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Siskiyou Plains, CN82va13

Latitude Longitude
42.015460 -122.234520
Map Location Near city of Klamath Falls, Klamath County, OR, Altitude 3520
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Last update: 2014-04-01
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

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

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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.

King Mountain, CN82jq26

Latitude Longitude
42.693161 -123.229684
Map Location Near city of Grants Pass, Josephine County, OR, Altitude 6000
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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.

Mount Ashland, CN82pb39

Latitude Longitude
42.080833 -122.720000
Map Location Near city of Ashland, Jackson County, OR, Altitude 7531
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Last update: 2014-04-01
Source: Lynn N7CFO PNW Rover Locations CN82
Comments by: author KB7WW

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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
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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
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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
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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.

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