.935910
Map Location Near city of Chiloquin, Klamath County, OR, Altitude 5035
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2015-09-07
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Agency Hill 1 Agency Hill 2 Agency Hill 3 Agency Hill 4 Agency Hill 5 Agency Hill 6 Agency Hill 7 Agency Hill 8

Agency Hill once hosted a lookout tower, which has long since been cleaned off. This ridge boasts an excellent view in all directions. However, there are cellphone and repeater transmitters up here, too. It is not far from CN82 to the west.

Grass Valley Cemetery, CN95oj41

Latitude, Longitude
45.380880, -120.792410
Map Location Near city of Grass Valley, Sherman County, OR, Altitude 2425
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Last update: 2015-09-07
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Grass Valley Cemetery 1 Grass Valley Cemetery 2 Grass Valley Cemetery 3 Grass Valley Cemetery 4 Grass Valley Cemetery 5 Grass Valley Cemetery 6

Grass Valley Cemetery is not in a valley at all. This is a high point with quick access from Hwy 97. It's south of Goldendale and north of Madras and Bend, OR.

The Knoll, CN75xa93

Latitude, Longitude
45.014600, -124.004070
Map Location Near city of Lincoln City, Lincoln County, OR, Altitude 300
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Last update: 2015-06-09
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

The Knoll 1 The Knoll 2 The Knoll 3 The Knoll 4 The Knoll 5 The Knoll 6

"The Knoll Open Space" offers hiking access to a very promising hilltop. This is higher than almost everything else in the miserable sliver of dry land in CN75. This would be a great spot for portable operation but you'll have to hike everything up to the top.

The Knoll is a hilltop purchased by Lincoln City in December 2014 from a developer in distress. It will eventually be developed into a park with foot trails, but as of June 2015 is gated off to traffic and is overgrown.

Driving directions: The turnoff is opposite the entrance to Roads End State Park.

Restrictions: No parking, so arrange for someone to drop you off with your equipment and then park a half mile down the hill at sea level. Trailhead is among expensive homes with an active neighborhood watch.

Taft Cemetery, CN74xw74

Latitude, Longitude
44.935870, -124.023220
Map Location Near city of Lincoln City, Lincoln County, OR, Altitude 134
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Last update: 2015-06-09
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Taft Cemetery 1 Taft Cemetery 2 Taft Cemetery 3 Taft Cemetery 4 Taft Cemetery 5 Taft Cemetery 6

This is a local and secluded high spot in the middle of Lincoln City along Hwy 101. It offers spectacular views of the ocean and coastline, with a tantalizing chance to get signals over some of the coastal mountains.

Driving directions: On a blind corner on Hwy 101, turn into the driveway across from the sign for "Inn At Spanish Head".

Restrictions: Hours of operation: Summer 8am - 7pm, Winter 8am - 5pm.
For cemetery information or questions call 541-921-8468.

Kenyon Mtn, CN83ca60

Latitude, Longitude
43.002136, -123.779354
Map Location Near city of Roseburg, Coos County, OR, Altitude 3000
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2015-04-13
Comments by: Phil KD7ZD

Kenyon Mtn 1 Kenyon Mtn 2 Kenyon Mtn 3 Kenyon Mtn 4

Kenyon Mountain is also called Signal Tree. Photos by Phil KD7ZD in the Spring Sprint for 220 MHz on April 13, 2015.

Shaniko, CN95na96

Latitude, Longitude
45.025860, -120.837020
Map Location Near city of Maupin, Marion County, OR, Altitude 3650
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-04-07
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Shaniko 1 Shaniko 2 Shaniko 3 Shaniko 4 Shaniko 5 Shaniko 6 Shaniko 7 Shaniko 8

Hwy 97 passes through the city of Shaniko, a local high point for many miles around. The views are stupendous. This is a great place to pull off and find a place to operate. Rod WE7X and I visited the radio compound and got excellent signals into Portland and Seattle. This is gated so you do need to know someone to get in; however there is lots of open range around too.

Driving directions: Take Hwy 97. Find a spot somewhere south of Shaniko.

Restrictions: The radio complex is gated.

Long Butte, CN94ie61

Latitude, Longitude
44.173450, -121.277790
Map Location Near city of Bend, Deschutes County, OR, Altitude 3550
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Last update: 2014-04-05
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Long Butte 1 Long Butte 2 Long Butte 3 Long Butte 4 Long Butte 5 Long Butte 6

Long Butte is a convenient stop from Hwy 97 between Bend and Redmond. We had the best paths into Portland and Seattle from here, largely because it's closer to the metro centers than points further south.

The modest altitude made this spot more accessible and comfortable in winter weather than the mountain peaks in April 2014. At night there are wonderful views of Bend's city lights in the distance to the south.

There are several antenna structures. The large frame construction at the highest point has some dishes and several cellphone arrays; it didn't bother us on the air. The nearby small ham repeater had some interference on 2m but it was infrequent.

Driving directions: Best approach to Long Butte is along Limestone Ave. Other routes have poor or undeveloped roads. Although the area is fully developed for residential use, there is plenty of tree cover for a reasonably secluded spot to camp.

Hampton Butte, CN93us65

Latitude, Longitude
43.770850, -120.281970
Map Location Near city of Bend, Deschutes County, OR, Altitude 6060
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Last update: 2014-04-04
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Hampton Butte 1 Hampton Butte 2 Hampton Butte 3 Hampton Butte 4 Hampton Butte 5 Hampton Butte 6 Hampton Butte 7 Hampton Butte 8

Hampton Butte rises high above the valley plain, just north of Hwy 20 and the so-called city of Hampton (it's a wide spot with gas station), about 50 miles east of Bend.

Driving directions: From Bend, go east on Hwy 20.
- A few miles before you reach Hampton, turn north on Lizard Creek Road.
- Keep right at the wye, staying on Lizard Creek as it climbs the hill.
- Follow road to the top. No water or facilities.
- We camped on the last shoulder before the top.

Restrictions: Stay on road as it passes through private ranch land. The road is unmaintained in winter.

China Hat, CN93lq53

Latitude, Longitude
43.682026, -121.033902
Map Location Near city of Bend, Deschutes County, OR, Altitude 6000
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Last update: 2014-04-04
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

China Hat 1 China Hat 2 China Hat 3 China Hat 4 China Hat 5 China Hat 6

China Hat is a 6000' conehead peak east of Bend, Oregon. Rod WE7X and I tried to reach this in April 2014 but were turned back by snow and seasonal road closure.

Also nearby is another spot worth trying, the East Butte Lookout.

Restrictions: Closed in winter.

Gilchrist Butte, CN93dl91

Latitude, Longitude
43.462680, -121.668130
Map Location Near city of Gilchrist, Klamath County, OR, Altitude 5220
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Last update: 2014-04-03
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Gilchrist Butte 1 Gilchrist Butte 2 Gilchrist Butte 3 Gilchrist Butte 4 Gilchrist Butte 5 Gilchrist Butte 6 Gilchrist Butte 7

Gilchrist Butte is a local high point near Crescent City and Gilchrist. Although it's near Hwy 97, it takes 45 minutes or more to reach on very rough logging roads.

With lots of trees and transmitters at the top, I wouldn't call it a good operating location.

Restrictions: No good roads; unmaintained logging roads are narrow, steep, sandy and deeply rutted. It requires a good 4WD vehicle with plenty of ground clearance.

Upper Klamath Ridge, CN92cj24

Latitude, Longitude
42.395382, -121.809434
Map Location Near city of Klamath Falls, Klamath County, OR, Altitude 5120
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-04-02
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Upper Klamath Ridge 1 Upper Klamath Ridge 2 Upper Klamath Ridge 3 Upper Klamath Ridge 4 Upper Klamath Ridge 5 Upper Klamath Ridge 6

This is a 1500' ridge above the huge Upper Klamath Lake basin with good gravel roads in the Fremont-Winema National Forests. I used a spot just past the cattle guard but many possible sites could be used. The ridge rises gradually to the north so you may want to continue that direction to find better propagation to Portland and Seattle.

There is a nice rest area, Hagelstein Park, at the turnoff from Hwy 97.

Restrictions: Watch for active logging operations.

Siskiyou Plains, CN82va13

Latitude, Longitude
42.015460, -122.234520
Map Location Near city of Klamath Falls, Klamath County, OR, Altitude 3520
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-04-01
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Siskiyou Plains 1 Siskiyou Plains 2 Siskiyou Plains 3 Siskiyou Plains 4 Siskiyou Plains 5

This is the high plains area among the Siskiyou mountain range. The hills are distant and potential camping areas are abundant. I chose this area as a compromise for sheltered winter camping and the better-but-much-more-exposed nearby Hamaker Mtn.

Driving directions: Turn south somewhere on Hwy 66 between I-5 and Klamath Falls.

Restrictions: Gate from Hwy 66 is locked during winter when the roads are wet and mushy. It was open this year on April 1st but usually stays shut until May.

Soda Mtn, CN82sc11

Latitude, Longitude
42.091050, -122.490270
Map Location Near city of Klamath Falls, Jackson County, OR, Altitude 5000
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-03-31
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Soda Mtn 1 Soda Mtn 2 Soda Mtn 3 Soda Mtn 4

Soda Mountain provides a 5000' ridge line in the Siskiyou range with several possible pull-off and camping sites. It is just south of Hwy 66 (between Ashland and Klamath Falls) near the OR-CA borderand. The peak is about 20 miles on good gravel roads from the highway.

I stoppped at a relatively sheltered horse camp with good views to the northwest, but you can continue up further to the peak. Check the maps; I don't know if roads actually reach the very top.

Restrictions: Road not maintained in winter months. Low clearance vehicles not recommended.
In April 2014 it was too soggy to camp.

Stukel Mtn, CN92ec34

Latitude, Longitude
42.100666, -121.634951
Map Location Near city of Klamath Falls, Klamath County, OR, Altitude 6200
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-04-18
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Stukel Mtn is a 6200' peak a few miles southeast of Klamath Falls basin. The road is said to be paved to the top. The ridge has several towers and active ham repeaters.

Driving access is from due east of the peak.

Round Butte, CN94jo16

Latitude, Longitude
44.610699, -121.238403
Map Location Near city of Madras, Jefferson County, OR, Altitude 3271
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-02-26
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN94
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Round Butte 1

An easy all pavement drive up with no RFI issues nearby and public access. There would be a good amount of traffic up there on a summer weekend, but plenty of places to park off the road and set up.

Driving directions:

From the south end of Madras, take SW J Street east - it will turn into SW Belmont Lane. For pavement all the way to the summit, turn left after 7.1 miles onto SW Mountainview Dr. Ignore signs after this for Round Butte Park - that's not the summit. After 1.5 miles the road will turn to the left - continue for 1.1 miles to turn left onto SW Round Butte Dr. Continue to the north 1.6 miles to the summit.

There's a unmarked and unnamed but shorter dirt/gravel road suitable for passenger vehicles that joins Belmont about 0.8 miles before Mountainview and connects to the narrow summit track.

King Mountain, CN82jq26

Latitude, Longitude
42.693161, -123.229684
Map Location Near city of Grants Pass, Josephine County, OR, Altitude 6000
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-02-11
Comments by: Etienne K7ATN

King Mtn is a high point near I-5 and Wolf Creek, less than 20 miles north of Grants Pass.

King Mtn lies on a triple-county border between Josephine, Jackson and Douglas counties.

The YouTube video from the 2013 Seven-Area QSO Party includes video of panoramas and tower-raising.

Iron Mtn, CN72wq27

Latitude, Longitude
42.696063, -124.144249
Map Location Near city of Brookings, Curry County, OR, Altitude 4000
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2015-05-28
Comments by: Phil KZ7ZD

Iron Mtn 1 Iron Mtn 2 Iron Mtn 3 Iron Mtn 4 Iron Mtn 5

LL Stub Stewart, CN85jr78

Latitude, Longitude
45.741944, -123.186111
Map Location Near city of Manning, Washington County, OR, Altitude 1140
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-01-20
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

LL Stub Stewart 1 LL Stub Stewart 2 LL Stub Stewart 3 LL Stub Stewart 4 LL Stub Stewart 5 LL Stub Stewart 6

LL Stub Stewart State Park is a clean modern campground and recreation area with an extensive trail system and recreation opportunities on a hilltop. There are cabins, campsites, RV sites and horse-trailer parking in areas below the top of the hill.

The day-use picnic area on top has good exposure in all directions except NNE.

Liberty Inn, CN75xa90

Latitude, Longitude
45.001466, -124.003640
Map Location Near city of Lincoln City, Lincoln County, OR, Altitude 100
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-01-19
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Liberty Inn 1 Liberty Inn 2 Liberty Inn 3 Liberty Inn 4 Liberty Inn 5 Liberty Inn 6

Liberty Inn at Lincoln City is a nice hotel on the CN75 side of the grid corner. Rooms on the top floor have a nice view of the ocean. Liberty Inn is entirely in CN75; the grid line is at the Inn's south fence.

It's on a hillside with propagation as good as you'll find anywhere in CN75. We had strong signals into the Portland area and contacted the major stations in Seattle from the back corner of their parking lot.

Driving directions: From Hwy 101, turn north on Logan Road. Drive 1/4 mile.

Goodwill Parking Lot, CN74xx99

Latitude, Longitude
44.997500, -124.005278
Map Location Near city of Lincoln City, Lincoln County, OR, Altitude 100
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-01-17
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Goodwill Parking Lot 1 Goodwill Parking Lot 2 Goodwill Parking Lot 3

The Goodwill parking lot is the northeast corner of CN74 along Hwy 101.
This is a good stop for grid-circling using:

  1. Liberty Inn, CN75
  2. Goodwill, CN74
  3. Hwy 101, CN84
  4. Post Office on Hwy 101, CN85

This parking lot is in a strip mall with restaurants and other shops.

D River Beach, CN74xx72

Latitude, Longitude
44.967222, -124.017778
Map Location Near city of Lincoln City, Lincoln County, OR, Altitude 10
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-01-17
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

D River Beach 1 D River Beach 2 D River Beach 3 D River Beach 4

D River State Recreation Site is in downtown Lincoln City with a small parking area on the beach.

This is in the NE corner of CN74. If you're grid-circling then try the Goodwill parking lot instead which has easier driving access to the grid corner.

Restrictions: No services but you're surrounded by Lincoln City.

South Beach, CN74xo24

Latitude, Longitude
44.600833, -124.065278
Map Location Near city of Newport, Lincoln County, OR, Altitude 10
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-01-19
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

South Beach 1 South Beach 2 South Beach 3 South Beach 4

South Beach State Park is close to Newport and offers a huge parking area, restroom, beach access and is well removed from any hills. This was our best operating spot during the January 2014 VHF contest.

Seal Rock, CN74xl09

Latitude, Longitude
44.497222, -124.083056
Map Location Near city of Newport, Lincoln County, OR, Altitude 10
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-01-17
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Seal Rock 1 Seal Rock 2 Seal Rock 3 Seal Rock 4

South Beach State Park is another convenient area along Hwy 101 with restrooms and beach access.

The entire coastline from Newport south to Waldport is relatively far from the coastal hills, and should offer decent propagation. My preference is South Beach (8.2 miles north) but this would probably work as well.

Restrictions: No camping.

Oregon Dunes KOA, CN73vm30

Latitude, Longitude
43.501727, -124.220138
Map Location Near city of Coos Bay, Coos County, OR, Altitude 50
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-01-19
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Oregon Dunes KOA 1 Oregon Dunes KOA 2 Oregon Dunes KOA 3

The Oregon Dunes KOA kampground is in the flat coastal area of the 40-mile Oregon Dunes area. The kabins are an excellent setup for VHF operation with power, lights, picnic table, fire pit and you can park alongside the kabin itself.

This spot should have good propagation in all directions. However, we didn't make very many contacts in the January 2014 contest. I suspect it was just a slow time of activity.

Restrictions: Observe all KOA guidelines including quiet times.
Popular destination resort for all-terrain vehicles is open year-round. Plan ahead for reservations.

Coast Guard Hill, CN72rr87

Latitude, Longitude
42.739167, -124.510833
Map Location Near city of Port Orford, Curry County, OR, Altitude 312
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-01-18
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Coast Guard Hill 1 Coast Guard Hill 2 Coast Guard Hill 3 Coast Guard Hill 4 Coast Guard Hill 5 Coast Guard Hill 6 Coast Guard Hill 7

This delightful knob in the city of Port Orford provides good altitude above average terrain. The locals know it as Coast Guard Hill. From here you can hike down to the cliffs and beach of Port Orford Heads State Park.

The Lifeboat Museam is here, too. On nearby King St along the ridge are spectacular views. At the base of the hill is the cute Timeworn Treasures shop.

Driving directions: From Hwy 101 turn west on 9th Street. Turn onto Coast Guard Hill Road.

Restrictions: Day use only. No services.

Driftwood State Park, CN74xl01

Latitude, Longitude
44.464444, -124.080278
Map Location Near city of Waldport, Lincoln County, OR, Altitude 10
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-01-17
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Driftwood State Park 1 Driftwood State Park 2 Driftwood State Park 3 Driftwood State Park 4

Driftwood State Park is a few miles south of Seal Rock and provides a handy open parking area near the beach. It has low trees and is well removed from nearby hills for a decent chance at decent propagation.

Tokatee Klootchman, CN74we69

Latitude, Longitude
44.208333, -124.114722
Map Location Near city of Florence, Lane County, OR, Altitude 50
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-01-17
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Tokatee Klootchman 1 Tokatee Klootchman 2 Tokatee Klootchman 3 Tokatee Klootchman 4

Tokatee Klootchman provides a small parking area with spectacular ocean views.
Propagation is very limited due to steep nearby hillsides.

Driving directions: The park is 16 miles (26 km) north of Florence on U.S. Route 101.

Restrictions: Day use only, open 6am to 9pm.

Fivemile Ridge, CN73ws52

Latitude, Longitude
43.762168, -124.124436
Map Location Near city of Florence, Douglas County, OR, Altitude 350
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-01-17
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Fivemile Ridge 1 Fivemile Ridge 2 Fivemile Ridge 3 Fivemile Ridge 4

Where Highway 101 climbs over a ridge before descending to Reedsport there's a turnoff and wide spot with excellent altitude and enough space to setup a good antenna.

Restrictions: Public road, leave room for traffic.

Patterson Park, CN74wj99

Latitude, Longitude
44.413651, -124.083570
Map Location Near city of Waldport, Lincoln County, OR, Altitude 10
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-10-23
Comments by: Scott Perkins KG7EAC

Governor Patterson State Recreation Site is a comfortable place to set up on the coast in CN74. Plenty of parking and adjacent grassy open area for antennas. It also has close individual picnic table areas with 180 deg. coastal/beach views, and nice restrooms. There is a drive thru coffee/espresso stand approx 500 ft north of here.

Driving directions: On the west side of Hwy 101 on the south end of Waldport, OR. This is approximately one mile South of Waldport's only stoplight that's at the south end of the Alsea Bay Bridge.

Dixie Mtn, CN85mq97

Latitude, Longitude
45.696034, -122.916874
Map Location Near city of Scappoose, Multnomah County, OR, Altitude 1420
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-02-08
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Dixie Mtn 1 Dixie Mtn 2 Dixie Mtn 3 Dixie Mtn 4

Excellent ridge line about 30 minutes from Portland. This spot gets you up and out of the river valley with good propagation into both Portland and Seattle from the Oregon side of the river.

Driving directions: 23755 NW Skyline Blvd, North Plains, OR 97133

Spike Butte, CN83kp42

Latitude, Longitude
43.633833, -123.132167
Map Location Near city of Cottage Grove, Douglas County, OR, Altitude 2087
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-01-29
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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An excellent location just barely south of the CN83-84 gridline, which will typically offer propagation north to Eugene and south to California.

Barry K7BWH and Tom K7ZL operated here in the 2013 January VHF Contest. Normally this is snowed in during winter but a freak temperature inversion had cleared the BLM roads.

Also try CN83kp31na outcrop nearby for a southern exposure.

Fern Hill, CN86mc01

Latitude, Longitude
46.088063, -122.998061
Map Location Near city of Rainier, Columbia County, OR, Altitude 710
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Last update: 2013-02-08
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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There is a small slice of CN86 in Oregon. The main advantage is easy access and near to Portland for easy to make contacts in the metro center. The park itself has no altitude to speak of; drive uphill to the ridgeline to find an operating spot. From the valley there is easy return across the river into Longview, WA.

Don't use the Hudson-Parcher city park itself - it is deep in the valley with a high-tension power line. But the hilltop above has good propogation to Seattle and Portland.

Knox Butte, CN84lp86

Latitude, Longitude
44.651482, -123.015697
Map Location Near city of Albany, Linn County, OR, Altitude 540
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-01-01
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Close to I-5 but fully developed. I doubt there is a good place to stop among all the houses. A scouting trip would help.

Also try Timber-Linn Memorial Park nearby right off Exit 233.

Driving directions: Intersection of Fern Hill Rd and Townsend Rd:
- From Hwy 30, take the Larson Road exit
- Follow Larson Rd south
- Turn right (or left) onto Parkdale Rd
- Find a spot to park and operate

Spores Point, CN84lc57

Latitude, Longitude
44.116226, -123.038574
Map Location Near city of Eugene, Lane County, OR, Altitude 1192
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-01-01
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Spores Point is near I-5 by Eugene. This probably won't work, as the hilltop has a large set of radio towers and is probably gated, but a scouting trip is needed.

Alternative spots include nearby Armitage County Park at the bottom of the hill. Also try Moon Mtn on the south side of Eugene.

Driving directions: Take I-5 exit 199 toward Coburg, drive 0.2 miles
- Turn right onto E Pearl St, drive 0.6 miles
- Turn left onto Coburg Rd, drive 1.9 miles
- Turn left onto McKenzie View Dr
- Then turn left onto Egge Road
- Drive through underpass
- Continue on 1.0 miles to hilltop

Moon Mtn, CN84la57

Latitude, Longitude
44.031225, -123.039000
Map Location Near city of Eugene, Lane County, OR, Altitude 1044
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-02-08
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Moon Mtn 1 Moon Mtn 2 Moon Mtn 3

Eugene is just north of the CN83 - CN84 grid line.

Moon Mtn is within the city limits along I-5 and provides a very quick stop along the freeway and gets you up about 250' above average terrain. This hill contains a new residential development (as of 2013) with streets but no homes, which provides many possible parking spots and good propagation north. Note there is a city park but it has no usable parking.

Restrictions: Vacant in January 2013 but likely to be developed soon.

Round Mountain, CN83jw40

Latitude, Longitude
43.917325, -123.215833
Map Location Near city of Gillespie Corners, Lane County, OR, Altitude 1180
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2020-01-17
Comments by: Matt KC7OOY

It looks suspiciously driveable just south of the CN83-CN84 grid line near Eugene, OR.

However, it's gated at the Lorane Hwy. Looks like the beef company owns the property, due to the giant gate at the road.

Driving directions: This is 45 minutes from Eugene on back roads, or 45 minutes from Creswell.

Taylor Butte, CN83ls46

Latitude, Longitude
43.777818, -123.043292
Map Location Near city of Cottage Grove, Lane County, OR, Altitude 1500
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-01-17
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Taylor Butte 1

Taylor Butte looks like a drivable high point near CN83-CN84 grid line near Eugene. But it's gated off below the summit, and there are no viable operating spots due to houses.

Driving directions: 20 minutes south of Creswell, OR:
- I-5 exit 174 toward Cottage Grove / Dorena Lake
- Slight left onto N Gateway Blvd
- Turn left on to E Taylor Ave
- Take the first right onto Hillside Drive
- Take the third left onto Pleasant View Drive, drive 0.9 miles

Restrictions: Satellite view shows radio towers on this hilltop.

Wards Butte, CN83kr06

Latitude, Longitude
43.736717, -123.158884
Map Location Near city of Comstock, Douglas County, OR, Altitude 2092
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2019-09-16
Comments by: Matt KC7OOY

Wards Butte 1

Another high point near I-5 just south of the CN83 grid line.

Sept 2019: it turns out that one direction the road is gated, and the other was past an open gate on Friday but the road was well blocked off and grown over. There is a pretty good spot just to the East, but on Sunday the second gate was closed and locked. They are doing a bunch of logging up there, so I think in the near future it will be closed off.

Driving directions: Take I-5 exit 174 in Cottage Grove
- although Wards Butte is alongside I-5, there is no nearby exit
- Turn right onto E Cottage Grove Con
- Slight left onto OR-99 South
- Turn right to stay on OR-99 South
- Turn right onto Longview Ln
- Slight left to stay on Longview Ln
- Turn left onto Wards Butte Rd
- Take the first right
- Take the first left, drive 2.3 miles

Dickinson Mtn, CN83jn41

Latitude, Longitude
43.546293, -123.215296
Map Location Near city of Yoncalla, Douglas County, OR, Altitude 2200
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-01-07
Comments by: Matt KC7OOY

Hilltop near I-5 in southern Oregon, about an hour south of Eugene. It looks good on a map but it's gated off at 43.54297, -123.23611. This is posted as Dougas Forest Product land ownership.

Driving directions: An hour south of Eugene:
- Take exit 154 toward Scotts Valley / Elkhead
- Turn left onto Anlauf Rd / Co Rd 25 / Elk Creek Road, drive 0.3 miles
- Turn left onto Elkhead Road, drive 3.0 miles
- Slight right on to BLM Road 23-4-9.0, drive 1.1 miles
- Look for clearing on your left at the top of the hill

Devore Mtn, CN83io36

Latitude, Longitude
43.610927, -123.303616
Map Location Near city of Yoncalla, Douglas County, OR, Altitude 1329
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-01-17
Comments by: Matt KC7OOY

Gated at Hwy 99 when the county transfer station is closed, and looks permanently gated up the road when the transfer station is open. Looks like a Douglas Forest Products gate.

Driving directions: An hour south of Eugene, OR:
- Take I-5 exit 150 for OR-99 toward OR-38 / Yoncalla Drain
- Turn right onto OR-99 N / Eagle Valley Road, drive 3.4 miles
- Turn left onto Co Rd 296, near Jim Thorp Lumber Products
- Drive 1.7 miles up winding dirt (?) county road

Council Crest Park, CN85pl59

Latitude, Longitude
45.498960, -122.708318
Map Location Near city of Portland, Multnomah County, OR, Altitude 1073
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-01-29
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Easy to reach from Portland. On a clear day, five Cascade mountains are visible.

Hamaker Mtn, CN92ab36

Latitude, Longitude
42.068400, -121.972500
Map Location Near city of Keno, Klamath County, OR, Altitude 6800
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2015-09-08
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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Military radar site, not guarded, open access. Several fenced compounds surrounding several commercial and amateur transmitters.

Good propagation in all directions. Large paved parking lot. This is quite likely the absolute best operating spot in CN92 (which isn't saying much, since it's a very long way to any metro center).

Driving directions: The turn-off is along Hwy 66 between Keno and Mt Ashland. Turn south onto Hamaker Mtn Road. It's about 20 minutes to the top on a paved road.

Restrictions: Road is not plowed in winter. May be closed in winter, but usually open in June.
The sign "not plowed in winter" is next to a "watch for snow plows" sign. Take your pick.

Ham Radio Outlet, CN85oj59

Latitude, Longitude
45.416398, -122.791416
Map Location Near city of Tigard, Washington County, OR, Altitude 200
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2019-07-15
Source: Ham Radio Outlet Portland
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Ham Radio Outlet 1

Best store in Oregon.

Driving directions: 14405 SW Pacific Hwy, Portland, OR 97224
Located alongside Harbor Freight.

Milwaukie, CN85qk10

Latitude, Longitude
45.419660, -122.653877
Map Location Near city of Milwaukie, Clackamas County, OR, Altitude 50
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-01-29
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

A suburb of Portland.

Light Peak, CN92wh22

Latitude, Longitude
42.303699, -120.148697
Map Location Near city of Lakeview, Lake County, OR, Altitude 8323
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2015-09-27
Source: Mike KB7ME
Comments by: Mike KB7ME

Light Peak 1

Light Peak summit is about 0.6 miles NE of Drake Peak Lookout. The top is absolutely barren with clear views in all directions. The best VHF/UHF Contest site on the west coast (my opinion), except that it's closed to motorized travel.

Restrictions: Light Peak is closed to motorized travel by the Fremont-Winema Forest Travel Management Plan. You can still hike in, bicycle, ride a horse or etc.

Drake Peak Lookout, CN92wh12

Latitude, Longitude
42.300568, -120.157828
Map Location Near city of Lakeview, Lake County, OR, Altitude 8220
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-02-24
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN92
Comments by: author K7ZL

Drake Peak Lookout 1 Drake Peak Lookout 2 Drake Peak Lookout 3

This is a Forest Service Lookout that can be rented.

Drake Peak Lookout is actually on a shoulder of Light Peak. For what it's worth, Light Peak itself is about 1.7 miles east and only accessible by hiking cross country.

See the lookout rental website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/fremont-winema/recreation/recarea/?recid=59801 . There is a really nice privy installed by the repeaters (see sunset photo).

Another good spot is Light Peak summit, about 0.6 miles NE of the Lookout and can be driven in a 4WD vehicle.

Driving directions: From Highway north of Lakeview, turn right on Highway 140.
- Take Highway 140 east for 8 miles.
- Turn left on Forest Road 3615.
- Go on Forest Road 3615 for 7.5 miles
- Turn right on Forest Road 019.
- Drive Forest Road 019, winding up to the top of the peak for 5 miles.
- See also Topozone Map

Restrictions: Closed in winter.

Hagelstein Mountain, CN92bk92

Latitude, Longitude
42.427100, -121.836667
Map Location Near city of Klamath Falls, Klamath County, OR, Altitude 5600
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2004-05-26
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN92
Comments by: Frank K3UHF

Driving directions: Hagelstein Mountain is about 12 miles north of Klamath Falls.
- Turn west on the road going up Hagelstein Mountain at Hagelstein Park.
- If going south on 97, this will be the park on your left after traveling next to a 5 mile long mountain next to Klamath lake, just past Modoc Point.
- Travel up the incline and take every gravel road on your left.
- When you reach the point where the road stops going up and you are within a few feet of the face of the cliff you have reached the highest point on the cliff.
- There is a good shot North, west and south and some access to the west.
- Several mountains make good reflectors to get into the Umpqua and Rouge valleys.
- In june the road may be open to algoma point @ 6900 feet about 6 miles west.
- In low snow years this point is available in January.

Mount Ashland, CN82pb39

Latitude, Longitude
42.080833, -122.720000
Map Location Near city of Ashland, Jackson County, OR, Altitude 7531
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-04-01
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN82
Comments by: author KB7WW

Mount Ashland 1 Mount Ashland 2 Mount Ashland 3 Mount Ashland 4

Photos shown taken April 31st, 2014, when the upper road was not yet open.

This is a mountaintop west of I-5 just before California border. Has TV and FM radio transmitters. Good paths, but you must have good filters to keep the RF out of your rigs.

Driving directions: Follow signs to ski lodge via "Mt Ashland Ski Road".
- Continue past lodge, through main parking and then secondary parking.
- At the end of the parking area is a gate that's locked in winter.
- Follow road NF-20 up, keep right at the Y, continue on NF-300.
- Topo zone map: KTVL-TV USGS Mount Ashland

Restrictions: Many years the upper road is still closed by snow in June.
No parking for unattended vehicles Nov 1 - Apr 30.

Cloud Cap, CN82xw53

Latitude, Longitude
42.931667, -122.036667
Map Location Near city of Crater Lake, Klamath County, OR, Altitude 7800
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2001-12-30
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN82
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

This is a high point on the E-NE corner of the rim that is over Crater Lake. The highest point is 8065 feet, but requires a half mile walk from the road.

The best place for operating is a pullout about 0.7 miles before the viewpoint. The elevation is about 7800 feet and has a beautiful shot from the North through East.

The shot to Seattle (320 miles, 358 deg true) is up the middle of the Cascades and not as great as one might expect from 7800 feet. Spokane (346 miles, 40 deg true) is very good, with a negative horizon. There is no shot South from this corner of Crater Lake, but I have worked stations in Medford by bouncing off Mt Scott. For microwave work, Steens Mt (175 miles, 94 deg true) could be interesting.

I have talked with park rangers while operating at the pullout and they saw no difficulty with the activity. But, camping at the pullout could be problematic. There is a picnic area on the main rim road, about 1 mile from the pullout. It is almost as good a location as the pullout and it is better for "improvised" camping.

Driving directions: Enter the National Park (fee) from any of the three entrances.
- If you enter from the North, it is shortest to go around the top of the lake.
- For the other two entrances you probably want to go around the bottom.
- Follow the sign for Cloudcap viewpoint.

Restrictions: The road is all paved and snow is off sometime in June or July. The snow banks in the area can stay well into August.

Onion Mountain, CN82ek69

Latitude, Longitude
42.454304, -123.616154
Map Location Near city of Grant's Pass, Josephine County, OR, Altitude 4450
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2001-12-30
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN82
Comments by: Merlin Hill W7MQY

This is a Forest Service Lookout west of Grant's Pass. Bare top.Solar powered repeater on top.

The Forest Service rents the lookout. Check in with Galice Ranger District in Grants Pass for availability.

There is a locked gate at the top. The road is paved except for the last mile.

Mt. Scott, CN82xw81

Latitude, Longitude
42.922832, -122.016220
Map Location Near city of Crater Lake, Klamath County, OR, Altitude 8929
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2001-12-30
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN82
Comments by: Robert W7PUA

This is a Forest Service Lookout on a high point east of Crater Lake. Access is by hiking only.

Established about 1923 with a 2-story stone and frame cab, the present 2-story NPS cab, built in 1952, is available for emergencies.

A good starting point for more information is Mt. Scott, Oregon on Wikipedia.

The road is all paved and snow is off sometime in June or July. The snow banks in the area can stay well into August.

Driving directions: Enter the National Park (fee) from any of the three entrances.
- If you enter from the North, it is shortest to go around the top of the lake.
- For the other two entrances you probably want to go around the bottom.
- Follow the sign for Cloudcap viewpoint and look for the Mt. Scott trail.

Restrictions: Hiking only.

Pine Mountain, CN93ms69

Latitude, Longitude
43.791234, -120.947378
Map Location Near city of Bend, Deschutes County, OR, Altitude 6348
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2001-10-22
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN93
Comments by: Richard W7YES

This is an observatory run by the University of Oregon with a primitive campground at the top.

Most of the mountain top is really "in the trees". There are a couple of locations that you can drive to and get good 180 degree openings, but rarely an unobstructed 360 degree view.

If you're willing to hike up a short trail, about 100 yards, there's a completely clear spot on the tip top of the mountain that has a 360 degree view. From the looks of the clearing, the observatory holds "star parties" and classes at this location. I should mention, there's another mountain top in the same immediate area (off the same access road) that has some antennas on it, I think it's a little lower than Pine Mtn. I didn't check it out, I just followed the road toward the higher ground.

See also:

Driving directions: 7 miles off hwy 20, S.E. of Bend.
- The road in is very good (graded with a nice washboard effect) clearly marked to the observatory.

Restrictions: Snow cat required in January.

Paulina Peak, CN93iq95

Latitude, Longitude
43.689300, -121.254630
Map Location Near city of Bend, Deschutes County, OR, Altitude 7985
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-04-03
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN93
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

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This is one of the premier operating locations in Oregon state. Paulina Peak is the very top (and I mean the VERY TOP) of what was a pretty fair mountain until it turned into a volcano a few years back.

The road to the peak is quite good, and passenger cars make it with no problems. There are no microwave towers in the way, and they even provide restrooms at the top. There are excellent paths in all directions with no obstructions. At the very top there is a gravel parking lot that will accommodate 15 or 20 vehicles. There is a high point to the SE slightly blocking the path, but other than that things are wide open.

Paulina Peak is in the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, a major recreation area in Central Oregon. Below the peak there are numerous campgrounds, at least two resorts and two large lakes. The resorts offer cabins, RV parks, showers, etc.

More information about Newberry Volcano and Paulina Peak:

Driving directions: From Bend, drive south on Highway 97.
- Take the Newberry-Paulina road to the east. It is well marked.
- Go uphill about 11 miles to the guard station.
- You will have to pay a $5 day use fee to park on the peak.
- These passes are available at the entry guard station or at the Ranger Station.
- The road to the peak is opposite Paulina Lake Campground at about mile 13.
- It goes to the right (south).
- This is a one lane road with turnouts.

Restrictions: Pass required. Motorhomes and trailers are prohibited.
Closed for the winter at the Sno-Park lot.

Lava Butte, CN93hw70

Latitude, Longitude
43.917433, -121.356797
Map Location Near city of Bend, Deschutes County, OR, Altitude 5020
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-04-27
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN93
Comments by: Frank K3UHF

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Lava Butte is a cinder cone rising 500 feet above Lava Lands Visitor Center. A cinder covered trail encircles the rim of the cone with outstanding views.

See also the Lava Butte Interpretive Site by the USDA Forest Service for conditions and fire warnings.

There is good but limited parking and a public toilet.

Driving directions: From Bend, travel 11.2 miles south on Hwy 97.
- It is located approximately five miles south of the High Desert Museum.
- It is only 4 or 5 minutes off Hwy 97.

Restrictions: Open 9:00 am to disk. A Forest Service pass is required to park, and they check. The parking lot on top of Lava Butte is limited to 10 vehicles, so 30 minute time passes are issued at the Lava Lands Welcome Station on a first come, first served basis.
Closed during winter. Check the parks department hotline 541-383-5700 for additional restrictions.

Seven Devils Road, CN73th83

Latitude, Longitude
43.305850, -124.348505
Map Location Near city of Coos Bay, Coos County, OR, Altitude 400
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2005-05-19
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN73
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Public road on ridge.

Carter Ridge, CN83aw29

Latitude, Longitude
43.955480, -123.983240
Map Location Near city of Florence, Lane County, OR, Altitude 600
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-01-17
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN83
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Carter Ridge 1 Carter Ridge 2 Carter Ridge 3 Carter Ridge 4

2004-01: There are two operating locations on CN73/CN83 grid line. - Lynn N7CFO

2014-01: Good roads but heavily forested. Yes, this is one way to get into CN83, but its a 20-minute drive and I couldn't find a really good operating position in the clear. - Barry K7BWH

Driving directions:

  1. South on Hwy 101 going out of Florence.
  2. Turn left on to Canary Rd. (about 2.3 miles from the bridge)
  3. Follow Canary Rd for about 4 miles.
  4. Take left fork on to Maple Rd.
    This is marked on maps as FR-953, but the actual sign says Maple Rd.
  5. About 3.5 miles from turning on to Maple Rd is the first operating location, right on the edge of CN73/CN83 border. Elevation is about 850ft.
  6. If you go another 1/2 mile down the road you hit the second spot, which is in CN83. The reason for going farther into CN83 is because you gain about 150 feet of elevation and get to spot with a clear shot to the North. The GPS coordinates of this spot are 43.95548 N, 123.98324 West.
  7. If you go too far, it begins a steady downhill slope on the other side, eventually reaching Henderson Creek Road.

Carter Ridge, CN73xw99

Latitude, Longitude
43.956472, -124.000143
Map Location Near city of Florence, Lane County, OR, Altitude 600
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-01-17
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN73
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

2004-01: There are two operating locations on CN73/CN83 grid line. - Lynn N7CFO

2014-01: Good roads but heavily forested. - Barry K7BWH

Driving directions:

  1. South on Hwy 101 going out of Florence.
  2. Turn left on to Canary Rd. (about 2.3 miles from the bridge)
  3. Follow Canary Rd for about 4 miles.
  4. Take left fork on to Maple Rd.
    This is marked on maps as FR-953, but the actual sign says Maple Rd.
  5. About 3.5 miles from turning on to Maple Rd is the first operating location, right on the edge of CN73/CN83 border. Elevation is about 850ft.
  6. If you go another 1/2 mile down the road you hit the second spot, which is in CN83. The reason for going farther into CN83 is because you gain about 150 feet of elevation and get to spot with a clear shot to the North. The GPS coordinates of this spot are 43.95548 N, 123.98324 West.

Pilot Butte, CN94ib64

Latitude, Longitude
44.060561, -121.283247
Map Location Near city of Bend, Deschutes County, OR, Altitude 4155
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-04-03
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN94
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Pilot Butte 1 Pilot Butte 2 Pilot Butte 3

You will be able to see the butte as you come into town. Highway 97 goes between two high spots - the one on the east is Pilot Butte, and the one on the west is a residential area.

The best operating location to the north is the pull-off just opposite the bunker door (you will understand it when you see it). The top of the butte has a road going around the edge, with high ground in the center. The road is not all that wide, though there is room to pull off on the outer edge in several places.

Pilot Butte State Park is a thousand-foot bare cone within the city of Bend, Oregon. It offers great views and propagation in all directions, with low take-off angles and no obstructions.

The best operating location to the north is the pull-off just opposite the bunker door (you will understand it when you see it). The top of the butte has a road going around the edge, with high ground in the center. The road is not all that wide, though there is room to pull off on the outer edge in several places.

There is excellent exposure in all directions. This site is gated, but the gate is generally open, except in the winter.

Driving directions: Take Highway 97 to the middle of Bend. Go east on Highway 20.
- If you are southbound, look for the Safeway on the east side and turn just past it.
- Look for the "Pilot Butte" sign on the left.
- On the way, stop at the Pilot Butte Drive-In on the right for an extraordinary hamburger and an excellent chocolate malt.

Restrictions: Closed during the winter.

Expect a lot of traffic - vehicle and foot in the area. The road to the top is narrow, and there are a lot of hikers and runners on it.

CN94-95 Grid Line, CN95oa20

Latitude, Longitude
45.000020, -120.813721
Map Location Near city of Madras, Wasco County, OR, Altitude 3600
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-04-07
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN94
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

CN94-95 Grid Line 1 CN94-95 Grid Line 2

Take hwy 97 until you see the 45th parallel sign NE of Shaniko Junction. There is plenty of room to pull off the road. This is a good park and sleep location there is nothing around but buzzards and truckers.

Note that Hwy 97 does not run north and south here so watch the GPS for accuracy.

CN94-95 Grid Line, CN94ox29

Latitude, Longitude
44.999900, -120.813700
Map Location Near city of Shaniko Jct, Wasco County, OR, Altitude 3600
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-04-05
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN94
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

CN94-95 Grid Line 1 CN94-95 Grid Line 2

Take hwy 97 until you see the 45th parallel sign NE(?) of Shaniko Junction.

There is plenty of room to pull off the road. This is a good park and sleep location there is nothing around but buzzards and truckers.

Restrictions: Note that Hwy 97 does not run north and south here so watch the GPS for accuracy.

Mary's Peak, CN84fm31

Latitude, Longitude
44.504390, -123.552400
Map Location Near city of Sweet Home, Benton County, OR, Altitude 4300
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2003-02-12
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN84
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

This site is a large parking lot near the top of Mary's Peak. There is a scenic overlook, complete with restrooms and fresh water. You can hike to the top of the peak, but vehicles are not allowed. There are also TV and FM transmitters located on the top of the peak which may cause interference.

This location has excellent paths in in all directions. Per Bob, W7PUA, the best microwave site is on the east side of the lot just north of the restroom.

There is a campground located approximately a mile from the parking lot. It has flush toilets and fresh water, but is not a particularly good operating location due to trees. (Update 7/01 - Per KB7WW, the park is now closed - no overnight camping.)

The road is moderately steep, and is a steady grade to the top. There is also access from the west via a Forest Service road. I made this trip once in hopes of finding a quick route from the coast and found it to be not worth the effort because of road conditions.

See also Topo Zone Map.

Driving directions: I-5 to Corvallis.
- Highway 20 west to Philomath.
- Approximately 1 mile west of Philomath turn southwest on Highway 34.
- Mary's Peak road is approximately ten miles on right.

Restrictions: Nominal access fee charged for entry with a pay station at the foot of the hill.
You can hike to the top of the peak, but vehicles are not allowed. No overnight camping.

Near Mary's Peak, CN84fm11

Latitude, Longitude
44.507056, -123.568361
Map Location Near city of Corvallis, Benton County, OR, Altitude 3600
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-01-17
Comments by: Matt KC7OOY

Great location looking North and South. I worked into the Rogue Valley(CN82), CN73 and up to CN88 and CN97 on two meters. Both were S5+ on SSB.

Dorn's Peak, CN84gx25

Latitude, Longitude
44.981253, -123.477809
Map Location Near city of Dallas, Polk County, OR, Altitude 1200
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2003-12-03
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN84
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Clear shot north to Seattle Area. Good gravel road access. No microwave gear in the area.

Driving directions: Highway 22 West from Salem to milepost 4.
- 200' west of Buell go south on Gooseneck Road for 4 miles.
- Go left on Gooseneck Access Road for 2 miles to "Y".
- Go left 2 miles to three way.
- Take right fork to top - approximately miles.

Beachside State Park, CN74wj90

Latitude, Longitude
44.378950, -124.090067
Map Location Near city of Waldport, Lincoln County, OR, Altitude 10
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-01-17
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN74
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Beachside State Recreation Site is a state park with full hookups. They have a small day use area. I have had some excellent openings into California and the Southwest out of this location. Now and then you can make it over the coastal range into the Willamette Valley on 144 and 220.

Driving directions: Five miles south of Waldport, OR on Highway 101.

Tillicum Campground, CN74wi87

Latitude, Longitude
44.366417, -124.092200
Map Location Near city of Waldport, Lincoln County, OR, Altitude 50
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2001-12-30
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN74
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Tillicum Campground 1

Tillicum Beach Campground is a National Forest Service campground in the Siuslaw National Forest about five miles south of Waldport on Highway 101. There is water and flush toilets available, but no electricity.

Driving directions: South of Waldport, Oregon off Highway 101.
From Waldport, Oregon drive 4 miles south on Highway 101.
Campground is on the west side of the highway.

Mount Defiance, CN95dp35

Latitude, Longitude
45.648500, -121.722600
Map Location Near city of Cascade Locks, Hood River County, OR, Altitude 4960
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-04-07
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN95
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

There are radio towers at this location including the Mount Defiance ham repeater.

Driving directions: Allow one hour or more from I-84 turnoff.
I tried a route past the Hood River Golf Course and then up Binns Hill Rd but failed.
The following directions from Bing maps are untested but try this:
- From I-84 along the Columbia River, take exit 64.
- Turn south onto US-30 / OR_35 / White Salmon Hwy
- 6.4 mi, bear right onto OR-282 / Davis Dr
- 1.2 mi, bear right, and then bear right onto OR-282 / Odell Hwy
- 0.4 mi, turn left onto Summit Dr
- 2.0 mi, keep straight onto OR-281 / Dee Hwy
- 4.1 mi, keep straight onto Lost Lake Rd
- 0.2 mi, bear right onto Punchbowl Rd
- 1.5 mi, keep left onto unpaved Dead Point Rd / NF-2820
- 2.8 mi, turn right to stay on Dead Point Rd / NF-2820
- 4.9 mi, turn right onto NF-2821
- 1.8 mi, keep left to stay on NF-2821
- 0.8 mi, bear left onto unpaved road
- 0.7 mi, arrive at Mount Defiance, OR
- If you reach NF-2820 again you've gone too far

Bald Peak, CN85lj34

Latitude, Longitude
45.395400, -123.055900
Map Location Near city of Hillsboro, Yamhill County, OR, Altitude 1629
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-01-29
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN85
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Bald Peak 1 Bald Peak 2 Bald Peak 3 Bald Peak 4 Bald Peak 5 Bald Peak 6

Located in Bald Peak State Park due west of Tigard, and 45 minutes SW of Portland.

It does take time to reach the top; these are slow country roads with plenty of turns and stop signs. Plan to stay awhile with good beams to make the drive pay off.

The state park is the highest point on this mountain and provides a good access to the north and east. From this spot you can see Mt Rainier, the Olympic Range, Mt Adams, Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, and what's left of Mt. St. Helens. Restroom and picnic tables are available. Large circular parking area at top.

A repeater site that is only 20 feet lower is located 1/4 mile west of the entrance. From there you can work all directions clearly except west because of a thin tree line.

K3UHF has worked CN 82-73-89 and DN02-06-07-13-17 and points between from here on 2 meters with a 7 el beam. And he's worked about half that distance on 432. Also he's bounced signals off the mountains on 1296 to Bend, OR from there too.

Driving directions: It is located about 5 miles west of Hwy 219.
- Hwy 219 runs north and south between hwy 26 and Hwy 99w between the towns of Newberg and Hillsboro.
- The road to the park is well marked from Hwy 219 and the access road is named Bald Peak Road.
- Watch out for cyclists in the warmer months.

Restrictions: Signposted "Day use only. 7am to 8pm".

Cascade Head, CN85ab25

Latitude, Longitude
45.063667, -123.977167
Map Location Near city of Lincoln City, Tillamook County, OR, Altitude 1600
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2004-01-02
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN85
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

SW corner of CN85, just minutes north of Lincoln City.

Driving directions: North on Hwy 101 about 4 miles north of the Hwy 18 (from Salem) intersection.
- Maps show FR-1861 or Cascade Head Road.
- But I only found a clearly marked FR-1861 sign a few hundred yards south of Milepost 101 (on Hwy 101).
- The road is at the top of the grade and travels west along it.
- As it leaves Hwy 101, it's about 800' and climbs to over 1600' in a little more than a mile.
- The road surface is well groomed gravel with few potholes.
- It is gated with a large turn around area at 101 but it appears the gate is generally open.
- The road climbs quickly, then turns and drops a bit.
- There is an excellent pullout at N45 03.82' W123 58.63'
- This has an open view (no trees) to the south and a rock wall about 40' high to the north.
- Just beyond this point the road forks and the right fork loops around toward the north side of the hill.
- It appears there would be a good short north as well.

Larch Mountain, CN85wm97

Latitude, Longitude
45.532722, -122.087873
Map Location Near city of Corbett, Multnomah County, OR, Altitude 4055
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2015-03-05
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN85
Comments by: Etienne K7ATN

Larch Mountain 1 Larch Mountain 2 Larch Mountain 3

Larch Mountain is located on Forest Service land an hour's drive east of Portland, OR. It makes an excellent SOTA activation spot. See the SummitPost.org description and driving directions.

There's a nice parking lot with a hike up to a scenic overlook with benches.

Driving directions: From Portland take I-84 towards Hood River and take Exit #22 for Corbett.
- Zero your trip meter at the stop sign.
- At the stop sign you turn right and head up the hill towards Corbett.
- At 1.3 miles the road Y's, stay left at this "Y" and then take a left onto the Columbia Gorge Scenic Hwy.
- Zero your trip meter and proceed for 1.9 miles.
- Turn right onto Larch Mountain Road.
- It is paved and marked with a big sign. Follow the road to the parking area near the top of Larch Mountain (14 miles).

Restrictions: A recreation pass is required ($5/day). There is no camping but there is a paved parking lot at 3900 feet with rest rooms, see photos above.

Mt Hebo, CN85cf91

Latitude, Longitude
45.213900, -123.756200
Map Location Near city of Hebo, Yamhill County, OR, Altitude 3170
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-01-20
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN85
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Mt Hebo 1 Mt Hebo 2 Mt Hebo 3 Mt Hebo 4 Mt Hebo 5 Mt Hebo 6 Mt Hebo 7 Mt Hebo 8

The best site at the northern end has been closed off because of an endangered butterfly in the area. The South site is good, as is the helicopter pad at the middle site. All of the USAF buildings have been torn down but most maps still show them.

2014-01 update: The site is practically unchanged since the last update in 2001. I added two photos. It's line-of-sight with almost everywhere and Rod WE7X /R and I made FM simplex contacts. - Barry K7BWH /R

Driving directions: Take Highway 101 or Highway 22 to Hebo.
- From the town of Hebo, go east on Highway 22.
- Go 0.2 mile and turn left on forest road 14.
- Look for the Hebo Lake Mt. Hebo sign.
- 4.5 miles from 101 you come to the Hebo Lake campground.
- It has 16 sites with piped-in water and pit toilet.
- From the campground you go up the hill 3.4 miles to the top of Mt. Hebo.
- The road is paved except for the last l00 yards or so.
- See also this Topo Map of Mt Hebo
- 5 microwave towers plus 4 buildings.

Restrictions: Road is not maintained for winter travel.

Round Top, CN85hq62

Latitude, Longitude
45.677300, -123.362400
Map Location Near city of Forest Grove, Washington County, OR, Altitude 2985
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2003-02-12
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN85
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

This is where the Tecktronic club went for years for the June VHF contest. No RF on this one, bring your own.

Driving directions:

There are 2 ways in. I prefer coming in from Timber, but the other way is almost as good. You should drive in a week or 2 beforehand to check the road. There is very little maintenance on the roads. Make sure you take a shovel with you and dig out the drainage ditches in the big mud hole or to dig yourself out if you get stuck. This mud hole is spring fed and no place for a car.

See this Topo Map of Round Top.

Restrictions: Unmaintained road. Bring shovel.

South Fork Mountain, CN85vc11

Latitude, Longitude
45.091300, -122.240400
Map Location Near city of Dodge, Clackamas County, OR, Altitude 4823
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2001-01-01
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN85
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Paved road to within 3/4 mile of the top but watch the last 1/2 mile. This site is sometimes not open for the June contest because of snow. Have a chain saw with you as you go through a grove of trees before you get to the top - some years there are blow downs.

Driving directions: On the highway from Colton to Estacada turn east at sign to Dodge.
- Follow the road through Dodge and into the National Forest.
- Have a forest service map and you will get there ok.
- Also see this Topo Zone Map

Nicolai Mtn, CN86gc50

Latitude, Longitude
46.086194, -123.452220
Map Location Near city of Longview, Clatsop County, OR, Altitude 3046
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2020-06-20
Source: Earl N3EG Home Page
Comments by: Earl N3EG

Nicolai Mtn 1 Nicolai Mtn 2 Nicolai Mtn 3 Nicolai Mtn 4 Nicolai Mtn 5 Nicolai Mtn 6 Nicolai Mtn 7 Nicolai Mtn 8 Nicolai Mtn 9

Visited by N3EG during the 6 meter sprint in May 2002.

Also visited by Mark KE7MSU in the microwave sprint in May 2019.

Driving directions: From Earl N3EG in May 2002:
- Take highway 30 west from Longview.
- After Clatskanie, Westport, and Wauna, you will start up Bradley Hill.
- At the crest of the hill, look on the left for the first dirt road.
- As soon as you start up the road, you will see a cellsite on the left.
- Keep going and follow the main road up using CB channel 29.
- After 4.5 miles, you will want to keep right.
- You will see a rock with "OSU" painted on it if you're going the right way.
- At 5.5 miles you will see a rock pit on the right and start going downhill.
- This condition is normal - do not panic.
- After 8.5 miles you will see a rock pit on the left, and you will take a right up the hill.
- Stay right at the next intersection and you will be on Foster Hill road.
- Take the next right on Simonsen road and at the next intersection go straight.
- You will come to a gate - if it's locked, go left - otherwise, go straight.
- You will wind up at the site either way, but straight is better.
- Warning: On the way down, you'll find an annoying deceptive fork in the road. Go left.
- On the main line, you'll find another fork farther down - go right.

Cape Blanco Park, CN72ru20

Latitude, Longitude
42.836073, -124.559898
Map Location Near city of Port Orford, Coos County, OR, Altitude 50
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-01-18
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN72
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Cape Blanco Park 1 Cape Blanco Park 2 Cape Blanco Park 3 Cape Blanco Park 4

This is a large state park with extensive day-use areas and campground. It is located on the westernmost tip of land in Oregon and has excellent exposure to the north, south, and west. It is far enough from the coastal range to have a good path to the east.

This is a terrific spot for attempting long range over-the-water contacts to the north and south. Some of the nearest grid is blocked by Humbolt Mtn; in Jan 2014, we were unable to reach Crescent City nearby in CN71.

Operating from the campground is OK, but the campsites are all surrounded by heavy brush and trees, so UHF work would be rough. The best operating location is in the parking lot near the lighthouse, but ocean breezes will be strong all day.

www.oregonstateparks.org/park_62.php

Driving directions: South of Coos Bay on Highway 101. Watch for signs.

Restrictions: Winter occupancy is low. Summer campsites work best with reservations. All camp sites minimum $16 and most have electrical hookup included. Lighthouse road is open April - October.

Fort Stevens State Park, CN76xf92

Latitude, Longitude
46.217302, -124.002900
Map Location Near city of Astoria, Clatsop County, OR, Altitude 10
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-02-02
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Fort Stevens State Park 1 Fort Stevens State Park 2 Fort Stevens State Park 3 Fort Stevens State Park 4 Fort Stevens State Park 5 Fort Stevens State Park 6 Fort Stevens State Park 7 Fort Stevens State Park 8

This is a parking lot in Fort Stevens State Park.

This is a wide area of flat land on the end of a spit, and the propagation in all directions is very good. The path to the north and northeast is over the Columbia river, so there is a good launch angle before you hit the distant coastal mountains.

Also see CN86 Fort Stevens only a mile away.

Driving directions: Take Highway 101 to the Fort Stevens entrance, 10 miles west of Astoria.
- At park entrance, get a park map at the ranger station. Local road signs are unhelpful.
- Go north on south jetty road.
- The CN76-CN86 line is about 100 yards south the turn off into Lot B.
- Use either Parking Lot B (preferred) or Lot C. Both are fully in CN76.
- I visited Lot C but it's quite busy in all seasons where people visit the raised observation deck.
- Don't use the Shipwreck spot, the parking area is very limited.

Restrictions: No fee to park out on the spit.
- Other day-use park areas require a permit, e.g., camping, Coffenbury Lake and Historic Military Site.
- Day use only, 6 am to 10 pm.
- Pets on leash. Metal detecting requires permit.

2014-2-1 update by Steve/KE7IHG:
I had a pleasant phone conversation with Teri Wing the manager at the park on Thursday afternoon.
The local Ham's have been using the park for field day for many years now and she has a good relationship with that group.
As for operating as a rover in the park, no permit is needed and no parking permit is needed for the parking area's on the spit as they are deemed "Beach access". If you would park at the lake or the military museum then you would need a parking permit.
If you put up an antenna that is not attached to the your vehicle then you need a permit.
We're welcome at the park.

Fort Stevens State Park, CN86af14

Latitude, Longitude
46.226500, -123.990000
Map Location Near city of Astoria, Clatsop County, OR, Altitude 10
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2013-02-19
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Fort Stevens State Park 1 Fort Stevens State Park 2 Fort Stevens State Park 3 Fort Stevens State Park 4 Fort Stevens State Park 5 Fort Stevens State Park 6 Fort Stevens State Park 7 Fort Stevens State Park 8

This is a parking lot in Fort Stevens State Park.

This is a wide area of flat land on the end of a spit, and the propagation in all directions is very good. The path to the north and northeast is over the Columbia river, so there is a good launch angle before you hit the distant coastal mountains.

This is an excellent spot for watching huge cargo ships entering the Pacific Ocean, taking long walks on the beach and watching wildlife like birds and elk.

Also see CN87 Fort Stevens only a mile away.

Driving directions: In Oregon, drive north and west until you can't.
- Find Parking Lot D.

Restrictions: No fee to park out on the spit.
- Restroom but no other services.

Roads End State Park, CN75xa81

Latitude, Longitude
45.008050, -124.009533
Map Location Near city of Lincoln City, Lincoln County, OR, Altitude 10
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2015-06-10
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN75
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Roads End State Park 1 Roads End State Park 2 Roads End State Park 3 Roads End State Park 4 Roads End State Park 5 Roads End State Park 6 Roads End State Park 7 Roads End State Park 8

Roads End State Recreation Site is a parking lot on the beach. It has a ridge behind it to the east, so it is not a particularly good location, though it is public. There are restrooms and fresh water and lots of foot traffic.

From this state park on the beach, you have an excellent view of where you want to be, up on The Knoll Open Space. In June 2015, I'm not sure that anyone living there really appreciated me pumping a kilowatt at 50.140 MHz into their expensive homes on the hillside. But enough of it reached Seattle CN87 that I finally completed a few contacts.

Driving directions: Turn west off Highway 101 opposite the McDonalds on NW Logan Loop Road.
- You pass into CN75 just before you get to the Liberty Inn.
- Continue almost one mile down Logan Loop Road.

Restrictions: Day use only. Open 6am to 10pm.

Voyage Avenue, CN75xa90

Latitude, Longitude
45.000500, -124.000500
Map Location Near city of Lincoln City, Lincoln County, OR, Altitude 300
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-01-17
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN75
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Voyage Avenue 1 Voyage Avenue 2 Voyage Avenue 3 Voyage Avenue 4

2014-01: The hilltop is fully developed and there's no good place to park. - Barry K7BWH

2001-12: This site is in a subdivision under construction. Houses are going in all of the time, so it is hard to say what you will run into. It is on high ground west of Highway 101, and can only be listed as an "adequate" operating location since there are no "good" ones in this oceanside grid.

Driving directions: This is on the west side of Devil's Lake in Lincoln City.
- Turn west from Highway 101 onto "NE West Devils Lake Blvd"
- Up hill into "Sun Ridge by the Lake"
- Go left on NE 47th St
- Turn right on Voyage Avenue at the top of the hill
- Just before the intersection of Voyage Avenue and NE 49th you go into CN75

Cape Lookout, CN75xi91

Latitude, Longitude
45.338900, -124.000800
Map Location Near city of Tillamook, Tillamook County, OR, Altitude 10
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2001-12-30
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN75
Comments by: Lynn N7CFO

Update de KC7TS: I doubt if any big operations will ever be mounted from here. There is a parking lot (thieves paradise) with quite a few spaces, where you can leave your vehicle to be plundered while hiking out the trail. The trail is (was) in pretty good shape, but I haven't been there in many years. It is a little over 1 mile to get across the line, and you still have lots of trees once you're there.

Myrtle Creek, CN71xv31

Latitude, Longitude
41.880292, -124.057448
Map Location Near city of Gasquet, Del Norte County, CA, Altitude 1800
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-08-19
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Low Divide Pit, CN71xv48

Latitude, Longitude
41.911715, -124.048375
Map Location Near city of Gasquet, Del Norte County, CA, Altitude 2400
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-07-19
Comments by: Matt KC7OOY

Low Divide Pit 1 Low Divide Pit 2 Low Divide Pit 3

Low Divide Pit is an old mine tailing pit with easy access. Road is rough and steep so takes some time to get here, but easy to do in any vehicle while paying attention

Check out both CN71xv Low Divide Pit and CN72xa Grid Line CN71-72.

Driving directions: From HWY 199 drive north on FS road 17N49 to entrance of tailings pile.

CN71-72 Line, CN72xa30

Latitude, Longitude
42.000000, -124.052051
Map Location Near city of Rockland, Grant County, OR, Altitude 1700
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2020-09-05
Comments by: Matt KC7OOY

CN71-72 Line 1

This is a wide spot on a forest service road on the Oregon/California border. The ridge has good takeoff angles to the east and south.

Spot is pretty overgrown and not traveled on, but there is still room to get off the road.

Check out both CN71xv Low Divide Pit and CN72xa Grid Line CN71-72.

Driving directions: Accessed from Winchuck River Rd. Google map

Mt Tolmie, CN88ik09

Latitude, Longitude
48.456409, -123.325213
Map Location Near city of Victoria, County, BC, Altitude 300
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2020-09-26
Comments by: John VA7OTC

Mt Tolmie Park is a local drive-up in Victoria for a quick stop and slight rise in the big city of Victoria. No toilet.

Cypress Lookout, CN89ji84

Latitude, Longitude
49.352969, -123.178084
Map Location Near city of Vancouver, Greater Vancouver County, BC, Altitude 1400
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2016-01-08
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Cypress Lookout 1 Cypress Lookout 2 Cypress Lookout 3

Cypress Mountain Lookout is a good parking area overlooking West Vancouver BC with open skies W-S-E. This road continues futher uphill to ski areas and the Cypress Provincial Park.

Mt Woodside, CN99bf49

Latitude, Longitude
49.248114, -121.877990
Map Location Near city of Chilliwack, Fraser Valley County, BC, Altitude 2490
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2015-11-28
Comments by: Mark VE7AFZ

This is a bit lower altitude than my usual spot in CN99 but worked ok for meteor scatter (6 completed qso's.) The view is to the south west.

Dry Lake Mtn, CN81mv77

Latitude, Longitude
41.907880, -122.940364
Map Location Near city of Yreka, Siskiyou County, CA, Altitude 6700
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-06-17
Comments by: Jamie K6NGN

Dry Lake Mountain is a remote peak in the Sisiyou range, not far from the Oregon border, with good horizon in all directions.

Bald Hills Rd, CN81ag10

Latitude, Longitude
41.253299, -123.986458
Map Location Near city of Orick, Humboldt County, CA, Altitude 2000
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-06-06
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Bald Hills Road runs along a coastal ridge line in the Redwood National Park that connects eastern CN71 with western CN81. There is convenient access from Hwy 101. Do some scouting further east along this road to find the best spot.

M Line, CN71xb34

Latitude, Longitude
41.058553, -124.050953
Map Location Near city of Crannell, Humboldt County, CA, Altitude 1400
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-06-02
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Needs scouting.

Maple Creek, CN71xc03

Latitude, Longitude
41.097294, -124.079706
Map Location Near city of Trinidad, Humboldt County, CA, Altitude 800
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-06-02
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Needs scouting.

Bald Hills, CN71xg96

Latitude, Longitude
41.276680, -124.005109
Map Location Near city of Orick, Humboldt County, CA, Altitude 1800
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-06-02
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Needs scouting.

Redwood, CN71xm50

Latitude, Longitude
41.504021, -124.041439
Map Location Near city of Klamath, Humboldt County, CA, Altitude 800
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-06-02
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Needs scouting.

NF 17N21, CN71xu69

Latitude, Longitude
41.872490, -124.025289
Map Location Near city of Crescent City, Del Norte County, CA, Altitude 2000
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-06-02
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Needs scouting.

High Divide, CN71xv48

Latitude, Longitude
41.911751, -124.048202
Map Location Near city of Crescent City, Del Norte County, CA, Altitude 2400
Map See Google map, Bing map, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2021-06-02
Comments by: Petr AG6EE

Needs scouting.

Dorris, CN91bw46

Latitude, Longitude
41.943370, -121.877725
Map Location Near city of Dorris, Siskiyou County, CA, Altitude 4570
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Last update: 2021-05-19
Comments by: Your name: Matthew KC7OOY

Dorris 1 Dorris 2

Quick and easy decent sized pull out on side of road. Has a dirt road that winds to the north under some high tension power lines.

Looks to have great take off in all directions, ridge has a slight rise to the north.

Driving directions: From Dorris, Ca head East on E 4th Street.
Turn right onto Center St.
Follow Center St onto Dorris-Brownell Rd.
Stay on Dorris-Brownell Rd. for 2-1/2 mile.

Fickle Hill Rd., CN80at12

Latitude, Longitude
40.802300, -123.984600
Map Location Near city of Kneeland, Humbolt County, CA, Altitude 2056
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Last update: 2021-04-26
Comments by: Matt KC7OOY

Fickle Hill offers a ridgeline in the Jacoby Creek Forest.

There is a pull-out on the main road as you enter CN80. See Google street view. Looked to have a decent amount of room, I should have stopped and investigated as I drove past but was short on time.

There looked to be a clear path ENE->E->S. On this trip I was scouting for CN70 spots and was short on daylight; I'll return to operate from here the next time I drive by.

Driving directions: From Hwy 101, take Exit 713 east onto Samoa Blvd
At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto Union St
Turn right onto Bayside Rd
Slight left onto Fickle Hill Rd
Turn right to stay on Fickle Hill Rd
Fickle Hill Rd turns slightly right and becomes Park Ave
Continue onto Fickle Hill Rd

Restrictions: Open public road with pullout to a pair of closed off logging roads. Across road from Fickle Hill Observatory.

South Jetty Humbolt Bay, CN70ur82

Latitude, Longitude
40.716840, -124.259722
Map Location Near city of Beatrice, Humbolt County, CA, Altitude 10
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Last update: 2021-04-25
Comments by: Matt KC7OOY

South Jetty Humbolt Bay 1 South Jetty Humbolt Bay 2

This is in the South Humboldt Bay State Marine Recereational Park, www.parks.ca.gov, one of California's MPA (marine protected area).

There are many locations along the long road on the south jetty. Also a high spot just before the park entrance, camped there the night before waiting for the park to open. All are visible from Google Maps and in street view.

Clear takeoff in all directions for miles. Even being just above sea level worked really good.

Driving directions: West off of Hwy 101 to Hookton Rd. Continue onto Table Bluff Rd, then the S Jetty Rd.
Enter through park entrance.
Road is paved all the way although it's pretty rough and narrow.
Signposted 25 mph and the locals drive pretty fast.

Restrictions: Park opens one hour before sunrise and closes at posted time.

Strawberry Creek, CN70xx24

Latitude, Longitude
40.978724, -124.062323
Map Location Near city of Fieldbrook, Humboldt County, CA, Altitude 400
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Last update: 2020-12-03
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Local promonotory on a forest ridge. However, this land is owned by the timber companies and has restricted access.

Shively Ridge, CN70xl94

Latitude, Longitude
40.475811, -124.002520
Map Location Near city of Pepperwood, Humboldt County, CA, Altitude 1400
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Last update: 2020-12-03
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Shively Ridge Road runs E-W along a ridge. Needs exploring.

Fox Camp, CN70xh17

Latitude, Longitude
40.323533, -124.067139
Map Location Near city of Bull Creek, Humboldt County, CA, Altitude 2600
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Last update: 2020-12-03
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

From satellite view, looks like an open spot on a ridge. The Fox Camp Multi-Use Trail needs exploring in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

Horse Mtn Ridge, CN70wd90

Latitude, Longitude
40.125961, -124.084185
Map Location Near city of Shelter Cove, Humboldt County, CA, Altitude 2900
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Last update: 2020-12-03
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Surely there must be some good place to camp and operate on Horse Mtn Ridge that runs N-S.

Horse Mtn, CN70xc15

Latitude, Longitude
40.105835, -124.066687
Map Location Near city of Ettersburg, Humboldt County, CA, Altitude 1800
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Last update: 2020-12-03
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Kings Peak Rd follows a long N-S ridge.

Paradise Ridge, CN70xc46

Latitude, Longitude
40.109299, -124.044987
Map Location Near city of Shelter Cove, Humboldt County, CA, Altitude 2500
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Last update: 2020-12-03
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Paradise Ridge offers a long ridgetop road running N-S. This spot is at the beginning of the northern end.

Etter Ranch Rd, CN70xc75

Latitude, Longitude
40.104501, -124.017143
Map Location Near city of Ettersburg, Humboldt County, CA, Altitude 1600
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Last update: 2020-12-03
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Soldier Mtn Lookout, CN91fb27

Latitude, Longitude
41.074166, -121.562738
Map Location Near city of Glenburn, Shasta County, CA, Altitude 5400
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Last update: 2020-11-24
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Soldier Mtn Lookout is high above the Lake Britton plateau. It looks driveable on the satellite maps.

Sugar Hill Lookout, CN91ut02

Latitude, Longitude
41.803819, -120.326736
Map Location Near city of Davis Creek, Modoc County, CA, Altitude 7250
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Last update: 2020-10-11
Comments by: John NA6L

Sugar Hill Lookout 1 Sugar Hill Lookout 2 Sugar Hill Lookout 3 Sugar Hill Lookout 4 Sugar Hill Lookout 5

Sugar Hill Lookout is a peak in the Modoc National Forest above Goose Lake, just east of Hwy 395. It's a killer spot for radio, the highest spot around with open horizons in all directions.

Driving directions:

Use Forest Road 133C to get started on your way to Lassen Creek Campground, a nice place to camp and hike. From the Campground follow the road that is on the West side of the CG South for several miles to a good 4 way intersection. Your map may show it as Sugar Hill Rd but it is the hard right turn at the 4 way intersection -- continue up hill to the fire lookout.

You can camp at the lookout and there are nice toilets there. The graded road conditions are smooth for the most part and when we went in the fall even a passenger car would have been fine.

Stick to the best roads, even if it looks like a longer route, because some of the "roads" on the maps are for Jeeps or quads.

Restrictions: This is very exposed -- you can get strong wind and even some snow in October.

Lake Britton, CN91ea57

Latitude, Longitude
41.031160, -121.617873
Map Location Near city of Cayton, Shasta County, CA, Altitude 3200
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Last update: 2020-10-11
Comments by: John NA6L

Lake Britton 1 Lake Britton 2 Lake Britton 3 Lake Britton 4

In the plateau above Lake Britton are several likely spots to operate, east of the HWY 89 and road 37N03 intersection, and just north of the Burney Falls / Lake Britton area.

It gets C+ for horizon but an A for accessibility, John NA6L worked many stations on 6m MSK144 from that location.

Driving directions:

The turn east from HWY 89 onto the smooth dirt road 37N03 is located at 41*2'00.00 N and 121*37'43.50W and from that location you'd head East looking for a good place to set up in the first few miles. John NA6L setup a mile or two in, just off the South side of the road in a piece of pasture. There may be better locations if you continue East; it's worth exploring. If you continue on that same road you can end up at Fall River Mills to save time if you are traveling toward the NE.

Grizzly Peak, CN91ad24

Latitude, Longitude
41.144585, -121.979267
Map Location Near city of McCloud, Shasta County, CA, Altitude 6500
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Last update: 2020-08-15
Comments by: Peter KA6U

Grizzly Peak 1 Grizzly Peak 2 Grizzly Peak 3 Grizzly Peak 4 Grizzly Peak 5

Grizzly Peak is a big conical mountain in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. This is the best location in CN91 with open horizon and great take-off angles in all directions. The only problem is remoteness and the risk of wildfires.

KA6U: The photo is KA6U's location at the top of Grizzly peak. CN91 and CN81 are both accessible from Grizzly peak. Elevation is about 6500 feet.

That is a volcano in the background, Mt Shasta. Last eruption 200 years ago. I was chased off the peak on Sunday morning when the storms started coming through that ending up setting the western US on fire with "dry lightning". At 0900 local time I saw storm clouds in the distance. By 0945 I had the array down. While I was packing the tent a few minutes later it blew hard enough to blow sand.

Other photo by KA6U is part of the road to Grizzly Peak near Mt. Shasta. About 25 miles of road like this took about 90 minutes. BIG potholes.

Driving directions: Start from the south, Big Bend, to reach Grizzly Peak. This is not accessible from the north. Ignore routes from online maps like Google, because the other access roads are locked gates.

Restrictions: Watch for logging trucks, forest fires, lightning storms, bears, killer potholes and you name it.

CN81-91 Grid Line, CN81xd94

Latitude, Longitude
41.144965, -122.000347
Map Location Near city of Lofton Ridge, Shasta County, CA, Altitude 5800
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Last update: 2020-08-31
Comments by: Petry AG6EE

The CN81-91 grid line is about a mile west of Grizzly Peak CN98ad and about five miles due north of Iron Canyon Reservoir. This spot provides a good horizon in all directions except West.

Driving directions: Make your way to Grizzly Peak (41.14459, -121.97927).
You need to access it from South, from Big Bend, since it is not accessible from North.
Travel due west on unpaved roads to Lofton Ridge.
The last mile is not shown on Google Maps but the track is visible in satellite views.

Dry Lake, CN81mv77

Latitude, Longitude
41.907886, -122.940356
Map Location Near city of Oakbar, Siskiyou County, CA, Altitude 6700
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Last update: 2020-05-31
Comments by: Jamie Golly K6NGN

This is a peak on Siskiyou Summit Road, near Seiad Valley, about five miles south of the CA-OR border.

Restrictions: No services.

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