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This page - LL Stub Stewart - Dixie Mtn - Council Crest Park - Ham Radio Outlet - Milwaukie - Bald Peak - Cascade Head - Larch Mountain - Mt Hebo - Round Top - South Fork Mountain

Potential VHF rover sites in Oregon's grid CN85. Be careful.
This grid square spans two states. See also Washington CN85.
CN85 dimensions are 96.9 by 69.2 miles.
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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, Mapquest, 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.

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, Mapquest, 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

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, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

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

Council Crest Park 1 Council Crest Park 2 Council Crest Park 3 Council Crest Park 4 Council Crest Park 5 Council Crest Park 6 Council Crest Park 7

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

Ham Radio Outlet, CN85ok95

Latitude Longitude
45.437619 -122.757607
Map Location Near city of Tigard, Washington County, OR, Altitude 200
Map See Google map, Bing map, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

Last update: 2014-01-25
Source: Ham Radio Outlet Portland
Comments by: Barry K7BWH

Ham Radio Outlet 1

Best store in Oregon.

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, Mapquest, OpenStreetMap, Beam heading

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

A suburb of Portland.

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, Mapquest, 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
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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, Mapquest, 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, Mapquest, 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, Mapquest, 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, Mapquest, 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

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